High Noon

Gary Cooper  Actor Grace Kelly  Actor Thomas Mitchell  Actor Lloyd Bridges  Actor Katy Jurado  Actor Otto Kruger  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Western Violence,Smoking

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High Noon

UPC: 017153125719

Studio: Republic Pictures

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Western Violence, Smoking]

Summary: This Western classic stars Gary Cooper as Hadleyville marshal Will Kane, about to retire from office and go on his honeymoon with his new Quaker bride, Amy (Grace Kelly). But his happiness is short-lived when he is informed that the Miller gang, whose leader (Ian McDonald) Will had arrested, is due on the 12:00 train. Pacifist Amy urges Will to leave town and forget about the Millers, but this isn't his style; protecting Hadleyburg has always been his duty, and it remains so now. But when he asks for deputies to fend off the Millers, virtually nobody will stand by him. Chief Deputy Harvey Pell (Lloyd Bridges) covets Will's job and ex-mistress (Katy Jurado); his mentor, former lawman Martin Howe (Lon Chaney Jr.) is now arthritic and unable to wield a gun. Even Amy, who doesn't want to be around for her husband's apparently certain demise, deserts him. Meanwhile, the clocks tick off the minutes to High Noon -- the film is shot in "real time," so that its 85-minute length corresponds to the story's actual timeframe. Utterly alone, Kane walks into the center of town, steeling himself for his showdown with the murderous Millers. Considered a landmark of the "adult western," High Noon won four Academy Awards (including Best Actor for Cooper) and Best Song for the hit, "Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling" sung by Tex Ritter. The screenplay was written by Carl Foreman, whose blacklisting was temporarily prevented by star Cooper, one of Hollywood's most virulent anti-Communists. John Wayne, another notable showbiz right-winger and Western hero, was so appalled at the notion that a Western marshal would beg for help in a showdown that he and director Howard Hawks "answered" High Noon with Rio Bravo (1959). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Western

Awards: U.S. National Film Registry – Library of Congress 100 Greatest American Movies – American Film Institute Best Director – Directors Guild of America Best Picture - Drama – null Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama – null Best Supporting Actress – null New Star of the Year - Female – null Best Screenplay – null Best Original Score – null Best Cinematography - Black and White – null Best Actor – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Drama or Comedy Score – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – National Board of Review Best Picture – New York Film Critics Circle Best Director – New York Film Critics Circle Best Original Score – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Cinematography - Black and White – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay – Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Female – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Moti – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: cc Restored audio, 2 versions original restored audio and enhanced original restored audio
"The making of high noon" hosted by Leonard Maltin includes on-camera interviews with actor Lloyd Bridges, director Fred Zinnemann and producer Stanley Kramer and production stills
Commentary with Maria Cooper-Janis, Jonathan Foreman, Tim Zinneman, John Ritter
Original, never-before-seen "Behind High Noon" documentary; on-screen interviews with Maria Cooper-Janis (Gary Cooper's daughter), Tim Zinnemann (Fred Zinnemann's son) Jonathan Foreman (Carl Forman's son) and Prince Albert of Monaco (Grace Kelly's son)
Radio broadcast with Tex Ritter
digitally remastered
Chapter stop for oscar-winning song "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'"
Interactive menus
Scene index
Trailers

High Noon

Format: DVD

Release Date: 10/22/2002

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 85 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. Main Credits (With Song "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin") [2:47]
2. Trouble At the Depot [4:34]
3. Hanging Up His Star [3:58]
4. A Wife or a Widow [5:01]
5. History Repeating [2:35]
6. Deputy Harvey's Aspirations [3:56]
7. Mrs. Ramirez' Past [3:27]
8. A Single Volunteer [3:20]
9. A Friend to Many Men [4:22]
10. "I'll Give Ya Odds" [7:12]
11. The Men From the Boys [2:00]
12. Church Meeting [7:48]
13. Advice From an Old Man [3:39]
14. Mrs. Kane and Mrs. Ramirez [2:56]
15. The Boy With the Tin Star [5:13]
16. Less One Lawman [4:58]
17. Waiting For... [3:31]
18. ...The Noon Train [3:03]
19. First Shots Fired [2:23]
20. Showdown [7:50]

Bruce Eder

Fred Zinnemann's High Noon was described by John Wayne as the most un-American movie he'd ever seen. It offered an in-your-face story about responsibility, private and public, and some truths about the archetypal American community that would have been unpleasant in any era, but were even more so during the Red Scare of the early 1950s: the spectacle of town marshal Wil Kane (played by a too-old Gary Cooper), abandoned by his friends and neighbors and having to face down outlaws alone, was a pretty raw statement about where some people (including liberal producer Stanley Kramer) feared we were heading in 1952. It was the soundtrack, completed by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington with a song sung by an off-screen Tex Ritter, that helped turn the movie into a huge box office hit. This was a double irony, and an indicator of just what a miraculous conjuring trick Kramer and Zinnemann and screenwriter Carl Foreman had pulled off: Ritter was a reactionary Republican, Cooper an avowed anti-communist, Foreman an avowed Communist sympathizer (who left Hollywood before the movie was released), the movie had two blacklistees in major roles (Lloyd Bridges and Howland Chamberlain), and Kramer was Hollywood's one respected liberal voice. They came up with a film that opened the way for a generation of serious westerns, including The Bravados, The Big Country, and The Searchers. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Stanley Kramer  Producer 
Dimitri Tiomkin  Composer (Music Score) 
Fred Zinnemann  Director 
Carl Foreman  Producer 
Carl Foreman  Screenwriter 
Gary Cooper  Actor 
Grace Kelly  Actor 
Thomas Mitchell  Actor 
Lloyd Bridges  Actor 
Katy Jurado  Actor 
Otto Kruger  Actor 
Lon Chaney, Jr.  Actor 
Henry Morgan  Actor 
Ian MacDonald  Actor 
Eve McVeagh  Actor 
Morgan Farley  Actor 
Harry Shannon  Actor 
Lee Van Cleef  Actor 
Robert J. Wilke  Actor 
Sheb Wooley  Actor 
Tom London  Actor 
Ted Stanhope  Actor 
Larry Blake  Actor 
Jeanne Blackford  Actor 
James Millican  Actor 
Cliff Clark  Actor 
Ralph Reed  Actor 
Lucien Prival  Actor 
Guy Beach  Actor 
Howland Chamberlain  Actor 
Virginia Christine  Actor 
Jack Elam  Actor 
Paul Dubov  Actor 
Tim Graham  Actor 
Nolan Leary  Actor 
Tom Greenway  Actor 
Dick Elliott  Actor 
John Doucette  Actor 
Virginia Farmer  Actor 
William Newell  Actor 
William "Bill" Phillips  Actor 
Harry Harvey  Actor 

Country: USA