High Noon

DVD - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
High Noon
A lawman stands alone to defend a town of cowardly citizens against a gang of revenge-seeking criminals. The lawman stands to lose not only the town but his new wife.

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Republic Pictures ;, Santa Monica, Calif. :, Distributed by Artisan Home Entertainment,, [2002], ©2002
Edition: Collector's edition
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Hi
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 85 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 16, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A finely crafted Western that really gives a nice feeling of helplessness as Cooper increasingly comes to realize he will have to face the bad guys alone. Still it always leaves a bad taste in my mouth by twisting the notion of the western hero into something false and then pretending that’s what a western hero always was.

Jun 01, 2014
  • hoacornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A film classic with one of the best showdowns of one man against as band of bandits. Gary Cooper is sensational as the lawman who won't turn his back on protecting the town, no matter how bad the odds are. Great film with Gary Cooper in his most famous role!

Jan 13, 2014
  • LadySugar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie started off not making sense (at least to me) It was the first western film i watched. But then the story was creative and I ended up liking it. I really enjoyed the climax of the film, it was very engaing. Incredible movie that i would watch again

Sep 02, 2013
  • forever_ice17 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A tense and suspense filled movie. I like the use of the clock shots to heighten the tension. It was really neat that the length of the movie was the same as the amount of time that passes in the story.

Feb 11, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Puzzling start with a marriage between an old man Gary Cooper (51 and looked it) and an all too young twenty one year old Grace Kelly. Beyond that, the message on honor, courage and human failure is good; but the climatic gun fight was clearly unreal and easily could be done better. (May be I have been spoiled after watching Cooper at his prime in "for whom the bell tolls")

Jan 08, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this movie. I even bought the USPS stamp "book" with Cooper's gorgeous face in them. (On the side there was a picture of him dressed as the sheriff with his signature at the bottom, a gem!) Also, Kelly's perfect face and queenly demeanor are always a breath of fresh air (with some “L’Air du Temps" thrown in for god measure!), especially with so many over-sexed, vulgar female leads nowadays! I have to quote what someone else wrote before me, that so eloquently explains this movie (and basically sums up what my husband once said): “Being brave is not a matter of NOT being afraid, it's BEING afraid, and doing what you have to do anyway!” Ditto!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This Stanley Kramer production, written by Carl Foreman, was intended by the writer as an allegory in Hollywood for the failure of Hollywood people to stand up to the House Un-American Activities Committee, during the nutjob Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Red-baiting era.
Foreman was blacklisted by that Committee shortly after the film came out, and fled to England by the time the film was finished. John Wayne strongly disliked the film, calling it "un-American", and was quoted as saying he "would never regret having driven Foreman out of Hollywood". (Wayne and director Howard Hawks' response to "High Noon" was 1959's magnificent Western: "Rio Bravo"). Gary Cooper won the Oscar for Best Actor. It was an odd pairing - Cooper, and the stunning porcelain doll-like Grace Kelly. He was 50 and she was only 21 years old. Great cast all around. The (non-speaking) film debut for the 'rat faced' Lee Van Cleef; a young and feisty Lloyd Bridges; Lon Chaney Jr. (who was younger than Cooper but made to look older); Harry Morgan; Thomas Mitchell; Jack Elam; and the gorgeous Katy Jurado. Tex Ritter (John's Dad) sings the theme song. Brilliant directing (Fred Zinnemann) and cinematography (Floyd Crosby - David's Dad). The story is intense - one man with guts against four dirtbag killers, for the sake of a town full of cowards... the tension building with the recurring ominous shot of the ticking clock. This film is a treasure. FIVE STARS.

Oct 07, 2012

A true western film ledgend that
truly exposes how quick people are to abandon a couragous lawman in his hour of need.
When their worst fears naked jealously and cowardice are exposed when they can not find the courage to help the marshel face the threat of repisial posed by
a retuning criminal and his gang
on a mission to kill all who sent him to prison.
A truly clear and harsh look at the worst kind of human behaviour of

Jul 12, 2011
  • KerrAvon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Why on earth do people want to remake a classic? THIS IS THE ONE! Howard Hawks, whom I greatly admire, didn't care for this film because he felt the marshall was too weak, but in reality, Cooper's marshall is strong, because he keeps his fears and anxieties to himself (the camera sees it, but not the characters). He appears calm and collected on the outside to the townspeople. Being brave is not a matter of NOT being afraid, it's BEING afraid, and doing what you have to do anyway! Very dark for a western, after saving the day, he does not rejoice, but throws his badge down in the dirt and leaves. Very existential stuff partner! Awesome ride!

May 27, 2010
  • russedmonton rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

There is not a lot of action in this one. It was interesting to see a lot of famous actors when they were younger.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Martin Howe: "People gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it. Maybe because down deep, they don't care. They just don't care."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Will Kane: "...Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be like you, Mart. You've been a lawman all your life." Martin Howe: "Yeah, yeah - all my life. It's a great life. You risk your skin catchin' killers, and the juries turn 'em loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If you're honest, you're poor your whole life... and in the end, you wind up dyin' all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothin'. For a tin star."


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