High Noon

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One of the most treasured Hollywood classics, and one of the most influential and iconic Westerns ever made, High Noon remains a powerful study of heroism, and the tension between the individual and the society around him. One of the best films by... read more
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One of the most treasured Hollywood classics, and one of the most influential and iconic Westerns ever made, High Noon remains a powerful study of heroism, and the tension between the individual and the society around him. One of the best films by director Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) — and produced by Stanley Kramer — High Noon is riveting entertainment and an acknowledged American masterpiece, yet one with surprisingly tumultuous roots.In his Oscar-winning performance, Gary Cooper stars as small town Marshal Will Kane, preparing to retire and leave town with his young bride Amy (Grace Kelly). However, plans are derailed with the impending arrival of outlaw Frank and his brutal gang. Unfolding in real time, High Noon follows Will as he futilely tries to assemble a posse with the reluctant townspeople, who want Will to forget about a conflict — as does Amy, a Quaker pacifist who just wants to avoid violence. But as high noon approaches, Will realises he must do the moral thing…with or without help.While the film has become a favourite of U.S. presidents from Eisenhower and Reagan to Clinton, its release was controversial: John Wayne (who had turned down the role) and Howard Hawks hated it, precisely because it was viewed as a thinly veiled allegory for the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings investigating communism at the time. Its politics make it even more intriguing now, but regardless, High Noon is one of the most important — and gripping films — of the 1950s.

Original Release

06/09/1952

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Cast

Gary Cooper Marshal Will Kane
Grace Kelly Amy Fowler Kane
Thomas Mitchell Mayor Jonas Henderson
Lloyd Bridges Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell
Katy Jurado Helen Ramírez
Otto Kruger Judge Percy Mettrick
Lon Chaney Jr. Martin Howe (as Lon Chaney)
Harry Morgan Sam Fuller (as Henry Morgan)
Ian McDonald Frank Miller
Eve McVeagh Mildred Fuller
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Fred Zinnemann

Writers

Carl Foreman, John W. Cunningham

Cast

Gary Cooper Marshal Will Kane
Grace Kelly Amy Fowler Kane
Thomas Mitchell Mayor Jonas Henderson
Lloyd Bridges Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell
Katy Jurado Helen Ramírez
Otto Kruger Judge Percy Mettrick
Lon Chaney Jr. Martin Howe (as Lon Chaney)
Harry Morgan Sam Fuller (as Henry Morgan)
Ian McDonald Frank Miller
Eve McVeagh Mildred Fuller
Morgan Farley Dr. Mahin - Minister
Harry Shannon Cooper
Lee Van Cleef Jack Colby
Robert J. Wilke Jim Pierce (as Robert Wilke)
Sheb Wooley Ben Miller
Jack Elam Charlie - Drunk in Jail
John Doucette Trumbull (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope Station Master
Lee Aaker Boy (uncredited)
Guy Beach Fred - Coffinmaker (uncredited)

Producers

Carl Foreman Executive Producer
Stanley Kramer Producer
Carl Foreman Producer

Editors

Elmo Williams

1953 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1953 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
1953 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1953 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Nominated
1953 Oscar Best Film Editing Won
1953 Oscar Best Music, Original Song Won
1953 Oscar Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Won
1953 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1953 Golden Globe Best Actor - Drama Won
1953 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Won
1953 Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer - Female Nominated
1953 Golden Globe Best Screenplay Nominated
1953 Golden Globe Best Original Score Won
1953 Golden Globe Best Cinematography - Black and White Won
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