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High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (1980)

Former Marshal Will Kane returns to Hadleyville a year after he resigned and finds the town in the grip of a tyrannical marshal who abuses his power.

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Martin Garver (as Henry Max Kendrick)
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Will Kane returns to his hometown of Hadleyville with his wife Amy for the first time in years since his famous gunfight with Frank Miller and his gang to face a new menace of his town in the grip of a bounty-hunting marshal named J.D. Ward and his two gun-happy deputies pursuing Ben Irons, a drifter wanted dead or alive for a crime he didn't commit whom he asks Kane to help him which sets the stage for a second major gunfight within the town. Written by Anonymous

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Will Kane: Son, you don't want to do what you're thinkin'
Harlan Tyler: I don't, huh?
Will Kane: You can't talk to him, huh?
Ben Irons: No, I'm just his interpreter.
Will Kane: All right, Ben... he touches his gun, I go to you first and then him.
Ben Irons: That's a stylish bluff... makes a poor child stop and consider... almost like you think you can take us both.
Will Kane: Well, I got no reason to doubt it.
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He left Bonanza for this?
18 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's always been Hollywood's ongoing, unforgivable sin to make an unwanted sequel to a well-established classic. At some point the decision was made to try and make another story to High Noon; it seems almost like an impossible mission to completely mess this up - decent actors, gorgeous location, respectable if not a fantastic script... and... well, as I sit here and watch this film I regret to say this movie simply does not hold a candle. It does not hold a candle as most "forced" sequels do to ingenious films preceding them.

All I can see in this movie is an aged Pernell Roberts who left 'Bonanza' for all the right reasons but his taste in scripts probably lead to such a stagnant career. Lee Majors doesn't quite impress and neither does Carradine; it would take until Kill Bill with Quentin Tarrantino to finally put the spotlight on him. Most of the acting falls flat and the story doesn't quite make up it's mind as to whether it should be about one person or several of them. In a two-hour time slot, that's not a good sign: if your characters still aren't quite relatable or memorable for a large chunk of my viewing time, why should I be watching this? This is a movie that tries so hard but it shouldn't have to. Maybe it is a good film compared to what most folks disagree with, myself among them, but I can't quite see what makes this particularly good. It feels more like an extended modern remake of Bonanza, the same show Roberts was trying to avoid. A pity. This movie shouldn't have low scores, but it does. Why? Someone decided to call it 'High Noon II'.

...had marketing not attached it to something better, maybe, just maybe, we'd all like this a little bit better than we do now.


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