High Noon (1952)

PG   |    |  Drama, Thriller, Western


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A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.


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  • Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in High Noon (1952)
  • "High Noon" Gary Cooper, Lon Chaney Jr. 1952 Universal
  • Grace Kelly and Fred Zinnemann in High Noon (1952)
  • "High Noon" Grace Kelly 1952 United Artists ** I.V
  • Grace Kelly publicity photo. High Noon (1952) 0044706
  • Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly High Noon (1952) / UA 0044706

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31 January 1999 | Bill-308
The definitive western movie
This is the definitive Western. There are other excellent Westerns of course ("The Unforgiven," "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid," "The Searchers," "My Darling Clementine," and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" come immediately to mind), but none tops this one. Even though the difference in age between Gary Cooper and Grace Kelley makes the thought of their marriage seem a little kinky, it's easy to buy into the story. Katy Jurado is sexy, Lloyd Bridges is callow, and the townspeople mean well, but when push comes to shove, they reveal their cowardice. (If you remember the scene in "Blazing Saddles" in which Van Johnson says, "Howard Johnson is right," you'll almost certainly laugh at an inappropriate moment in "High Noon." ) "High Noon" is a textbook example of the storyteller's art. The drama begins with the opening credits and doesn't let up until everyone's true character has been laid bare. This one is suspenseful and thrilling, and I find more to admire with every viewing.

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