High Noon is a 1952 American Western Drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper. In nearly real time, the film tells the story of a town marshal forced to face a gang of killers by himself. The screenplay was written by Carl Foreman. The film won four Academy Awards (Actor, Editing, Music-Score, Music-Song) and four Golden Globe Awards (Actor, Supporting Actress, Score, Cinematography-Black and White). The award-winning score was written by Russian-born composer Dimitri Tiomkin.
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 NFR's first year of existence.
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.
- The film is one of several films which had influence on the Die Hard scenario formula.
- Many critics and audiences vary on whether or not the protagonist truly is an effective sheriff. Filmmaker Howard Hawks was one of many who didn't think the sheriff was particular good at his job so he made Rio Bravo in response to showing a similar formula where the sheriff was effective at his title.