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High Noon

3.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product Description

High Noon tellsthe story of a lawman named Will Kane (Skerritt) who has just married a young bride Amy (Thompson) and promises to leave his dangerous career and settle down for a quiet life. Just as they are about to leave word comes that a vicious killer Kane had sent to prison years earlier is coming to town on the noon train seeking vengeance. Kane attempts t orally the town to fight the gunman but even his former deputy Harvey (Diamond) is unwilling to help. Harvey's cowardice infuriates his girlfriend Helen (Alonso) whose romantic past with both Kane and with the arriving gunman convinces her to pack up and leave town. As the dreaded noon hour approaches Kane realizes he must stand alone and face the gunmen in this retelling of the four-time Academy Award® winner.System Requirements:Starring: Tom Skerritt Susana Thompson Reed Diamond and Maria Conchita Alonso Directed By: Rod Hardy Running Time: 93 minutes Color Presented in "Widescreen" formatFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: WESTERN/MISC. Rating: NR UPC: 012236118602 Manufacturer No: 11860


Surely you know: Marshal Will Kane, newly married, newly retired from office, and about to ride off to a new life, learns that his sworn enemy is out of prison and returning on the noon train to kill him. Kane and his bride--a Quaker who rejects violence--flee as the townsfolk urge. But Kane can't live with that and turns back--only to find himself deserted by both wife and community and left to face four deadly killers alone. That's the premise of High Noon, a 1952 independent film and seminal "adult" Western that became an instant classic. It's also the plot of this 2000 made-for-TV movie, produced by the wife (now widow) of the man who produced the original, Stanley Kramer.

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

Special Features

  • Audio commentary
  • Photo gallery
  • 3 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
  • Video Interviews with Cast and Director

Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Skerritt, Susanna Thompson, Reed Diamond, David LeReaney, Maria Conchita Alonso
  • Directors: Rod Hardy
  • Writers: Carl Foreman, John W. Cunningham, T.S. Cook
  • Producers: David A. Rosemont, Karen Sharpe, Ted Bauman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BIFW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "High Noon" on IMDb

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People have all kinds of reasons for giving a product a low rating. It may be that they do not like the topic, be it book or movie. It may be that they did not like the production... unfortunately, sometimes folks give a low rating based on their own personal reasons, which are not usually very helpful to most shoppers.

In my opinion, this movie is as good as the original. I love the original and I love this newer version also. To be sure, if you have seen the original, you do not need to see this one, because it is so similar... UNLESS, you really love the story and wand to see it again with different actors.

This newer version is no better than the original, but it is no worse either. It has the same quality as far as I am concerned. It's a great movie.... like the original it's well acted and the production is tops.

If you are one of those people who do not like remakes of classics, then that is fine, that is your preference. However, that does not take away from the product's quality. And, this product is a 5 star movie.
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This is a film based on the western novel, The Tin Star. This particular version is a Ron Hardy remake (headlining Tom Skerritt) of the Gary Cooper movie classic by the same name - High Noon.

The story is austerely set in an Old West town, and is simple . . . the bad guy has been released from prison and is arriving on the noon train. He will seek revenge on the Marshal. The bad guy is bringing friends. Sounds pretty familiar. Add that the Marshal is a newlywed, and ready to retire. He also has an old flame in town. The townspeople love him but will not physically risk themselves to help him. The Marshal is facing this alone and has a bad feeling about his situation but is resolved to be faithful to his duty. It's a good story, but simple and puts a big load on the lead actor to pull it off well.

I'll go ahead and jump onboard the comparison wagon (everyone else has), and comment on this version as compared to the original. Reviewers are being really tough on this remake, but, my opinion . . . if you've never seen the original, you'll enjoy this. If you have already seen the original, you'll probably still enjoy this. A film remake analogy that comes to mind is the great, On the Beach, from Neville Shute's novel. The original was one of the greatest films of all time. The remake is a pretty good film.

This newer version is missing a few things - mainly Gary Cooper. It also lacks that classic music theme and the general ambiance of those great 40's/50's Hollywood westerns. On the upside, Tom Skerritt does a very good job of selling himself as an aging and vulnerable lawman ready to retire. Susanna Thompson was rather weak as the newlywed Quaker bride, but the rest of the supporting cast is adequate. Production values are moderately good and the set is believable with plenty of mud and general grunge that was lacking in the original.

It was a nice re-visit to a favorite old movie tale.
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This is an excellent re-make of the Classic High Noon movie starring Gary Cooper.It was done in 2001 and filmed in Alberta,Canada.It is always a praise of a classic movie when a re-make is made.The story gets some changes,the scenery is different,the music is different,,and of course the actors are different;and that's as it should be.I ,for one, really like the classic version,but I thouroughrly enjoyed this well made version.This movie reminds be of other classsics such as "Tombstone" or "The Untouchables" and even though they are different;they are still enjoyable.
I really enjoy the additions that get added to VHS that cover Scenes,Location,,Production and Interviews with the Producer,Director and Actors.;and in this case ,they are an excellent explanation and addition to the movie.
As the people who made this movie said,"The original version is a classic and even better.We didn't set out to make a better movie,just a different version.I fully agree that they accomplished what they set out to do.
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This is a 2000 made-for-tv remake of the 1952 classic Western with Tom Skerritt in the Gary Cooper role. Both films are based on the novel "The Tin Star" by John W. Cunningham.

Skerritt plays just-retired, just-married Marshal Will Kane. He and his bride are informed that a man Kane put in the slammer years ago has been paroled; this owlhoot swore he'd kill Kane when he got out and he's coming in on the noon train. His henchmen are even waiting for him at the train station. Kane and his bride are encouraged to flee for their lives and start their new life together. Why not? -- he's not even a sheriff anymore. But the new Marshal won't arrive for another day or so and something in Kane prevents him from running like a cur with his tail between his legs. He has about an hour and fifteen minutes to marshal up help to make a stand. In addition to all this, his wife is a Quaker who doesn't believe in violence and threatens to leave him if he insists on staying and fighting.

One interesting facet of this Western is that the story plays out in real time. The film runs 88 minutes and Marshal Kane has just over an hour to prepare for the confrontation.

Skerritt does a good job depicting an aging man who is about to face a fight-to-the-death, most likely alone. I'm sure Marshal Kane has better things to do, like enjoy his honeymoon with his beautiful wife (Sussanna Thompson), but his manhood and sense of duty force him to courageously make a stand. This reminds me of times back in High School where I was scheduled to fight someone (after school or whatever). I knew at such-and-such time I was going to face so-and-so and a bunch of people would be watching. The anticipation wasn't fun but my manhood wouldn't let me back down.
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