High Noon

Western | In English | 85 minutes | 1952

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Sheriff Will Kane, newly married, is looking to retire and start a new life in another part of the country. He’s informed that gunslinger Frank Miller was recently released from jail and is looking to settle the score. Kane was the one who sent Miller to prison. Kane’s wife, Amy, a Quaker and a pacifist, abhors violence and urges her husband to move on. He explains to Amy that if he runs, Frank Miller will hunt him down, no matter where they go. Amy is not persuaded and heads to the railroad station alone.  Kane wants to stay and fight, but he needs the support of the townspeople who are, unfortunately, reluctant to get involved. Determined, Kane is ready to confront Miller and his henchmen, even if he has to do it alone. Amy hears the first gun shot and immediately races back to town. She makes the painful decision to support  a husband facing death rather than stick with her Quaker beliefs.    
Cast
Gary Cooper (Will Kane), Grace Kelly (Amy Fowler Kane), Ian MacDonald (Frank Miller), Katy Jurado (Helen Ramirez),  Lloyd Bridges (Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell), Thomas Mitchell (Mayor Jonas Henderson)
Why Stream This Film?
Films are quite effective when they reveal a person’s character when a neighbor, friend, or family member, in a difficult or dangerous situation, seeks help. Want an example? One of the best is High Noon.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus) 96% 96%
  • Metacritic Score 89% 89%
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best
    Actor (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.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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.
TVGuide

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.
David Fontana

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