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High Noon

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Director: Fred Zinnemann

Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell


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Fred Zinnemann's High Noon makes its second appearance on DVD in this Collector's Edition disc, which includes souped up audio and a brace of extra features. The transfer is comparable to the old Criterion laserdisc, minus the anomalies that used to crop up on laser pressings, though given the impact of digital video tachnology, one should have expected a more


Fred Zinnemann's High Noon makes its second appearance on DVD in this Collector's Edition disc, which includes souped up audio and a brace of extra features. The transfer is comparable to the old Criterion laserdisc, minus the anomalies that used to crop up on laser pressings, though given the impact of digital video tachnology, one should have expected a more dramatic improvement over that 1987 release than we actually get. The main enhancements are the bonuses, which include the documentary "Behind High Noon," featuring the reminiscences of the children of Gary Cooper, Carl Foreman, Fred Zinnemann, and Grace Kelly; the featurette "The Making of High Noon," which was widely seen on AMC during the late 1990's; and an audio commentary track. "Behind High Noon" is a personalized documentary that balances the more historical account in "The Making Of High Noon"; it is enjoyable thoughnot very profound, a problem that afflicts most of the special features on this disc. The main attraction is the commentary track, a four-way round-robin featuring Maria Cooper-Janis, Tim Zinnemann, Jonathan Foreman, and John Ritter, all discussing their parents and their work on the movie, as well as their larger careers. Alas, as enjoyable as their talk is to hear, it is no substitute for Howard Suber's commentary on the Criterion laserdisc -- it's fun to hear their recollections and some of the personal details (though Jonathan Foreman sounds a little rehearsed and coached at times), such as Maria Cooper-Janis's memories of the bad back that her father suffered from, that made one seemingly playful scene absolute agony to film; but Suber's track offered a penetrating analysis and a much more serious analysis. The best that this track can offer over the scene introducing Katy Jurado's character is John Ritter's memory that his father (who wasn't in the movie) liked Latina women, but married a Grace Kelly-type. One doesn't wish to begrudge Artisan Entertainment for giving us something extra, but High Noon is exactly the kind of serious movie that should have invited a serious commentary track as a no-brainer. This doesn't have to be the equivalent of Cameron Diaz remembering the raunchy takes that didn't make it into The Sweetest Thing. One suspects that Katy Jurado (who was alive when this disc was in production) might have had something more serious and penetrating to say about her work and her role; additionally, there is no one here to speak for some of the lesser known blacklistees in the movie. And speaking of blacklistees, as long as the next generation was doing commentary of their parents, one of Lloyd Bridges' sons (or his daughter) could have been asked in on this project. A few people whose faces disappeared from the screen thanks for the red scare are mentioned, but others aren't, and that's the main fault of this bonus feature -- it is unfocused, and too spontaneous to be of real use, except as entertainment with some interesting information spread around intermittently. The 20 chapters are suited to the 85 minute running time ofthe movie, and the disc opens to a multi-layered menu that is more confusing and complicated than it has to be -- it took this reviewer a few tries to access all of the features, and a map would have been helpful. In its defense, the image is very clean, if not as strikingly sharp or rich in contrast as one might have hoped for, and the audio is extremely clear and mastered at a healthy volume.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A flawless cinematic exercise in nearly unendurable suspense, High Noon rates high among the select group of movie westerns that have achieved immortality by transcending the long-proscribed limitations of the genre. It’s a testament to Carl Foreman’s screenplay that the basic situation and characters have been successfully adapted to films set not only in contemporary urban locations but in a futuristic space station as well. High Noon provides a wonderful showcase for aging screen icon (and onetime cowboy) Gary Cooper, portraying the small-town marshal whose wedding day -- and scheduled retirement -- is disrupted by the impending arrival of a revenge-seeking killer and his gang. Past his prime, and fearful of a duel’s outcome, he solicits help from the townspeople he has faithfully served -- only to be refused at every turn. Director Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) tells this story in "real time," with clocks ticking away ominously toward the hour of the inevitable gunfight. He elicits subtly powerful performances from a splendid cast that includes Grace Kelly (as Cooper’s Quaker bride), Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, and Katy Jurado. But it’s Cooper’s show all the way, and he handily won an Oscar for his nuanced portrayal of a simple man torn between fear and duty. High Noon has been often parodied over the years, right down to its Academy Award-winning theme song ("Do Not Forsake Me"), but the good-natured ribbing only underscores the film's enduring influence. The DVD Special Edition offers a documentary ("The Making of High Noon"), as well as a photo gallery, theatrical trailers, and a separate audio track for the musical score.
All Movie Guide - 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Republic Pictures
Region Code:
[Dolby Digital Mono]

Special Features

Closed Caption; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Will Kane
Grace Kelly Amy Kane
Thomas Mitchell Jonas Henderson
Lloyd Bridges Harvey Pell
Katy Jurado Helen Ramirez
Otto Kruger Percy Mettrick
Lon Chaney Martin Howe
Henry Morgan Sam Fuller
Ian MacDonald Frank Miller
Eve McVeagh Mildred Fuller
Morgan Farley Minister
Harry Shannon Cooper
Lee Van Cleef Jack Colby
Robert J. Wilke James Pierce
Sheb Wooley Ben Miller
Tom London Sam
Ted Stanhope Station Master
Larry Blake Gillis
Jeanne Blackford Mrs. Henderson
James Millican Baker
Cliff Clark Weaver
Ralph Reed Johnny
Lucien Prival Bartender
Guy Beach Fred
Howland Chamberlain Hotel Clerk
Virginia Christine Mrs. Simpson
Jack Elam Charlie
Paul Dubov Scott
Tim Graham Sawyer
Nolan Leary Lewis
Tom Greenway Ezra
Dick Elliott Kibbee
John Doucette Trumbull
Virginia Farmer Mrs. Fletcher
William Newell Jimmy
William "Bill" Phillips Barber
Harry Harvey Coy

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
Emmett Emerson Asst. Director,Set Decoration/Design
Carl Foreman Producer,Screenwriter
Harry Gerstad Editor
Ben Hayne Art Director
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Kramer Producer
Gus Norin Makeup
Ann Peck Costumes/Costume Designer
Tex Ritter Songwriter
Jean L. Speak Sound/Sound Designer
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Murray Waite Set Decoration/Design
Ned Washington Songwriter
Elmo Williams Editor

Scene Index

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]


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High Noon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
bnbillybob More than 1 year ago
This western set the standard for all others that followed. Director Fred Zinneman does a brilliant job in building almost unbearable suspense. An aging marshall (Gary Cooper) ponders the future with his young bride in anticipation of a revenge-seeking killer and his gang. The clock actually becomes the central focus of the film. Great performances by Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado. A must-see movie for western and suspense fans!
thorsbane More than 1 year ago
Enough said.
JamTheCat 12 months ago
I give the movie 5 stars because it's a well-deserved classic. Gary Cooper anchors the film in a stark reality and the moral nature of the tale is just as relevant today as it was 65 years ago. But the extras diminish this DVD massively...first because all you get is a trailer and a short video of Leonard Maltin talking about the making of the movie (with short interviews) that was produced in 1992, and second because both are all out of sync. Not badly so; just enough to notice and irritate. Maltin also makes a huge error in claiming this was Cooper's only Oscar; it was his second. The movie is worth the money; it's too bad the extras are not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cooper won an Oscar for his performance as Marshall Will Kane, who must face down killer Frank Miller and his band of friends. Kane sent Miller to prison several years before, but Miller has been released and has promised to return to the town of Hadleyville to kill Kane. Coincidentally, just as Miller is released, Kane is retiring and marrying Amy(Grace Kelly). Newly married, Kane tells his bride he must stay and face Miller. Drama and tension predominate throughout this gritty black and white film. Tex Ritter's song, Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling plays throughout, providing a compelling musical background.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest westerns of all time,certainly the benchmark for all the others that followed.A fully deserved oscar for Coop for an outstanding performance of an ordinary man who we can all relate to torn between fear and duty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best action movie ever!!! you need to see it. it is just as good as the first. It has great special effects. it far outstrips Indiana Jones. if you see only one movie this year, make it mission impossible 3. You won’t regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shot in an austere black and white that sets a starkly elegant tone for this excellent movie, HIGH NOON remains amoung the best of it's genre. Many of the Westerns that follow owe a debt to the actors and director for their workmanship and creativity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Certainly one of the greatest movies of all time. Drawn from (intentionally or unintentionally) from the Passion of Christ. Very heavy Christian overtones.
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