A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.
A simple stagecoach trip is complicated by the fact that Geronimo is on the warpath in the area. The passengers on the coach include a drunken doctor, two women, a bank manager who has taken off with his client's money, and the famous Ringo Kid, among others.Written by
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The members of the production crew were billeted in Kayenta, in Northeastern Arizona, in an old CCC camp. Conditions were spartan, production hours long, and weather conditions at this 5700 foot elevation were extreme with constant strong winds and low temperatures. Nonetheless, John Ford was satisfied with the crew's location work. See more »
As the stagecoach crosses the river at the burnt out ferry, the shadow of a camera is clearly visible on the driver's back. See more »
These hills here are full of Apaches. They've burnt every ranch building in sight.
[referring to Indian scout]
He had a brush with them last night. Says they're being stirred up by Geronimo.
Geronimo? How do we know he isn't lying?
No, he's a Cheyenne. They hate Apaches worse than we do.
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Orson Welles liked it, I was... well... it was okay.
Orson Welles saw this movie 42 times. Then he made Citizen Kane.
I saw this film three times. Then I made a sandwich. Classical Hollywood Narrative in a Genre that refuses to die, the Western. Stagecoach is a movie which is begging to be remade as a sci-fi road movie, but has been poorly remade on so many occasions no studio would / should touch it. Its difficult to assess the movie in the twenty-first century - the pace seems laboured at time, the portrayal of natives seems crude, the climactic cavalry charge cliched. Perhaps because it created those cliches. Watch it, sure... but don't expect to come away with Citizen Kane under your belt. I'll eat my sandwich, and watch it another thirty-nine times.
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