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Paul Jensen

HIGH NOON (1952) 5 stars

A 50's classic that often tops the list of greatest westerns. Gary Cooper is such a real and likable hero (Harrison Ford borrowed a thing or two from him) and Grace Kelly is her usual stunning self. The story's pacing and tempo are effective since the film unfolds practically in "real time". Released during the McCarthy era, the ironic ending was brave and bold, since this western had a great deal to say about America at that time. Its iconic place in movie history is well deserved - it's one for the library.

 

Genre: Western
Director: Fred Zinneman