High Noon

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Time Out says

A Western of stark, classical lineaments: Cooper, still mysteriously beautiful in ravaged middle-age, plays a small town marshal who lays life and wife on the line to confront a killer set free by liberal abolitionists from the North. Waiting for the murderer's arrival on the midday train, he enters a long and desolate night of the soul as the heat gathers, his fellow-citizens scatter, and it grows dark, dark, dark amid the blaze of noon. Writer Carl Foreman, who fetched up on the HUAC blacklist, leaves it open whether the marshal is making a gesture of sublime, arrogant futility - as his bride (Kelly), a Quaker opposed to violence, believes - or simply doing what a man must. High Noon won a fistful of Oscars, but in these days of pasteboard screen machismo, it's worth seeing simply as the anatomy of what it took to make a man before the myth turned sour.
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Release details

UK release:

1952

Duration:

85 mins

Cast and crew

Screenwriter:

Carl Foreman

Cast:

Lloyd Bridges, Lon Chaney, Henry Morgan, Thomas Mitchell, Katy Jurado, Gary Cooper, Otto Kruger, Grace Kelly

Editor:

Elmo Williams

Producer:

Stanley Kramer

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Music:

Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematography:

Floyd Crosby

Production Designer:

Rudolph Sternad

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