High Noon
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In this controversial western classic, Gary Cooper as Will Kane must delay his retirement as town marshal on the morning of his wedding to Grace Kelly in order to face outlaws planning to kill him. Three are waiting in and around town for the noon train that will bring their boss. Taut drama and crisp characterization examine the town's reaction to Kane's dilemma. As noon approaches, his new bride prepares to leave town-and him-based on her Quaker principles of nonviolence. His deputy (Bridges) wants to prove himself without Kane around; his former lover (Jurado), who is now seeing the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"High Noon combines its points about good citizenship with some excellent picturemaking."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"High Noon isn't really a masterpiece, and if you're a fan of more honest Westerns, it's hard not to notice Zinnemann's general lack of interest throughout. But it is a tense, effective little film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Tense 1950s Western is still a cinema classic."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"One of the essentials"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Zinnemann carefully and deliberately makes the most of the mood cast by the threat of impending violence."
‑ William Brogdon, Variety
"More than a half-century later, Foreman was right after all: High Noon is a scorching and sour portrait of American complacence and capacity for collaborationism."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"File under 'classic'."
‑ , Film4
"Carl Foreman's brilliant screenplay pays due respect to each character, no matter how sad or loathsome."
‑ Bob Westal, Bullz-Eye.com
"One of the most overestimated Westerns in film history, High Noon is schematic and more of a reflection of the times in which it was made than the classic it's considered to be, though Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly are excellent."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Some of the results ring false, but the memorable theme song and some equally memorable character acting (by Thomas Mitchell and Lon Chaney Jr. more than Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado) help things along."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Regarded as '50s melodrama, it's nearly perfect."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Deserving of its label as a true classic, and essential viewing."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"One of top five westerns of all time w/Cooper's Oscar winning role. Powerful."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"A simple, somewhat creaky tribute to defiant courageousness."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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