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August 20, 2017
One of the last great westerns.
August 7, 2017
As for it being a Western? It's solid, nothing spectacular, the direction from Ted Post gives a couple of memorable scenes for us craving for something classic (I personally loved Dennis Hopper's scene as "Prophet", plus the climactic showdown at the hideout is played well), though it also feels padded a few times. The score is memorable, but a big culprit for the padded feel is the editing. Some scenes last too long, others not enough, or one scene will cut into another abruptly which ruins the mood of both scenes. It's really all over the place.
½ July 24, 2017
Despite Clint easwoods amazing performance as usual, I didn't like this film, I just thought it was a boring western
March 8, 2017
Though by no means the best Western that Eastwood has acted in (not even the best from the 60s in fact) this is still a solid film in the genre that despite being conventional still has relatively solid issues that tackled within the narrative and it also has a solid plot. The cast supporting Eastwood are good, I like the score, the action is realistic and not overblown and the visuals though not extravagant do at least throw you into the world portrayed.
January 27, 2017
Clint Eastwood is out for vengeance after being left for dead. There is certainly nobody better than Eastwood for this type of role. It was a reasonable Western, but it could have had a stronger ending. (First and only viewing - 7/24/2010)
½ January 27, 2017
Probably my least favorite of all the Clint Eastwood westerns but I still enjoyed it.
November 4, 2016
I don't understand the praise for this one. It's a pretty generic Western, with the only thing different the music, but that gets really campy at a lot of points. It also mostly feels directionless and confused, with a very distracted plot. I get that they were riffing on history, but they took on too much while still folding in all the usual cliches. This is like a sad imitation of the Spaghetti Westerns with all the trappings of the mid century American Westerns... There's just not a lot of depth or complexity here at all.
September 2, 2016
Decent western. It seems confused between being an old fashioned moral tale and a gritty revisionist western. It also works a little too hard at its anti capital punishment message, and with its shoe-horned love story, it ends up feeling a little confused.
½ July 19, 2016
good western- Sergio Leone style
½ February 28, 2016
Obviously not as good as the Dollars trilogy, but still very enjoyable.
September 14, 2015
Wrongly accused of murder Eastwood is hung but survives. He then tracks down his would be murderers for his own brand of justice
½ August 15, 2015
"Hang 'Em High" seems to be a rather forgotten Clint Eastwood gem and I think it deserves more attention because while it's not as great as some of his other movies it is very good. The film's acting is very good all around. The score of the film is excellent. The cinematography is also very good. The costume design is really good as well and really makes you feel like you're in the old west. The characters are also well fleshed out. The film has a very consistent tone as well. One of my problems with the film though is that sometimes it does get a little unfocused in it's narrative. There are defiantly some slow scenes as well. There are some poor scene cuts. Another thing is that there are some plot points in the film that would have added some more depth but they were introduced so late into the film that it was hard to really care about them. Overall though "Hang 'Em High" is an overlooked Clint Eastwood film that has it's flaws but is worth checking out at least one time.

May 25, 2015
Hang 'Em High is a pretty good western film. Eastwood and the rest of the crew do a good job, and the story is pretty fun. The movie is a revenge film, but does have some nice moments of depth. Eastwood is the typical gun slinging do gooder who always manages to survive these shootouts. His quest and motives are simple yet effective. The story has a great opening and for the next 45 minutes or so it was very good. It suffers from feeling like the Man With No Name trilogy want a be, being Eastwood's first western since then and all. It doesn't do enough to be as memorable as you'd like it to be, virtually every aspect of it was done better in those original films. There is an added romantic subplot that goes absolutely nowhere and strays from the main focus of the story. There are too many subplots as well. This is a fine western with some good shootouts and a simple story, it is well made yet not entirely memorable. Hang 'Em High gets 3/5 stars (B-).
½ April 14, 2015
Clint Eastwood was and is one of the most iconic movie cowboys in the history of cinema. In "Hang 'Em High" he is Jed Cooper, an ex-lawman, whose cattle herding is put to an abrupt stop, when nine men come and accuse him (wrongfully) stealing the herd and they beat him and hang him. But he survives and is taken to a judge, who finds him not guilty and offers him his old job back, to hunt the nine men and bring them back alive, so they can judge them and hang them...
The story starts simple enough and for a while that seems to be the whole company line but luckily Clint have some "side missions" as well and they shape the story much and more and the whole is a nicely multi-layerd, very well written western.
February 9, 2015
It still has that Spaghetti Western feel that I love along with another good Eastwood plot where he's to get revenge on those who wrongfully tried to hang him!
February 6, 2015
It´s the Oklahoma Territory in 1889. Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) drives a small herd of cattle across a stream. Suddenly a posse containing of Captain Wilson (Ed Begley), Reno (Joseph Sirola), Miller (Bruce Dern), Jenkins (Bob Steele), Matt Stone (Alan Hale, Jr.), Charlie Blackfoot (Ned Romero), Maddow (Russell Thorson), Tommy (Jonathan Lippe) and Loomis (L. Q. Jones) surround him and accuse him of having stolen the herd. He shows them a receipt for the cattle, but the man he bought them from was a rustler who killed the herd's owners. Cooper explains that he knew nothing about the murder, but only Jenkins expresses doubts about his guilt. After Reno takes Cooper's saddle and Miller takes his wallet, the men hang him from a tree and ride away, leaving him for dead. Federal Marshal Dave Bliss (Ben Johnson) sees Cooper in the distance and cuts him down while he is still alive. Bliss puts him in irons and takes him to Fort Grant, where the territorial judge, Adam Fenton (Pat Hingle), determines that Cooper is innocent, sets him free and warns him not to become a vigilante. He then shows Cooper the man who is responsible for the crime he was accused of. The man, Mcloud, is immediately hung for the murders and rustling. As an alternative, Fenton offers Cooper, a former lawman, the badge of a Deputy U.S. Marshal. Cooper accepts, and Fenton warns him not to kill the men who lynched him. During his first assignment as a marshal, Cooper sees his saddle on a horse in front of a small-town saloon. He finds Reno inside and tries to arrest him, but Reno reaches for his gun, forcing Cooper to shoot him dead. When word of this becomes public, Jenkins turns himself in and provides the names of the rest of the hanging posse. Cooper is determined to hunt down his lynchers and bring them to justice in any which way...

"Hang 'Em High" is a 1968 American Revisionist Western film and the first film produced by Clint Eastwood's Malpaso Company. The Revisionist Western, Modern Western or Anti-Western traces to the mid 1960s and early 1970s as a subgenre of the Western movie. Some post-WWII Western films began to question the ideals and style of the traditional Western. Elements include a darker, more cynical tone, with focus on the lawlessness of the time period, favouring realism over romanticism. Anti-heroes are still common, but with stronger roles for women and more-sympathetic portrayal of Native Americans and Mexicans. Regarding power and authority, these depictions favour critical views of big business, the American government, masculine figures (including the military and their policies), and a turn to greater historical authenticity. The film became a major success after release in July 1968, and with an opening day revenue of $5,241 in Baltimore alone, it became the biggest United Artists opening in history, exceeding all of the James Bond films at that time. It debuted at number five on Variety?' s weekly survey of top films and had made its money back within two weeks of screening. It eventually grossed $6.8 million in the U.S. It was widely praised by critics, including Arthur Winsten of the New York Post, who described "Hang 'Em High" as "a Western of quality, courage, danger and excitement". Variety gave the film a negative review, calling it "a poor American-made imitation of a poor Italian-made imitation of an American-made western". "Hang 'Em High" is yet another revenge themed western amongst Clint Eastwood´s film catalogue, and in one way nothing new except maybe the cynical look on the law and justice. In general it´s an ok western with interesting point of views on justice and vigilantism, but yet there´s nothing that really stands out or that truly engage you. Not one of Clint Eastwood´s best in my opinion.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2015
Old classic western with Clint. Not his best but its quite good. A bit slow parts sometimes but have great action overall. He gets hanged and survive and will now revenge..
½ January 2, 2015
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. Time for Revenge
½ December 29, 2014
Great movie. Hang Em High is another successful western in Eastwood's career. It's a fun, well-written, smartly executed, nicely directed revenge adventure, with a great performance from Eastwood.
August 21, 2014
It's a Spaghetti western without being a Spaghetti western.
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