High Noon

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High Noon is a 1952 American western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. The film tells in real time the story of a town marshal forced to face a gang of killers by himself. The screenplay was written by Carl Foreman.

In 1989, High Noon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", entering the registry during the latter's first year of existence.[1] The film is #27 on the American Film Institute's 2007 list of great films.

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Plot

Will Kane (Gary Cooper), the longtime marshal of Hadleyville, New Mexico Territory, has just married pacifist Quaker Amy (Grace Kelly) and turned in his badge. He intends to become a storekeeper elsewhere. Suddenly, the town learns that Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald) — a criminal Kane brought to justice — is due to arrive on the noon train. Miller had been sentenced to hang, but was pardoned on an unspecified legal technicality. In court, he had vowed to get revenge on Kane and anyone else who got in the way. Miller's three gang members — including his younger brother Ben (Sheb Wooley of The Purple People Eater and Rawhide fame) — wait for him at the station. The worried townspeople encourage Kane to leave, hoping that would defuse the situation.

Kane and his wife leave town, but — fearing that the gang will hunt him down and would be a danger to the townspeople — Kane turns back. He reclaims his badge and scours the town for help. His deputy, Harvey Pell (Lloyd Bridges) resigns, because he wants the glory of facing Frank Miller for himself. Helen Ramírez (Katy Jurado), Kane's former lover, supports him, but there is little she can do to help. Disgusted by the cowardice and ingratitude of her neighbors, she sells her business and prepares to leave town. Amy threatens to leave on the noon train, with or without Kane, but he stubbornly refuses to give in. He interrupts Sunday church services looking for deputies. While many townspeople profess to admire Kane, nobody volunteers.

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