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High Noon (1952)

 -  Western  -  30 July 1952 (USA)
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A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

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On the day he gets married and hangs up his badge, lawman Will Kane is told that a man he sent to prison years before, Frank Miller, is returning on the noon train to exact his revenge. Having initially decided to leave with his new spouse, Will decides he must go back and face Miller. However, when he seeks the help of the townspeople he has protected for so long, they turn their backs on him. It seems Kane may have to face Miller alone, as well as the rest of Miller's gang, who are waiting for him at the station... Written by Man_With_No_Name_126

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Western

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Rated PG for some western violence, and smoking | See all certifications »

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30 July 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la hora señalada  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The stable being burned to flush Gary Cooper happened during the last part of the movie, but the smoke from the stable fire appears in several earlier scenes. See more »

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When the mayor makes his speech in church there are children sitting in the pews with the adults. Then the children disappear, but they're back in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

[to Deputy Harvey Pell]
Joe: I knew you had guts but I never figured you for brains. It takes a pretty smart man to know when to back away.
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
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superlative 50s western
22 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Gary Cooper's greatest role, at 50, as the newly-married sheriff, Will Kane, left to fend for himself against his returning enemies, abandoned by the town he remains loyal to, and played out in real time through its 90 minute running time.

Ably supported by Grace Kelly as his pacifist Quaker wife, who discovers love and right triumphs over long-held preconceptions; Katy Jurado as Kane's former mistress, a fiery Latino type; and Lloyd Bridges as the feisty deputy; Cooper runs away with the acting honours. The theme tune by Tex Ritter is also worthy of note.

‘High Noon' works because of its tightly written script, its cracking pace and crackling tension. I've seen the film many times and always see something different to notice and admire; still, I'd love to see it again for the first time and not know the twists and turns, not know how it ends. A fabulous film – one of the best.


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