High Noon

high noon

Title: High Noon
Year: 1952
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Writer: Carl Foreman, based on a story by John W. Cunningham
Starring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado
Music: Dimitri Tiomkin
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Actor (Cooper), Best Score, Best Song (“Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'”) and Best Editing; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay; currently #121 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 85 minutes
Synopsis: a supposed-to-be-retired marshal gets no help defending a town
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good)
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for dialog and acting) c. 3.3/4 (Very good)

It gets melodramatic at times, but it’s always entertaining. The score is corny, but in a fun way. The photography is conspicuously artful.


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