High Noon

Release Date: 1952

PG |1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary

Former marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is preparing to leave the small town of Hadleyville, New Mexico, with his new bride, Amy (Grace Kelly), when he learns that local criminal Frank Miller has been set free and is coming to seek revenge on the marshal who turned him in. When he starts recruiting deputies to fight Miller, Kane is discouraged to find that the people of Hadleyville turn cowardly when the time comes for a showdown, and he must face Miller and his cronies alone.

Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Katy Jurado, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Genres: Western

Production Co: Stanley Kramer Company

Keywords: Gripping , Brother , Small town , Revenge , Brooding , Quest , Wife ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    Not a frame is wasted in this taut, superbly directed, masterfully acted film, the first so-called "adult Western." (Review of Original Release) show more

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The Western may be one of the few truly American art forms, and High Noon shows exactly how much potential it can embrace. show more

  • 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 Release) show more

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