Parents' Guide to

High Noon

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Tense 1950s Western is still a cinema classic.

Movie NR 1952 85 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

11+Rating is for theme, content-wise it's ok for 9 and up

I think the 11+ rating is spot on but the reason is that it is more for the theme of this film than the actual content which very little of is objectionable. Yes there are fist fights and gun fights but all are bloodless and are at a PG level. There is cigar and cigarette smoking but this movie was made at the time where it was not promoted as being bad for you so bear in mind. No profanity whatsoever and no sex or nudity. However I do feel younger children may be bored by the film. For one thing it is 70 years old and there is literally no action until the very end. So that is why I feel it should be 11+ because it will most likely not interest smaller children, but as far as the content goes there is nothing in here a 9 year old cant handle if they are even interested in the film. What makes it an amazing western is excellent camerawork, set design, outstanding performance by Gary Cooper and some great dialogue. Cooper's character sticks to his moral conscience even though his wife and the town in which he is the Marshall tell him to do otherwise. So the messages are great. For kids it may be too slow but for teenagers and above you should enjoy it and will probably be able to identify with the characters particularly Cooper's. I would say it is an overall family film. Parents may dislike the fact that the Marshall played by Cooper gets no help or support from the townspeople in stopping the main villian, but it proves the strength that Cooper's character has in his values and morals. Additionally Cooper plays his character very realistically. Even though he is the protagonist he has moments of true fright for his wife and future. For families there should be some entertainment value and some good discussions to come out of watching this.

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Great messages
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age 12+

High Noon Gets High Marks For Entertainment and Storytelling

If you're looking for a great western for the family during these trying times then look no further then the 50's western classic High Noon starring Gary Cooper. Strong storytelling and directing pacts a punch with audiences with crisp writing and a great story line. The dialogue is strong which is why the movie is so effective. Every actor in the film has a defined role with smart writing and powerful action scenes which put Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns to shame. This one's for the late tween and up set as they younger set will have trouble following the story line. A classic western that everyone enjoy and be entertained without trying to figure out why this movie sucks, because it truly is a classic which will keep you in your seats; maybe without even a bathroom break.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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This outstanding drama ticks by in real time, only 84 tense minutes long. Will gets the message about Frank Miller at 10:40, and we feel the same time pressure he does, as he tries to find someone to help him. We see and hear clocks throughout the movie, and as noon approaches, the clock looms larger and larger, the pendulum swinging like an executioner's axe. In the brilliant score by Dimitri Tiomkin (sung by Tex Ritter) the sound of the beat suggests both the train's approach and the passage of time.

HIGH NOON is like a grown-up Little Red Hen story. Will cannot find anyone to help him protect the town. Everyone seems to think it is someone else's problem (or fault). Teenagers may be interested to know that many people consider this film an analogy for the political problems of the McCarthy era. It was written during the height of the Hollywood "red scare." After completing this screenplay, the writer, an "unfriendly witness" before the House Un-American Activities Committee, was blacklisted. But this unforgettable drama of a man who will not run from his enemy, or his own fears, transcends all times and circumstances.

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