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High Noon (1952) Movie Information

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Fred Zinnemann


Gary Cooper
Grace Kelly
Otto Kruger
Thomas Mitchell
Lloyd Bridges
Lon Chaney Jr.





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A sheriff finds that he is stuck in a town where his own people do not want to help him because of the dangerous enemy.

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SteelCity99 04/21/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Gary Cooper as Will Kane provided much more influence than popular opinion allowed the world to admit. He plays the absolute macho type submerged in a dangerous environment of threats, a cold but sexy romance and put in a context in which he is still forced to be capable of realizing morality (what is good and what is wrong). High Noon, specifically, marks the beginning of a new era for westerns, including John Ford (you can see a big difference in substance and aim from Stagecoach [1936] to The Searchers [1956]) and the worshiped Sergio Leone. For that, this blast of a movie deserves its useless Academy Awards, its high regard and even more. 97/100

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Snoogans 02/11/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Simple, straight-forward western that spends the first hour basically setting up it's climax. The whole idea of one man reclaiming his sheriff duties to singlehandedly defend his town, in one last final stand, is commendable. The final shoot-out is worth the wait.

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Yojimbo 11/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Seminal western as Gary Cooper's heroic sheriff finds himself short of friends amongst the good townsfolk he has dedicated his life to protect when a murderous gang head towards town. The tension mounts as the clock ticks down in real time to their imminent and bloody showdown.

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patjohnson76 11/06/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A classic that somewhat holds up today. Cooper and Kelly stand out in a strong cast and the story gets going right away. I'll admit, however, that the payoff at the end was a little disappointing, given the long build-up. It'd be easy to see someone give up halfway through. I did enjoy this classic western, though I have to admit my mind drifted a bit at times and I'd have to force my attention back.

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  Daniel Corleone
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01/15/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

High Noon review

This reviewer had high hopes for this popular western classic. Viewing several before this may have affected the rating since there were so much better in terms of pace, action and character development. Will Kane (Gary Cooper) gets married to Quaker Amy Fowler (Grace Kelly). The news of criminal Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald) comes to town. Cooper was sincere in the role and the build up for the antagonist and suspense were good. Wardrobe and score were wonderful. Unfortunately, that leads to the films weak-point since Frank wasn't ruthless when shown on screen and Grace Kelly under utilized. The conclusion felt rushed based and shoot-out lacks impact. Even the people in the town were uncooperative. Screenplay could have been tweaked to improve the film. Overall, High Noon maybe ...

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A poor and overated western.

High Noon fails to create the dread of this force that is coming. When it comes you are not afraid and it is all a bit easy. It is mainly about how everyone is deserting him, and some have very good reasons, and the church scene makes no sense and does not even resolve. No character is really fleshed out and every thing is really just jumbled together. The acting is actually a bit overrated all Gary Cooper does is look forewarned to whole time. I did like the opening theme a bit but that was all.

Oscar Win Best Actor Gary Cooper 2/5- People like this performance and I wish I did, but it just not work for me. He played it to silent actually I though so it seemed more like he just did not care what he was doing. Again an actor who just looks tired throughout. His performance fails to be...

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