CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • U
  • Drama, Western
  • 1952
  • 85 mins

High Noon

Film4 High Noon

Synopsis

Gary Cooper's Marshal Will Kane awaits the arrival of a killer in this minimilist but powerful western. A devastating rehearsal of what would come to be one of the genre's major concerns

About

Telling its story of a recently retired marshal who finds himself friendless and alone to face four desperadoes on his wedding day, this gripping western respects the unities of time and place. The pulsating action coincides exactly with the 85 minutes' running time, as well as brilliantly setting the marshal in isolation among the ominous wooden buildings and dusty streets of a small frontier town.

It was the high point of Fred Zinnemann's career, and Gary Cooper, in his Oscar-winning role - at 51, his handsome face lined and drawn - gives possibly the most poignant and profound performance to be found in any western.

No doubt Sergio Leone remembered the movie (in which Leone star Van Cleef makes his debut) when he embarked on his homages to the American West, while Ennio Morricone has echoed the effective use of the 'Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling' song on the soundtrack.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Lloyd Bridges, Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lee Van Cleef, Katy Jurado
  • Director: Fred Zinnemann
  • Screen Writer: Carl Foreman
  • Producer: Stanley Kramer
  • Photographer: Floyd Crosby
  • Composer: Dmitri Tiomkin

In a nutshell

File under 'classic'.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Into The Storm

    Into The Storm

    A found footage, extreme weather thriller starring Richard Armitage, Matt Walsh and Sarah Wayne Callies

  • Film4 Sin City 2

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return us to their stylised multi-story city of hard-boiled antiheroes, corrupt authorities, femmes fatales and whores with hearts of gold

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share