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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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Ted Post

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Arlene Golonka ... Jennifer
James Westerfield ... Prisoner
Dennis Hopper ... The Prophet
L.Q. Jones ... Loomis
Michael O'Sullivan ... Francis Elroy Duffy
Joseph Sirola ... Reno
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good the Bad and the Ugly...NOW The Man With No Name is back! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hang 'Em High See more »

Filming Locations:

Dona Ana, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,900,000, 31 December 2017
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

CASTLE THUNDER: Heard several times during the rain after Jed and Rachel's picnic. See more »

Goofs

After Cooper is brought to Judge Fenton's office, the judge tells him McCloud is being led to the gallows outside to be hanged for killing Johansson. He then asks Cooper if he wants to see what he looks like, directing him over to the window overlooking the gallows. Since Cooper bought the cattle from McCleod thinking he was Johannson, he already knows what McCleod looks like. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[to a calf]
Jed Cooper: I'm gonna have to carry ya, huh?
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Alternate Versions

As with many westerns at the time the UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to reduce facial closeups during the opening lynching and to edit Cooper's fight with Miller. Later video/DVD releases were intact. See more »

Connections

Featured in John Wayne Made Me Cry: Our Western Heros (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
Music by Thomas Hastings
Sung by crowd before mass hanging
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Interesting Concept, Ends Up Being A Bit Boring
10 July 2014 | by TheFilmGuy1See all my reviews

This is a movie that has a cool concept, has some good scenes, but overall isn't the movie it should have been. I wanted a good revenge film, but it was muddled down with things that do nothing but slow it down.

The movie gets into the action right off the bat. We meet Eastwoods character and he is immediately accused of being a cattle rustler and hung. But he survives, and he wants revenge. Sadly, a lot of the revenge is sidetracked by scenes that just make the film boring. First off, we have a lot of scenes in the beginning involving this wagon of prisoners that just seems too long. Then we have a bunch of scenes involving a trial of two cattle rustlers that were accused of murder. We also have a romance thrown in later in the third act. None of these things feel necessary. I thought maybe the movie was going somewhere with the whole corrupt law kind of idea, but it brings it up and doesn't give us much more. The movie could have cut these scenes and it wouldn't have suffered.

Clint Eastwoods performance is very... Clint Eastwood-ish. Lot's of staring and furrowed brows. It's really nothing special here. It works, but it doesn't give us anything too memorable. The other actors get the job done, but also don't really give us a lot to remember or love.

Some people might enjoy this movie, and thats okay, but I personally wouldn't say it's an amazing western. Obviously fans of the genre would want to check it out, but other than that, it just doesn't leave you with a lasting impression aside from a few interesting scenes.


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