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½ July 7, 2017
Old western without the typically frequent shootout scenes. Marshal Will Kane, acted out by Gary Cooper, just got married to a wonderful lady acted out by Grace Kelly. Few minutes later there is a rumor that some bad fellas are coming to town. Frank Miller is the baddest, and he probably bring some of his friends. They prepare, but most people are too afraid to participate so Kane does so alone while his new wife leaves him as she can't bear him to die the same day the marry. This is a pretty cool plot and it's very nice that it's told in real time - we count minutes together with the citizens. The wait is a bit too long, but I found it worth the wait when the showdown finally takes place. I also dig the repeated song we hear a lot.

A smart and pretty innovative western classic, that's not all about shooting and hustling. There is more of preparation and waiting here, and that adds both pros and cons to the table.

7 out of 10 marshals.
July 5, 2017
Do not forsake me oh my darling. Utter classic and even at my age I appreciate. This film is 40yrs old than me.
July 2, 2017
An hour and a half of build-up to one short but harrowing gunfight. A lesson in how much more intense action is when you CARE about the characters.
June 4, 2017
A classic Western in which a newly wed Gary Cooper tries to persuade a town full of reluctant locals to help him take on a gunslinger and his posse. There's a very effective ramping up of the pressure as the town awaits the arrival of the noon train aboard which the freed criminal is travelling. Gary Cooper is a stoic and unflappable hero and I particularly like the sultry Katy Jurado as a local femme fatal. The climax of the movie is perhaps a tad underwhelming given the length of time devoted to the build-up, but his is still a wonderful and gripping drama and shows Cooper at his Oscar winning best.
June 1, 2017
Western from 1952 not starring John Wayne or James Stewart but Gary Cooper in the lead role as Marshal Will Kane who's world comes shattering down around him.
Basically Kane successfully put away a bad guy Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald) manyyears ago. A bad guy who terrorized the town of Hadleyville in New Mexico.
However some do gooders 'in the North' in their wisdom have changed his death penalty to life imprisonment and now given him a pardon (ridiculous I know).
Miller is about to return to Hadleyville to settle a few scores perhaps and is due on the noon train.
The film is almost real time as the countdown to noon begins.
The wedding day of Kane is ruined and he is betrayed by reluctant townsfolk unwilling to get involved in the impending battle.
Cooper like Wayne is a reluctant hero figure and he rightly won a Best Actor Academy Award.
Director Fred Zinnemann delivers a suspenseful Western that even critics of the Western genre can enjoy.
The film is also memorable for a theme song that crops up throughout the film in days when such a thing wasn't ususal. The song in question being 'Don't Forsake Me Oh My Darling'.
½ May 30, 2017
High Noon is one of the greatest westerns Hollywood has managed to produce. Zinnemann directs with his usually artful curiosity and virtuoso intensity, delivering a taut milestone of American filmmaking.
May 4, 2017
High Noon is not a bad Western, although it is a little bland with a weak story. I thought it was tolerable, but I am somewhat confused by its stellar reputation. (First and only viewing - 6/29/2014)
March 30, 2017
High Noon is a timeless story that should resonate with everybody..
March 20, 2017
There aren't that many people either in film or every day life who will stand up for what he knows is the right thing to do. That's why this film will always be remembered and unbeatable in terms of strength, heart and dignity.
½ March 16, 2017
Strong. Clear. Layered. Harsh honesty of community. (Not your typical western). Even strongly feminist.
March 6, 2017
The role of Will Kane was rejected by quite a few actors. Among them John Wayne, Marlon Brando and Gregory Peck. However I am very happy they declined the role because I feel nobody could have played the character better than Gary Cooper. An excellent performance well deserving of the Academy Award for Best Actor. "High Noon" is definitely one of the greatest Westerns ever. It ranks up there with the great Westerns directed by John Ford such as "The Searchers" and the absolutely phenomenal "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". Gary Cooper is helped by an equally excellent supporting cast which includes Harry Morgan and Lloyd Bridges. What also helps make "High Noon" great is that the movie is just the right length and is not drawn out in any way. The very small subplots don't get in the way of the very intriguing main story line of Will Kane's predicament. I do have one small problem with the film I have to admit. I did not like the casting of Grace Kelly as Will Kane's new wife. Kelly gives a terrific performance, but I did not buy them as a couple (Cooper was fifty when the movie was filmed. Kelly was twenty-one.). Still that is a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent film. More than sixty years later "High Noon" has stood the test of time. While I am very pleased "High Noon" received much deserved recognition from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, it is absolutely ludicrous that this movie lost the award for Best Picture to "The Greatest Show on Earth".
February 13, 2017
It's a corny, but very classic western, with a memorable and unforgettable theme song, and performance by Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. It's a movie that builds some suspense all the way during the end, although the gun fight disappointed me a bit, I found it to be bland and short. But otherwise, for it's time, it's a cool movie, I now know where Ti West's In a Valley of Violence (2016), which was memorable, got most of it's inspiration from as well as what it references. Recommended !!
February 1, 2017
My classic movie of the day. I have heard about this for decades. I can see why it is highly rated.
December 20, 2016
It was a quite simple story , this is no weakness . You will enjoy the most how Gary Cooper and Fred Zinnemann turned this plane story into a tense and thriller combined with depicting portrait of a real man with charisma and care and love for his life and persons around him .
The credits goes first to Cooper master acting and Z always just to the point movies .
If Im gonna be critic about one thing , just like other Zinnemann movie , A man for all seasons , the duration of the movie was too short , one would pity why a good movie be so concise while the joy possibly could last longer with his fine art assured it .
November 19, 2016
"The most un-American thing I've ever seen in my whole life." -John Wayne
November 5, 2016
Very effective way to dish out the enemy and a play of the game
½ November 3, 2016
High Noon is a downbeat western characterised by duty, doubt and dread.
The real-time aesthetic used and abused by director Fred Zinnemann is a gimmicky-yet-gripping delight. But more importantly, it helps to conjure up and maintain an air of suspense and intrigue it would take a certain John Ford decades to match.
Short, sharp and suspenseful, Zinnemann's film is a western with zing - a respectable genre classic free from the usual all-American yawn factor. Look out for a young Lee Van Cleef giving "the strong, silent type" a whole new meaning.
September 17, 2016
I had never seen it....pretty damn good movie.
½ September 16, 2016
There could have been a star who could have added a touch of vulnerability to the hero, Will Kane. Cooper, sadly, is too wooden, save for one fleeting moment where he truly feels helpless and alone.
In spite of this, the film is tense, smart, subversive, philosophical, wonderfully cynical and strikingly shot.
Speaking no audible dialogue in his film debut, Lee Van Cleef makes one hell of an impression. He was cast for the role because he had kind of an evil face. He stands out so much he's almost a distraction.
Katy Jurado's Helen Ramirez is a breath of fresh air. She's the sort of woman who'd be typed as the "villain's woman" in a classic Hollywood Western, who has the look of a femme fatale, who plots, schemes and generally shoots glaring looks, and dies once she redeems herself. Helen is not that sort. Not only does she live to the end, she's a much more three-dimensional character, conflicted in a different way. Her femme fatale look reflects her jaded personality, which comes out of the prejudice she faces as a Mexican in a white town. Her subplot was a pleasant surprise.
Grace Kelly condemned her own performance, but it's not as bad as she thinks. Alfred Hitchcock praised her in the moments where she rushes to save her husband from his one-on-four battle.
The ending is nothing short of powerful.
All in all, worth a second watch.
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