High Noon

High Noon

Average Rating:
Rate this:


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
May 29, 2019

Although its a short film, its intense and suspenseful. There is some very good cinematography (mostly of the criminals waiting for the train). The script is rather clunky - its made to progress the plot, and it does so at the expense of the characters and their developments and relationships.

Jan 18, 2018

Directed by Fred Zinnemann in 1952, this American Western depicts the life of a town marshal, who is torn between his sense of duty and love for his new bride.
Then he must face a gang of killers alone.
Unlike other traditional Westerns, this film lacks chases, fights and spectacular scenery.
However, the climactic final scenes appear quite fascinating and satisfying.

Dec 03, 2017

Everyone should keep in reference that this 1952 was a ground breaker in several ways. One way being that Gary Cooper portrays the honorable town sheriff having to go it alone in the face of what seems like overwhelming odds against. No one will help him. But he won't leave. Other films copy this scenario. A second way is implying that Sheriff Kane once had a romantic relationship with Mexican beauty Katy Jurado. This was the 1950s and races were kept apart in almost every instance, let alone romance. A third way is having young Grace Kelly portraying a Quaker and a pacifist seeing in the final scene that she has to take some action to save her husband. So she picks up a gun and fires it to save her husband. Then she scratches the face of a another man who is getting read to shoot her new husband.For a film only 84 minuites long there is a lot of action.

Dec 23, 2016

Average western kind of long draw out before noon train!

Jun 01, 2014

A film classic with one of the best showdowns of one man against as band of bandits. Gary Cooper is sensational as the lawman who won't turn his back on protecting the town, no matter how bad the odds are. Great film with Gary Cooper in his most famous role!

LadySugar Jan 13, 2014

This movie started off not making sense (at least to me) It was the first western film i watched. But then the story was creative and I ended up liking it. I really enjoyed the climax of the film, it was very engaing. Incredible movie that i would watch again

Sep 02, 2013

A tense and suspense filled movie. I like the use of the clock shots to heighten the tension. It was really neat that the length of the movie was the same as the amount of time that passes in the story.

Feb 10, 2013

Puzzling start with a marriage between an old man Gary Cooper (51 and looked it) and an all too young twenty one year old Grace Kelly. Beyond that, the message on honor, courage and human failure is good; but the climatic gun fight was clearly unreal and easily could be done better. (May be I have been spoiled after watching Cooper at his prime in "for whom the bell tolls")

EuSei Jan 08, 2013

I love this movie. I even bought the USPS stamp "book" with Cooper's gorgeous face in them. (On the side there was a picture of him dressed as the sheriff with his signature at the bottom, a gem!) Also, Kelly's perfect face and queenly demeanor are always a breath of fresh air (with some “L’Air du Temps" thrown in for god measure!), especially with so many over-sexed, vulgar female leads nowadays! I have to quote what someone else wrote before me, that so eloquently explains this movie (and basically sums up what my husband once said): “Being brave is not a matter of NOT being afraid, it's BEING afraid, and doing what you have to do anyway!” Ditto!

Oct 07, 2012

A true western film ledgend that
truly exposes how quick people are to abandon a couragous lawman in his hour of need.
When their worst fears naked jealously and cowardice are exposed when they can not find the courage to help the marshel face the threat of repisial posed by
a retuning criminal and his gang
on a mission to kill all who sent him to prison.
A truly clear and harsh look at the worst kind of human behaviour of

View All Comments


Add a Quote
May 27, 2012

Will Kane: "...Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be like you, Mart. You've been a lawman all your life." Martin Howe: "Yeah, yeah - all my life. It's a great life. You risk your skin catchin' killers, and the juries turn 'em loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If you're honest, you're poor your whole life... and in the end, you wind up dyin' all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothin'. For a tin star."

May 27, 2012

Martin Howe: "People gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it. Maybe because down deep, they don't care. They just don't care."

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at LCCL

To Top