Rent High Noon (1952)

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1h 25min
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On the day Lawman Will Kane (Gary Cooper) trades in his tin star for his beautiful bride (Gracy Kelly), news arrives that a killer he helped send to jail is returning on the noon train to seek revenge. At the behest of his friends and concerned for his new bride's safety, they quickly leave town to avoid a confrontation. But Cooper release they'll never run far enough away, and heads back to town to face the killer. But when Kane tries to drum up support, one by one the townspeople he had protected turn their backs on him...until Kane stands alone to face four killers on the deserted streets of town in one of the most famous showdowns ever!
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Stanley Kramer
Carl Foreman, John W. Cunningham
Elmo Williams, Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington, Harry Gerstad
Universal Pictures
Action & Adventure, Classics
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1953 Oscar Best Editing

1953 Oscar Best Actor

1953 Oscar Best Original Song

1953 Oscar Best Dramatic or Comedy Score

Release Date:
Run Time:
85 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • 24 Minute Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo and Poster Galleries
  • Fillmography
Release Date:
Run Time:
85 minutes
English LPCM Mono
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Brand new audio commentary by historian Glenn Frankel, author of High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic
  • Brand new audio commentary by western authority Stephen Prince
  • New video interview with film historian Neil Sinyard, author of Fred Zinnemanm Films of Character and Conscience
  • A 1969 audio interview with writer Carl Foreman from the National Film Theatre in London
  • Inside 'High Noon'- an in-depth look at the making of the film
  • The Making of 'High Noon'- a documentary on the film from 1992
  • Behind 'High Noon' - a behind-the-scenes look at High Noon produced in 2002 for the film's 50th anniversary
  • Trailer

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Reviews (3) of High Noon

Do not forsake this classic western - High Noon review by PT

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Law man wants to quit and leave his violent life behind for the love of his woman. Of course the baddies never let it go when you've done something to anger them and are on their way to gun cooper down.

His wife, a brilliant Grace Kelly wants him to forego his ego, pride and courage and head for the hills.

In the end Cooper can't run with his tail between his legs and decides to wait for the inivetable, kill or be killed, putting Grace on the stage alone.

Top class film with some brilliant scenes, like watching his wife leaving on the aforementioned stage, their faces saying everything. The watching of the clock approaching high noon and the arrival of the train with the real menacing bad guys (including a very young Lee Van Clef), not to mention the shoot out itself.


4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Great concept but a bit of an anticlimax - High Noon review by RJ

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The set up of this film is simple and classic. Just over an hour before he is set to retire and leave town with his new bride, Marshal Will Kane receives news that Frank Miller, a violent criminal who he put behind bars, has been pardoned and is arriving on the noon train to meet his three accomplices and seek revenge on Kane. He is implored by his wife and many of the townsfolk (some with Kane's interests at heart, some with their own) to leave town, but with a new marshal not due to arrive until the next day, Kane is unable to turn his back on the town, fearing not only that Miller would pursue him if he fled but also that Miller would set about dragging the town back into the state it was in before he rid it of Miller and cleaned the place up.

For the next hour, Kane tries unsuccessfully to enlist a posse of deputies to help him face Miller. Some have a personal grievance against Kane; others were able to benefit financially from the criminal activities of Miller; others are simply too scared or jaded to fight. Abandoned by everyone (even, seemingly, his wife), Kane heads alone towards a fateful showdown with the four criminals.

I really wanted to like this film more than I did. I think my main gripe is that is somehow fails to exploit the potential of the classic set up. It's engaging and there are lots of good performances, but it's also rather episodic as it goes through the process of showing the moral failings of all of the people who abandon Kane in his (literal) hour of need. Kane's determination to stand for what is right, and the ease with which he is deserted by people who he has helped in the past, is quite compelling (and, inevitably, widely interpreted as a comment on McCarthysism, HUAC etc). Tension builds to an extent, but is never really ratcheted up to the nerve-jangling level that it could have been. And when Frank Miller finally arrives, he is an underwhelming, forgettable villain. The confrontation between Kane and Miller's gang is anticlimactic - Miller, supposedly a terrifying, hardened criminal is ultimately defeated after being lightly shoved in the face by Grace Kelly, allowing Kane to shoot him. I am a fan of Sergio Leone's westerns, in which climactic showdowns are stylised, operatic and protracted - so I'm being a bit unfair judging this film by those standards. I'm sure if you find Leone's westerns absurd and overblown then the brevity of this film's climax would be refreshing.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

So simple it’s almost perfect - High Noon review by HW

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A plot so deceptively simple, you could show this as a classic example of the genre: Marshall Will Kane (Gary Cooper) has until noon to get help against the return of Frank Miller, a violent ruffian travelling from jail via train. What adds complexity to this masterpiece of real-time tension (all clocks in the film are counting down the minutes to noon) are all the varied, arguably cowardly reasons why the whole community refuse to help their marshal and a soap-opera level love triangle between the marshal, his new wife and an old flame. This classic western is also surprisingly cynical (almost on a ‘The Man who shot Liberty Valance’ level) and is arguably both a tribute to and criticism of heroic masculinity. Will Kane’s main motivation for staying in town to face the villains is that he’s never run from anyone before. This doesn’t stop Gary Cooper from delivering a painfully vulnerable performance of an ideal western hero crumbling under pressure and fear. Western figures like Howard Hawks criticised this vulnerability but I agree with Bill Clinton’s interpretation of this thriller: courage is not the absence of fear but the mastery of it. 

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