High Noon

High Noon

Fred Zinnemann (1952)

84min
U Certificate
Saturday 2:05pm - 3:45pm RTÉ One
SUB B&W
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This is the film that put director Fred Zinnemann on the Hollywood A-list, revived the career of Gary Cooper and made Grace Kelly a star. If that's not enough, this multiple Oscar winner was also one of the first psychological westerns, breaking the mould of the gun-toting tales that had dominated the genre since the early silent era. It was also a highly controversial film, being seen as an attack on those who deserted their colleagues during the Communist witch-hunts that turned Hollywood into a place of fear between 1947 and 1951. John Wayne was chief among the film's critics, denouncing it as "un-American". Whatever the truth about the story's origins, High Noon remains a classic thanks to its sterling performances and marvellously suspenseful "real time" structure.

Summary

A town marshal is torn between love and duty on his wedding day as he prepares for the arrival of a vengeful adversary on the midday train. Meanwhile, the townsfolk the marshal has so loyally protected are certain he will be killed in the confrontation and abandon him one by one to face his enemy alone. Western, starring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges and Lee Van Cleef. Includes RTÉ News.

Cast & Crew

Will Kane Gary Cooper
Amy Kane Grace Kelly
Jonas Henderson Thomas Mitchell
Harvey Pell Lloyd Bridges
Helen Ramirez Katy Jurado
Percy Mettrick Otto Kruger
Martin Howe Lon Chaney Jr
William Fuller Harry Morgan
Frank Miller Ian MacDonald
Mildred Fuller Eve McVeagh
Cooper Harry Shannon
Jack Colby Lee Van Cleef
James Pierce Robert J Wilke
Charlie Jack Elam
Director Fred Zinnemann
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

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