High Noon

Released 1952


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Fred Zinnemann
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High Noon is a western classic film written by Foreman Carl. Gary Cooper (Will Kane), a Hadleyville marshal, is the main character in the movie. Will Kane intends to turn in his badge after marrying Amy (Grace Kelly). His plans suddenly change when he learns of the return of Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald), a criminal he had put behind bars years ago. This Miller gang leader is due to arrive on the noon train. Amy, and the locals, urge Will to immediately leave town. His protective and stubborn nature causes him to turn a deaf ear to their pleas. He chooses to stay behind and face the impending danger. He reclaims his badge and seeks support from the deputies and fellow townsmen to ward-off the gang. His efforts to win their support prove futile and he has to face the gang all by himself. This action packed film unfolds in 85 minutes.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times

    Meaningful in its implications, as well as loaded with interest and suspense, High Noon is a western to challenge “Stagecoach” for the all-time championship. (Review of Original ...

  • 100

    Washington Post Stephen Hunter

    A terrific piece of filmmaking. It's taut, believable as it unspools. It's charismatic, with a slow buildup of tension in near-real time that finally explodes into a blast of viole...

  • 80


    Cooper does an unusually able job of portraying the marshal. (Review of Original Release)

Lloyd Bridges

Lloyd Bridges

Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell

Lon Chaney Jr.

Lon Chaney Jr.

Martin Howe

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan

Sam Fuller

Thomas Mitchell (I)

Thomas Mitchell (I)

Mayor Jonas Henderson

Eve McVeagh

Eve McVeagh

Mildred Fuller

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Classics, Military & War