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Plot, Details & Awards

High Noon

(1992)

Rated PG for some western violence, and smoking.

PG In Theaters 06/23/1992 , 85min.
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Plot & Details

This Western classic stars Gary Cooper as Hadleyville marshal Will Kane, about to retire from office and go on his honeymoon with his new Quaker bride, Amy (Grace Kelly). But his happiness is short-lived when he is informed that the Miller gang, whose leader (Ian McDonald) Will had arrested, is due on the 12:00 train. Pacifist Amy urges Will to leave town and forget about the Millers, but this isn't his style; protecting Hadleyburg has always been his duty, and it remains so now. But when he asks for deputies to fend off the Millers, virtually nobody will stand by him. Chief Deputy Harvey Pell (Lloyd Bridges) covets Will's job and ex-mistress (Katy Jurado); his mentor, former lawman Martin Howe (Lon Chaney Jr.) is now arthritic and unable to wield a gun. Even Amy, who doesn't want to be around for her husband's apparently certain demise, deserts him. Meanwhile, the clocks tick off the minutes to High Noon -- the film is shot in "real time," so that its 85-minute length corresponds to the story's actual timeframe. Utterly alone, Kane walks into the center of town, steeling himself for his showdown with the murderous Millers. Considered a landmark of the "adult western," High Noon won four Academy Awards (including Best Actor for Cooper) and Best Song for the hit, "Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling" sung by Tex Ritter. The screenplay was written by Carl Foreman, whose blacklisting was temporarily prevented by star Cooper, one of Hollywood's most virulent anti-Communists. John Wayne, another notable showbiz right-winger and Western hero, was so appalled at the notion that a Western marshal would beg for help in a showdown that he and director Howard Hawks "answered" High Noon with Rio Bravo (1959).

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Stanley Kramer Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Drama or Comedy Score Dimitri Tiomkin Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Harry Gerstad Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay Carl Foreman Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Fred Zinnemann Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Gary Cooper Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Ned Washington Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Elmo Williams Won
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Dimitri Tiomkin Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Cinematography - Black and White Floyd D.Crosby Won
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Female Katy Jurado Nominated
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Dimitri Tiomkin Won
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Katy Jurado Won
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Carl Foreman Nominated
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Gary Cooper Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Directors Guild of America Best Director Fred Zinnemann Nominated

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Won
1952 New York Film Critics Circle Best Director Fred Zinnemann Won

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