High Noon

  • U
  • Fred Zinnemann (1952)
  • US
  • 84 min
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Film Review
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5 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Classic western, starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. Marshal Will Kane's wedding celebrations are interrupted by the news that his arch enemy is arriving on the noon train, seeking revenge.

Cast and 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
Harry Shannon
Jack Colby
Lee Van Cleef
James Pierce
Robert J Wilke
Jack Elam


Fred Zinnemann

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U