June 10, 2008
- Dolby Surround
- Collectors Edition
- Runtime: 85 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English, Spanish, English
As Sheriff Will Kane prepares to retire from his law-making, gun-fighting duties and marry his pacifist girlfriend, he receives word that a man he sent to prison has been pardoned. Kane initially escapes, but returns to protect the town from this killer and his band of outlaws only to find hostility and resentment among the uncooperative townsfolk.
Cooper is Hollywood's perfect hero, the very embodiment of integrity and grace in this greatest of Westerns. As a newly married town marshal, he must balance an innate sense of justice and duty with loyalty to his beautiful new--and pacifist--bride when he is left by an ungrateful town to face a gang of deadly outlaws alone. As we watch spellbound, film time is real time as the showdown grows ever closer. A masterpiece. Frequently interpreted as a parable about artists left to "stand alone" and face persecution during the HUAC Hollywood blacklisting. (However, Howard Hawks allegedly devised "Rio Bravo" as an answer to this film's "wimpiness." Also, John Wayne once declared High Noon un-American. He was apparently offended by the ending of the film, which shows Sheriff Kane removing his badge and tossing it in the dirt.) The deluxe 40th anniversary video edition was digitally-remastered and includes The Making of High Noon, a behind-the-scenes documentary narrated by Leonard Maltin, a hardbound book, The Complete Films of Gary Cooper,' a limited edition collector's reproduction of four original lobby cards and poster and an individually-numbered gift box. The laserdisc includes an audio essay, a photo essay of stills and storyboards and the original theatrical trailer. A made-for-TV sequel, High Noon Part II: Return of Will Kane, aired in 1980. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay.
The New York Film Critics chose "High Noon" as Best Film of 1952 and named Fred Zinneman Best Director of 1952.
A made-for-TV sequel was aired in 1980. "High Noon Part II: Return of Will Kane" starred Lee Majors in the Gary Cooper role, joined by David Carradine, J. A. Preston, Pernell Roberts, and M. Emmet Walsh.
A colorized version of the film is available.
John Wayne once declared that "High Noon" was the most un-American movie he had ever seen. Wayne was apparently offended by the ending of the film, which shows Sheriff Kane removing his badge and tossing it in the dirt.