Hang 'Em High

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Released 1968

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Director:
Ted Post
Released:
1968
Rating:
PG-13
Hang ÔEm High is a Western film directed by Ted Post that follows a man seeking his revenge against the men who unjustly tried to lynch him in the Oklahoma Territory in 1889. Nine men, including Captain Wilson (Ed Begley), Miller (Bruce Dern), Charlie Blackfoot (Ned Romero), and Loomis (L.Q. Jones), had surrounded Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) as he was taking his newly purchased cattle across pasture, accusing him of working with a rustler who had killed the herd's original owner. Disbelieving his story, the nine rob him and leave him for dead, hanging from a tree. When Cooper's saved by Federal Marshall Dave Bliss (Ben Johnson) and declared innocent by Judge Adam Fenton (Pat Hingle), Cooper takes on the job of a marshal in order to hunt down those nine, which included the real rustler and murderer. Considered a ÒWestern of quality, courage, danger, and excitementÓ by the New York Post, Hang ÔEm High is a rough-tumbling tale of vengeance in its best form.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Begley and Stevens add tone to the cast, and Hingle comes over like an especially earnest Karl Malden. The moral of the story is vaguely against capital punishment, and there's a l...

  • 60

    Time Out

    More interesting as a way station in Eastwood's career than for anything intrinsic to its lawman/vigilante scenario, this was his first American Western after the spaghettis.

  • 50

    Variety

    Hang 'em High comes across as a poor-made imitation of a poor Italian-made imitation of an American western.

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Action & Adventure

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Military & War