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Release Date:
3 August 1968 (USA) See more »
Eastwood is Judge, Jury and Executioner! See more »
When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Marshal Jed Cooper

Inger Stevens ... Rachel Warren

Ed Begley ... Captain Wilson

Pat Hingle ... Judge Fenton

Ben Johnson ... Marshal Dave Bliss

Charles McGraw ... Sheriff Ray Calhoun

Ruth White ... Madame 'Peaches' Sophie

Bruce Dern ... Miller

Alan Hale Jr. ... Matt Stone (blacksmith)

Arlene Golonka ... Jennifer

James Westerfield ... Prisoner

Dennis Hopper ... The Prophet

L.Q. Jones ... Loomis

Michael O'Sullivan ... Francis Elroy Duffy

Joseph Sirola ... Reno

James MacArthur ... The Preacher

Bob Steele ... Jenkins

Bert Freed ... Schmidt

Russell Thorson ... Maddow (as Russell Thorsen)

Ned Romero ... Charlie Blackfoot

Jonathan Goldsmith ... Tommy (as Jonathan Lippe)
Richard Gates ... Ben (as Rick Gates)
Bruce Scott ... Billy Joe (16yo)
Richard Guizon
Tod Andrews ... Defense Attorney

Mark Lenard ... Prosecutor
Roy Glenn ... Guard
Paul Sorensen ... Prisoner on Scaffold (as Paul Sorenson)
Richard Angarola ... Posse Member

Larry J. Blake ... Prisoner in Compound (as Larry Blake)
Ted Thorpe
Robert Jones
Barry Cahill

John Wesley ... Guard
Dennis Dengate

Bill Zuckert ... Sheriff
Hal England ... Brother

Robert Williams ... Elwood (as Robert B. Williams)
Tony Di Milo (as Tony di Milo)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Cochran ... Jailer (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Townsman (uncredited)

Frank Ellis ... Prisoner in Wagon (uncredited)
Herbert Ellis ... Swede (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen ... Williams (uncredited)

Nicholas Georgiade ... Prisoner in Wagon (uncredited)

Jack Ging ... Marshal Ace Hayes (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Hanging Spectator (uncredited)
Buck Harrington ... Hanging Spectator (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Townsman (uncredited)

Michael Lembeck ... Store Clerk (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Hanging Spectator (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Prisoner in Wagon (uncredited)

Hank Robinson ... Deputy Outside Sheriff's Office (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jerry Schumacher ... Townsman (uncredited)
K.L. Smith ... Prisoner in Wagon (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Hanging Spectator (uncredited)
George Tracy ... Prisoner in Compound (uncredited)
Roxanne Tunis ... Extra (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Prisoner in Compound (uncredited)

Directed by
Ted Post 
Writing credits
Leonard Freeman (written by) and
Mel Goldberg (written by)

Produced by
Leonard Freeman .... producer
Irving L. Leonard .... associate producer (as Irving Leonard)
Robert Stambler .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography) (as Richard Kline)
Leonard J. South (director of photography) (as Leonard South)
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Casting by
Jane Murray 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman  (as John Goodman)
Set Decoration by
Arthur Krams 
Makeup Department
Irving Pringle .... makeup artist
Keester Sweeney .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Mayer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard C. Bennett .... assistant director (as Richard Bennett)
Donald C. Klune .... assistant director (as Don Klune)
Art Department
Carl Beondé .... property master (as Carl Beonde)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Al Strasser .... sound (as Al Strasser Jr.)
Special Effects by
Gene Grigg .... special effects (as Dewey Grigg)
George Swartz .... special effects
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elva Martien .... wardrobe: women's
Gene Murray .... wardrobe: men's
Glenn Wright .... wardrobe: men's (as Glen Wright)
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor
Igo Kantor .... music coordinator
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
John Caper Jr. .... music editor (uncredited)
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Don Olds .... driver captain
Other crew
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)
Kenneth Lee .... wrangler (as Kenny Lee)
Robert aaron Brown .... gun master (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:A (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1975) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (2000) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | USA:Approved (certificate #21776) | USA:M (original rating) (Approved No. 21776) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

United Artists executives suggested experienced action film directors like John Sturges and Robert Aldrich, but Clint Eastwood gave the director's reins to Ted Post, who had directed twenty-four episodes of "Rawhide" (1959) and was very good at dialogue. Co-stars Charles McGraw, Ed Begley, Bruce Dern and Pat Hingle had all appeared in "Rawhide" episodes directed by Post.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The characters clearly cast multiple shadows both indoors and in outdoors daylight scenes as they are being lit by studio lights.See more »
[first lines]
[to a calf]
Jed Cooper:I'm gonna have to carry ya, huh?
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44 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Clint Eastwood: Now a Man with a Name!, 13 May 2000

The film begins brilliantly and brutally with a lynch mob leaving Eastwood for dead at the end of a rope...

He is rescued, eventually cleared of suspicion, and appointed deputy with 'a license to hunt' by a famous hanging-Judge Parker (Pat Hingle) with a clear warning: All the criminals are to be taken alive for trial...

Eastwood proceeds to clean up the worst crimes in the state, but doubting his own motives, he always avoids capturing the gang of nine vigilantes who were responsible for his near-death...

Inexorably, the confrontation comes nearer. The leader of the gang, Captain Wilson (played by Ed Begley), returns to town and wounds Eastwood. This provides an encounter with another victim of the vigilantes, Rachel (Inger Stevens) who nurses Eastwood and reveals that the same gang raped her after murdering her husband...

Eastwood's character is unlike Gregory Peck's character as the blind seeker of justice in "The Bravados" (1958), and much different for the 'Stranger.' He has now more dialog, he has a romance of sorts, and although he is equally proficient with the gun he always waited for the court's justice rather than dispensing his own, as he readily did in the Italian Westerns. He also exhibits less of the dry humor that had characterized the Stranger, and most sacrilegious of all, he has a name, Jed Cooper.

"Hang 'em High" remains a study of differences between public and private forms of justice, but the motivations behind both are left confused and unsatisfying... The gripping mass execution on a big platform, is brilliantly directed by Ted Post, but the film has neither the magic or the mystique of a Leone film...

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