High Noon


Review: Gunmen are due to arrive at noon in a small town. Marshall Kane is going to face his deadly enemy and asks for support from the town. They refuse to help him.
Director: Fred Zinnermann
Actors: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly and Thomas Mitchell
Year: 1952
Genre: Western
Conclusion: 5/5
A classic black and white western. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. At the Academy Awards in 1953 it won 4 Oscars.They were for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Song and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. The same year at the Golden Globes it won 4 awards. They were for Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama, Best Supporting Actress, Best Motion Picture Score and Best Cinematography – Black and White. This is a very tense and powerful film. This is Bill Clinton’s all-time favorite film. This is on Barry Norman’s list of 100 Greatest Films of all time that he produced at the start of 2012 in The Radio Times. One film critic wrote “Generates¬†claustrophobic suspense by focusing on three images: Kane’s increasingly tense, pained expression; implacably ticking clocks; and the ominous, empty train tracks.” The final scene is one of cinema’s most iconic moments.

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