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"High Noon" (SD DVD)

movie-july-2008-high-noon.jpgSynopsis

In a small western town, Marshall Will Kane (Cooper) and Amy Fowler (Kelly) celebrate their wedding day only to find out that Frank Miller, a criminal that Kane put in prison some years ago, is coming back to kill him.

At first, some of the men in town agree to help Kane confront Miller and his gang, but slowly, they realize that if they provide assistance, they might just get killed themselves.

So, one by one, the townspeople close their doors and shrink from their original enthusiasm to help Will when the Miller gang arrives.

Meanwhile, Amy tries unsuccessfully to get Will to just leave with her instead of staying for the showdown.

Then, it is high noon, and Will must face Frank Miller and his gang, alone.

 

 

Specifications

  • United Artists
  • 1952, Black & White, Not Rated, 1 Hr 25 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • 480i
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English DD
  • Directed by Fred Zinnemann
  • Starring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Lon Chaney
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

High Noon is, in my opinion, the best Western ever made. I am sure some will disagree, but just about everyone concedes that it is terrific. The story takes place in real time, so that the 1 hour 25 minutes of the movie length coincide with 1 hour and 25 minutes in the story. There are plenty of fine actors in the film, and it was Grace Kelly's debut.

The movie won four Academy Awards, but John Wayne didn't like this story of a hero that was afraid. So, in response, he and John Ford made a movie where the hero never showed any fear. That one - can't remember the name of it just now - didn't win anything.

Technical

It's black & white with mono sound, but it's pristine. Obviously, great care was taken with the transfer. I suspect it won't be long before there is a Blu-ray version, and I can't wait to see it.

Extras

Lots of extras here, on a second disc, including the making of, Behind High Noon, and other things.