Saturday, April 9, 2011

High Noon (1952)


Taking place in real-time, when his wedding is interrupted by the arrival of three outlaws, Marshall Will Kane is urged to leave his town. Knowing that the gang of outlaws belongs to the notorious murderer Frank Miller, Kane returns to the town to defend it but he soon realizes that the entire town refuses to help him and backs down. Now, personally compelled and frightened, Will Kane must find a way to stop Miller who is the very man he sent to prison and who swore revenge upon. This is one of my favorite Westerns of all time not only for it’s revolutionary style of real-time filming but for the performance of Gary Cooper. The entire movie is based on anticipation and you begin to feel the fear that Kane has. This time, the hero isn’t going in guns ‘a blazing but rather is scared but has to do what’s good.

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