Western | In English | 85 minutes | 1952
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus) 96% 96%
- Metacritic Score 89% 89%
Academy Awards: Winner, BestActor (Gary Cooper)
- New York Film Critics: Best Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)
Screen Writers Guild: Best Written Drama
Golden Globes: Best Actor (Gary Cooper), Best Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin)
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Every five years or so, somebody—somebody of talent and taste, with a full appreciation of legend and a strong trace of poetry in their soul—scoops up a handful of clichés from the vast lore of Western films and turns them into a thrilling and inspiring work of art. Such a rare and exciting achievement is Stanley Kramer’s production, HIGH NOON.
Not a frame is wasted in this taut, superbly directed, masterfully acted film in which the traditional and predictable elements of action, song and minimal romance give way to a swift, intense unraveling of a situation and complex character development.
Gary Cooper’s finest performance. Nowhere before or after did he truly capture such a range of human emotions from the beginning of the film to the end.
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