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Fred Zinnemann United States, 1952

Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film High Noon

One of the all time great Westerns stars Gary Cooper as a small town sheriff, who on the day of his wedding and retirement, learns that a ruthless criminal he once put away is returning to settle a score. When the town refuses to help him, he must face the criminal and his gang alone. Expertly builds suspense as it plays in almost real time, aided by Tex Ritter's haunting ballad.