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High Noon

  • Drama
  • 1952
  • Fred Zinnemann
  • 84 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Will KaneGary Cooper
Amy KaneGrace Kelly
Jonas HendersonThomas Mitchell
Harvey PellLloyd Bridges
Helen RamirezKaty Jurado
Percy MettrickOtto Kruger
Martin HoweLon Chaney Jr
William FullerHarry Morgan
Frank MillerIan MacDonald
Mildred FullerEve McVeagh
CooperHarry Shannon
Jack ColbyLee Van Cleef
James PierceRobert J Wilke
CharlieJack Elam

Crew

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DirectorFred Zinnemann

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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