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Hang 'em High (1968)

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Ex-lawman turned rancher Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) is moving a small herd of cattle when a group of nine men on horseback, led by Captain Wilson (Ed Begley Sr.), ride up and accuse him of having stolen the cattle and killed their owner. Refusing to believe his account, they string him up by the neck and leave him for dead, but they don't do the job right. Cooper is dangling there, barely alive, a few minutes later when Deputy U.S. Marshal Bliss (Ben Johnson) spots him and cuts him down. He

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Western, Drama, Classics

Leonard Freeman, Mel Goldberg

Jun 19, 2001

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Ted Post's direction is especially adroit at keeping the baroque flurries bubbling under the deceptive surface of old-pro craftsmanship

September 6, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Though not high-minded debate, Hang 'Em certainly counts as a solid victory lap

July 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

This is the film that brought Clint Eastwood (and his reefer smoking habit) back from Sergio Leoneland to Hollywood

May 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Move over squeaky clean John Wayne, a new darker western hero by the name of Clint Eastwood has arrived to challenge your title as top cowboy star!

March 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not one of Eastwood's best, but still a good film.

September 17, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

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This was Clint Eastwood's first western film post-Sergio Leone, and it's a pretty good one.

Clint stars as Jed Cooper- an ex-lawman turned rancher who is wrongfully accused of theft and murder by a corrupt posse. They beat him, and lynch him from a tree, but they don't do a good enough job, and he miraculously survives.

After a period of recovery, he is recruited to be a deputy marshal by the local judge who pardons him of his supposed crimes. He is urged to not seek vengeance against those who wronged him, but that proves easier said than done...

In a lot of ways, this is basically just a typical exploitation revenge kind of plot, with a toned down spaghetti western feel to it. The film kinda takes a look at the consequences of vengeance, but not as much as later Eastwood films. It adds a touch of depth to the proceedings, but in the end, this is basically just a straight up western drama.

I dug it. I mean, Ted Post is no Leone, but he's a decent enough director, and gets the job done here fairly reasonably. The film has a pretty good look about it, dry, dusty, and gritty, and it's pretty fitting given the subject matter. Clint does his thing, and delivers a typically solid performance, and gets in a few more words than his most famous character ever did. Pat Hingle is pretty good as the Judge who pardons then deputizes Jed, and it's fun seeing those two go head to head with one another concerning legal matters.

All in all, this is a decent film, and it's done well, despite the fact that it's nothing new, innovative, or revolutionary. If all you want is a solid violence driven action western, then sure, give this a look.
September 10, 2013
cosmo313
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A near perfect western. It's an old fashioned morality tale that only Clint Eastwood could bring to life. The fact that he survives a hanging and a Robocop style shooting and then hunts down his captors is enough to gain the support of any audience member. I really like that it's about the politics of the time and not just a revenge story set in the west. The corrupt nature of the courts is extremely fascinating and an important message. The greatest aspect is the incredibly bizarre style, it almost has a b-movie horror feel to it. The music, shooting style and acting is all great. Ted Post has a great eye for capturing a certain look for his movies and this is no exception.
December 5, 2010
ythelastman89

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    1. Sheriff Dave Bliss: This may be hell, but it's still Oklahoma Territory. I don't know who hung you or why, but we'll give you a trial.
    – Submitted by George P (8 months ago)
    1. Jed Cooper: [showing his hanging scar] When you hang a man, you better look at him.
    – Submitted by Aram F (3 years ago)
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