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Is there any project more pointless than remaking a classic--especially one that's part of the national consciousness, not only a cinematic but also a moral and political touchstone? Director Rod Hardy has discouraged comparisons by eschewing almost everything that distinguished the original: the music, the theme song, the expressionistic camera angles and ticking clocks and metronomic cutting underscoring the real-time suspense. Enough of Carl Foreman's screenplay has been retained that he's credited as cowriter of the teleplay despite having died in 1984. But the urgency of that screenplay is missing--the underlying allegory of the conformism, betrayal, and fear of the blacklist that had the Hollywood community in a death grip. (Foreman himself was soon blacklisted.)
Tom Skerritt gets the marshal's dignity and exasperation but conveys none of the anguish and vulnerability that made Gary Cooper's heroism all the more moving. Otherwise the cast is a study in drabness: Susanna Thompson stiff and peevish in the Grace Kelly part, Reed Diamond a punk substitute for Lloyd Bridges as Kane's envious deputy, a cast of anonymous Canadians filling in blandly for a gallery of legendary character actors. Only Maria Conchita Alonso and Michael Madsen get within hailing distance of, respectively, Katy Jurado as Kane's former mistress and Ian MacDonald as the malevolent Frank Miller. --Richard T. Jameson
It is a good remake of the original.
If you have seen the original, it won't disappoint.
If you haven't, it's a good western in itself.
It won't please everybody, and I know that. Many will compare it to the original. But this one works. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by John Wright
I wanted to see this because, essentially, it's a good story: A man fights for what is right despite the ambivalence of a town and the betrayal of beliefs by the... Read more
I don't recall seeing the original version of this movie, so I am judging this movie on it's own merit. Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by Daniel R. Degenhardt
I was a huge fan of the original movie, and I went into this one expecting something different. Some sort of new twist or perspective. Read morePublished on August 2, 2005 by B. C. Giles
I saw this DVD in the bargain bin at my local Wal-Mart for $4.99. At that price, and being a big fan of the original, I was intrigued. Read morePublished on October 21, 2004 by Amazon Customer
In fact, don't even think about it. That's the advice someone should have given to the producers of this remake. The original "High Noon" is a movie that cannot be improved upon. Read morePublished on August 18, 2004 by Edward Wright