High Noon (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition)
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This a true classic, combining traditional Western themes with contemporary concerns about popular acquiescence to evil, done in a gripping, unusual (nearly real-time) way, with great actors.
Town marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is caught between his new pacifist Quaker wife Amy (Grace Kelly) and a felt duty to face down evil men coming on the noon train to take revenge on him (and presumably cause whatever other trouble they please). Most of the drama takes place in the lead-up to a climactic battle, as the townspeople choose whether to support Kane with action or to let him stand alone. Amy too must choose between her spouse and her own moral beliefs. The tension builds relentlessly as we see clocks ticking towards noon. The innovative black and white cinematography emphasizes the dramatic points, while the internal drama is captured in Cooper's face.Read more ›
It was that good and more. "High Noon" was not really a Western as the genre had been defined to that point. It was more of a character study of the human condition. It just happened to be set in the American West. Westerns at that time were action films with white hats and black hats. There were fistfights and gunfights throughout the entire film. They clearly differentiated good guys, on the side of justice and righteousness, from bad guys who spurned laws and sneered at those who obeyed them. The heroes were always noble and fearless, typified by actors like John Wayne and Roy Rogers. Moreover, the good guys always stuck together, despite all odds, to prevail against the outlaws.
"High Noon" was the complete antithesis of this formula. Kane is a flawed hero who is proud to a fault. Although it is clear who the villain is, we never see him until the last ten minutes of the film. The story is not about good and evil in the larger sense. Instead, it is about conviction and integrity on a personal level. Kane is portrayed as stubbornly putting his own feelings above the safety of the town. He stands against everyone, willing to sacrifice his marriage, his friendships, his good name and his life for his honor and self-respect. The biggest departure from the formula was his unabashed manifestations of fear.Read more ›
Cooper's performance is brilliant and he thoroughly deserved his Oscar for this film. People confuse courage with having no fear which is a mistake. Courage is doing the right thing especially when you are afraid and to do so the more afraid that you are, the more courageous you are. To have no fear ever is not courage but insanity. I especially love the part when Cooper admits to Bridges that he was afraid and yet continued to do the right thing. There are lots of lessons here that we can all learn that are timeless and for this reason, this film will continue to be a classic and relevant for ages to come.Read more ›
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Excellent movie. Best Actor Oscar for Gary Cooper. Grace Kelly was his wife. Allegory for the McCarthy Commie-accusing era when Hollywood had a blacklist and wouldn't come to... Read morePublished 1 day ago by B. Binder
One of the all-time greats. Terrific score. Perhaps Gary Cooper's best performance. The subtlety of his emotions is quite moving. I watch this movie at least once a year.Published 2 days ago by Enrigue
What movies were like before all the special effects garbage they base many films on nowadays. Alfred “Fred” Zinnemann, Floyd Delafield Crosby and Dimitri Tiomkin... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
Tense anticipation of the coming noon hour. The man had little time. Appeared no one wanted to help him in an assumed personal war. Song was sung by Tex RitterPublished 5 days ago by jadev
This is a CLASSIC! We have watched this movie a number of times over the years since it first came out. It always gets our attention and never gets old. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Robert Malkamaki
If you enjoy old western era it is the one too watch and discover the debut of Grace Kelly what a great actress before becoming Princess of MONACOPublished 5 days ago by Tamara Marson
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Please give us a Blu-Ray version. I wait in anticipation of stunning black and white photography and a great film all presented on my high def television the way it was seen by me in theaters in 1952.
Dec 24, 2011 by Anthony F. Runfalo | See all 3 posts
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