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Hang 'Em High (1968)

M | | Western | 3 August 1968 (USA)
When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice.

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A band of vigilantes catch Jed Cooper and, incorrectly believing him guilty of cattle rustling and murder, hang him and leave him for dead. But he doesn't die. He returns to his former profession of lawman to hunt down his lynchers and bring them to justice. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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The hanging was the best show in town. But they made two mistakes. They hung the wrong man and they didn't finish the job. See more »

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Hängt ihn höher  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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First of three cinematic films that actor Pat Hingle made with Clint Eastwood. The pictures are (in order): Hang 'Em High (1968), The Gauntlet (1977) and Sudden Impact (1983). Each picture was made in a different decade, one in the 60s, one in the 70s and one in the 80s. The pair also collaborated on the TV episode Rawhide: The Book (1965). Both Hang 'Em High (1968) and Sudden Impact (1983) feature Eastwood as a tough guy lawman who borderlines on vigilantism and Hingle as his superior who has a heavy disdain for the way he does things. See more »

Goofs

In the shot just before the Prophet is killed, at least six men are locked in the prison wagon. In the shot just after the killing, there are only two men in the wagon. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[to a calf]
Jed Cooper: I'm gonna have to carry ya, huh?
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Referenced in Machete Kills (2013) See more »

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Shall We Gather at the River?
(uncredited)
By Robert Lowry
Sung by crowd before mass hanging
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"When you hang a man, you better look at him"
25 November 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

I realize "Hang 'em high" isn't the most well-known of Clint Eastwood's westerns but it sure as hell is a one wonderful and successful movie. The first scene is a classic and the hanging scene in the somewhat middle of the film is very powerful and memorable. Dialogue is splendid and the acting is truly excellent. No need to mention Pat Hingle shines as Judge Fenton.

Almost all of Eastwood's other American-made westerns did have that certain spaghetti-oriented feeling in them. "Hang 'em high" is perhaps perhaps the one that looks most like so-called traditional American western. However the role of Jed Cooper is like a tailor made for good-old Clint, or in this case young Clint. He's tough, charming and downright marvellous and once again he shows why John Wayne can kiss his boots.

"Hang 'em high" is an exquisite experience, clever, deep, impressive and entertaining. Actually this is even better than Don Siegel's "Two mules for Sister Sara" and I loved it too. This is a movie that gets better every time you see it. If you didn't fully appreciate or understand it the first time you should watch it again and again and again and notice that every single time it offers something new to you. To all of you dear Eastwood-fans across the world, watch this fantastic film! 9/10


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