High Noon tellsthe story of a lawman named Will Kane (Skerritt) who has just married a young bride Amy (Thompson) and promises to leave his dangerous career and settle down for a quiet life. Just as they are about to leav... more »e word comes that a vicious killer Kane had sent to prison years earlier is coming to town on the noon train seeking vengeance. Kane attempts t orally the town to fight the gunman but even his former deputy Harvey (Diamond) is unwilling to help. Harvey's cowardice infuriates his girlfriend Helen (Alonso) whose romantic past with both Kane and with the arriving gunman convinces her to pack up and leave town. As the dreaded noon hour approaches Kane realizes he must stand alone and face the gunmen in this retelling of the four-time Academy AwardŽ winner.System Requirements:Starring: Tom Skerritt Susana Thompson Reed Diamond and Maria Conchita Alonso Directed By: Rod Hardy Running Time: 93 minutes Color Presented in "Widescreen" formatFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: WESTERN/MISC. Rating: NR UPC: 012236118602 Manufacturer No: 11860« less
Terrible remake of a Wonderful Classic. See the Original with Gary Cooper. If it was a gunfight between the 2 versions the Gary Cooper Original would have 6 bullets in the heart of this remake before it even touched its gun.
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Vanessa V. (sevenspiders) Reviewed on 7/4/2008...
There is a reason some films are classics. They're the best, they're as perfect as film can get, they should not be messed with. Why do something over that you did right 48 years earlier? Gary Cooper's performance in the original High Noon is so mesmerizing, the build-up of tension and desperation so masterful, everything about it is so pitch-perfect. Anything that tries to stand in comparison just shows its own glaring shortcomings. There's nothing really wrong with this average-ish remake, but it has none of the genius of the original. Please, please, please skip this one, even if you don't like old movies or don't like black and white movies, the original is worth it!
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Duane S. (superpoet) from FORT WORTH, TX Reviewed on 6/15/2008...
I really liked this movie. It is a remake of the movie Gary Cooper was in 20 years or more earlier. A lawman has put a murderer(Frank Miller) away, but Frank has friends in high places and is pardoned. He is coming on the noon train to kill the Marshall for sending him to jail. The marshall is married and plans to leave with his wife and quit the job. After he hears that Frank is coming he puts his star back on. His wife begs him to leave with her as they plan, but he refuses. He goes all over town to get up a group of men to stand up with him, but the town is full of cowards who refuse. He has to ultimately face down the killer and 5 of the killer's men.
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D. McAllister | Somewhere in the Field | 10/21/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this DVD in the bargain bin at my local Wal-Mart for $4.99. At that price, and being a big fan of the original, I was intrigued. I am also a fan of Tom Skerritt who stars in this one as Will Kane, the hapless marshal whose integrity and honor force him to make a solitary stand against four bad guys and an apathetic town.
I am sorry to say that, despite a valiant effort by Skerritt, this remake and the rest of the cast fall woefully short. Even at bargain price I would pass on this one if I were you. It's just an impossible task to do what is attempted here: remaking or improving on perfection. Gary Cooper defined the role of Will Kane. Period. You might as well attempt a remake of THE COWBOYS, TRUE GRIT, THE SHOOTIST or THE SEARCHERS with someone other than John Wayne in the lead.
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Still a good story
C. J. Leach | Midwest, United States | 10/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a film based on the western novel, The Tin Star. This particular version is a Ron Hardy remake (headlining Tom Skerritt) of the Gary Cooper movie classic by the same name - High Noon.
The story is austerely set in an Old West town, and is simple . . . the bad guy has been released from prison and is arriving on the noon train. He will seek revenge on the Marshal. The bad guy is bringing friends. Sounds pretty familiar. Add that the Marshal is a newlywed, and ready to retire. He also has an old flame in town. The townspeople love him but will not physically risk themselves to help him. The Marshal is facing this alone and has a bad feeling about his situation but is resolved to be faithful to his duty. It's a good story, but simple and puts a big load on the lead actor to pull it off well.
I'll go ahead and jump onboard the comparison wagon (everyone else has), and comment on this version as compared to the original. Reviewers are being really tough on this remake, but, my opinion . . . if you've never seen the original, you'll enjoy this. If you have already seen the original, you'll probably still enjoy this. A film remake analogy that comes to mind is the great, On the Beach, from Neville Shute's novel. The original was one of the greatest films of all time. The remake is a pretty good film.
This newer version is missing a few things - mainly Gary Cooper. It also lacks that classic music theme and the general ambiance of those great 40's/50's Hollywood westerns. On the upside, Tom Skerritt does a very good job of selling himself as an aging and vulnerable lawman ready to retire. Susanna Thompson was rather weak as the newlywed Quaker bride, but the rest of the supporting cast is adequate. Production values are moderately good and the set is believable with plenty of mud and general grunge that was lacking in the original.
It was a nice re-visit to a favorite old movie tale."
Just as good as the original
Mike Shaw | London, Ontario Canada | 08/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"People have all kinds of reasons for giving a product a low rating. It may be that they do not like the topic, be it book or movie. It may be that they did not like the production... unfortunately, sometimes folks give a low rating based on their own personal reasons, which are not usually very helpful to most shoppers.
In my opinion, this movie is as good as the original. I love the original and I love this newer version also. To be sure, if you have seen the original, you do not need to see this one, because it is so similar... UNLESS, you really love the story and wand to see it again with different actors.
This newer version is no better than the original, but it is no worse either. It has the same quality as far as I am concerned. It's a great movie.... like the original it's well acted and the production is tops.
If you are one of those people who do not like remakes of classics, then that is fine, that is your preference. However, that does not take away from the product's quality. And, this product is a 5 star movie."
- Durrkk | Ohio/PA border USA | 06/06/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a 2000 made-for-tv remake of the 1952 classic Western with Tom Skerritt in the Gary Cooper role. Both films are based on the novel "The Tin Star" by John W. Cunningham.
Skerritt plays just-retired, just-married Marshal Will Kane. He and his bride are informed that a man Kane put in the slammer years ago has been paroled; this owlhoot swore he'd kill Kane when he got out and he's coming in on the noon train. His henchmen are even waiting for him at the train station. Kane and his bride are encouraged to flee for their lives and start their new life together. Why not? -- he's not even a sheriff anymore. But the new Marshal won't arrive for another day or so and something in Kane prevents him from running like a cur with his tail between his legs. He has about an hour and fifteen minutes to marshal up help to make a stand. In addition to all this, his wife is a Quaker who doesn't believe in violence and threatens to leave him if he insists on staying and fighting.
One interesting facet of this Western is that the story plays out in real time. The film runs 88 minutes and Marshal Kane has just over an hour to prepare for the confrontation.
Skerritt does a good job depicting an aging man who is about to face a fight-to-the-death, most likely alone. I'm sure Marshal Kane has better things to do, like enjoy his honeymoon with his beautiful wife (Sussanna Thompson), but his manhood and sense of duty force him to courageously make a stand. This reminds me of times back in High School where I was scheduled to fight someone (after school or whatever). I knew at such-and-such time I was going to face so-and-so and a bunch of people would be watching. The anticipation wasn't fun but my manhood wouldn't let me back down. Of course there's no comparison since Marshal Kane is anticipating a gunfight wherein he could very likely die, not a mere fistfight, but if the anticipation before a fistfight is intense, how much more so a gunfight?
Some criticize the story of "High Noon" on the grounds that it makes the citizens of the average Western town out to be a bunch of cowards but, really, there are no less than four people who are willing to help the Marshal. Many of the others who decline have valid reasons for staying out of the fracas, although some are just plain yella.
Since Kane's new wife is a Quaker the film brings up the idea of total pacifism. While the idea is attractive and I understand her reasoning, total pacifism does not work in this present world. The New Testament does not support the idea of absolute pacifism. It teaches, rather, that pacifism is proper in certain situations and not in others. Jesus' ministry team had a treasury box with loads of money and some of his workers carried swords for protection from thieves and murderers. Also, Romans 13 clearly states that the righteous laws of human governments are God-ordained for the purpose of punishing criminals, including the right to execute when appropriate. Even in cases where pacifism is called for a disciple is not to idly sit on his/her rump but to fight on a spiritual level and overcome evil with good. The vast majority of sane Christians realize this, but there are a few extemists who refuse to be BALANCED with the Scriptures on this subject and insist that conflict and especially armed conflict is NEVER appropriate. Kane's wife in the film is such a person, but perhaps she'll discover the error of her beliefs. In any case, "High Noon" makes an important point: Some people are so morally degenerate and evil that execution is the only just ultimate reaction (notice I said "ultimate").
There are quite a few good parts, e.g. Kane's brief talk with the wife of a coward, the church scene and, of course, the ending gunfight.
As for comparisons to the original film, I have no bias or nostalgia. It's been years since I saw it (the '52 version) so it's not fresh in my memory, but I don't see how this remake pales in comparison as many of the reviewers here contend. This rendition is in color, has a good score, good actors and locations (CL Ranch, Calgary, Alberta). What more do you want? It may not have the cinematic pizzazz of modern Theatrical Westerns but, if given the choice between the two, I'd probably choose Skerritt's version over the original. Besides, I loathe black & white.
So, why not 5/5 Stars? Despite the story's potential and the anticipation of the gunfight, something prevents "High Noon" (both versions) from being truly captivating. In fact, it almost has a laid-back vibe. Needless to say, those with ADHD should avoid like the plague. Don't get me wrong, I love great drama and intelligent dialogue-driven stories but something needed done to make it a bit more engrossing and emotionally stirring. Still, this is a very worthwhile Western."