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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marshal Jed Cooper
... Rachel Warren
... Captain Wilson
... Judge Fenton
... Marshal Dave Bliss
... Sheriff Ray Calhoun
... Madame 'Peaches' Sophie
... Miller
... Matt Stone
... Jennifer
... Prisoner
... The Prophet
... Loomis
... Francis Elroy Duffy
... Reno
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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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3 August 1968 (USA)  »

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Hängt ihn höher  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)

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$16,900,000, 31 December 2017
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CASTLE THUNDER: Heard several times during the rain after Jed and Rachel's picnic. See more »

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When Captain Wilson and his men are around the fire at night and he asks Tommy and Loomis if they're gonna continue to ride with him, you will see that Tommy is lighting his pipe twice. See more »

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[first lines]
[to a calf]
Jed Cooper: I'm gonna have to carry ya, huh?
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Referenced in Sin City (2005) 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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Clint Eastwood: Now a Man with a Name!
13 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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