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High Noon
Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly




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Gary Cooper is Hollywood's perfect hero, the very embodiment of integrity and grace in this greatest of Westerns. As a newly married town marshal, he must balance an innate sense of justice and duty with loyalty to his beautiful new--and pacifist--bride when he is left by an ungrateful town to face a gang of deadly outlaws alone. As we watch spellbound, film time is real time as the showdown grows ever closer. HIGH NOON is a masterpiece that is frequently interpreted as a parable about artists left to "stand alone" and face persecution during the HUAC Hollywood blacklisting. However, Howard Hawks allegedly devised RIO BRAVO as an answer to the film's "wimpiness," and John Wayne once declared HIGH NOON as un-American--he was apparently offended by the ending of the film, which shows Sheriff Kane removing his badge and tossing it in the dirt.

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Overview

Gary Cooper is Hollywood's perfect hero, the very embodiment of integrity and grace in this greatest of Westerns. As a newly married town marshal, he must balance an innate sense of justice and duty with loyalty to his beautiful new--and pacifist--bride when he is left by an ungrateful town to face a gang of deadly outlaws alone. As we watch spellbound, film time is real time as the showdown grows ever closer. HIGH NOON is a masterpiece that is frequently interpreted as a parable about artists left to "stand alone" and face persecution during the HUAC Hollywood blacklisting. However, Howard Hawks allegedly devised RIO BRAVO as an answer to the film's "wimpiness," and John Wayne once declared HIGH NOON as un-American--he was apparently offended by the ending of the film, which shows Sheriff Kane removing his badge and tossing it in the dirt.

Awards:
1952 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1952 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1952 - Academy Awards - Best Original Score Winner
1952 - Academy Awards - Best Original Song Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Fred Zinnemann - Director
Gary Cooper
Grace Kelly
Katy Jurado
Thomas Mitchell
Lloyd Bridges
Otto Kruger
Lon Chaney
Harry Morgan
Lee Van Cleef
Robert J. Wilke

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 84
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 887090037204
  • Genre: Western
  • Rating: Not Rated (some western violence, and smoking)
  • Release Date: June 1998

Related Categories:
Movies > Westerns

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Synopsis:
As Sheriff Will Kane prepares to retire from his law-making, gun-fighting duties and marry his pacifist girlfriend, he receives word that a man he sent to prison has been pardoned. Kane initially escapes, but returns to protect the town from this killer and his band of outlaws only to find hostility and resentment among the uncooperative townsfolk.

Notes:
HIGH NOON was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989. The New York Film Critics chose HIGH NOON as Best Film of 1952 and named Fred Zinnemann Best Director of 1952. Jack Elam, who would make a career out of being an often drunk minor character in Westerns, is the man in the drunk tank in HIGH NOON. A made-for-TV sequel was aired in 1980. "High Noon Part II: Return of Will Kane" starred Lee Majors in the Gary Cooper role, joined by David Carradine, J. A. Preston, Pernell Roberts, and M. Emmet Walsh. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay.

Reviews:
"...Filmdom's definitive dusty-street shootout..." - 07/19/1998 USA Today, p.5E


"...A classic Western..." - 03/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.64


"...The almost silent final 15 minutes have more excitement than most of today's volume-cranked blockbusters can even dream of..." - 04/01/2001 Total Film, p.110


"...Gary Cooper forged a new kind of hero as a lawman left swinging in the wind. Also innovative was its use of real time..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.29


"[A] new kind of American fable: the socially conscious western..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.9


"Director Fred Zinnemann's iconic Western plays like a Johnny Cash song..." -- Grade: B - 06/20/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.54


"Another classic, directed by Fred Zinnemann from a screenplay by Carl Foreman." - 07/04/2013 Wall Street Journal

 

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