Four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Gary Cooper's second Best Actor Oscar, went to director Fred Zinnemann's landmark Western drama. Cooper shines as retiring frontier marshal Will Kane, who must stand alone when a vengeance-seeking outlaw comes to town. Grace Kelly co-stars as Kane's new Quaker wife; with Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Ian MacDonald, Thomas Mitchell. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; featurette; "making of" documentaries; radio broadcast with Tex Ritter; more. Two-disc set.
Written by Carl Foreman (who was later blacklisted during the anticommunist hearings of the '50s) and superbly directed by Fred Zinnemann, this 1952 classic stars Gary Cooper as just-married lawman Will Kane, who is about to retire as a small-town sheriff and begin a new life with his bride (Grace Kelly) when he learns that gunslinger Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald) is due to arrive at high noon to settle an old score. Kane seeks assistance from deputies and townsfolk, but soon realizes he'll have to stand alone in his showdown with Miller and his henchmen. Innovative for its time, the suspenseful story unfolds in approximate real time (from 10:40 a.m. to high noon in an 84-minute film), and many interpreted Foreman's drama as an allegorical reflection of apathy and passive acceptance of Senator Joseph McCarthy's anticommunist campaign. Political underpinnings aside, this remains a milestone of its genre (often referred to as the first "adult" Western), and Cooper is flawless in his Oscar-winning role. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great film. Takes me back to when they made good movies. This is a 5 star everyday of the week.Published 13 months ago by Brian McDowell
Only a few people willing to stand up to evil. Sometime people must sacrifice religion to prove love for lover.Published 20 months ago by Robert Matthews
I chose the above rating mostly for the quality of the VHS, I had an older one of this movie already and was hoping for a better quality. It seems my old one is better. Read morePublished on April 20 2013 by almeinannette
This is probably one of the greatest, if not THE greatest western ever made. For some reason, when the name is mentioned, people always think John Wayne starred in this spectacular... Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2007 by H.S. Oldfather
Well, thank you very much, Ms. N. P. Dougan "Dougs, Author of Vrolok", for GIVING AWAY THE PLOT AND THE ENDING in your review! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!Published on Aug. 23 2007 by WalMart Greeter