A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
Ethan Edwards, returned from the Civil War to the Texas ranch of his brother, hopes to find a home with his family and to be near the woman he obviously but secretly loves. But a Comanche raid destroys these plans, and Ethan sets out, along with his 1/8 Indian nephew Martin, on a years-long journey to find the niece kidnapped by the Indians under Chief Scar. But as the quest goes on, Martin begins to realize that his uncle's hatred for the Indians is beginning to spill over onto his now-assimilated niece. Martin becomes uncertain whether Ethan plans to rescue Debbie...or kill her.Written by
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The Mexican man who takes the searchers to meet Chief Scar is called Emilio Gabriel Fernandez y Figueroa. The name of this character, played by Antonio Moreno, is a combination of the names of Mexican actor and director Emilio Fernandez and his cinematographer, Gabriel Figueroa, both of whom were friends of director John Ford. See more »
After the children go to sleep, Aaron's pipe disappears from his hand. Afterward, when he is hiding Ethan's money, the pipe reappears in his mouth. See more »
A classic from possibly the greatest actor-director
combination in the history of westerns: John Wayne and John Ford.
An epic western. Epic in its timespan, its vistas, in its sheer
Entertaining story, with a plot that feels just right - complete,
circular and doesn't overstay its welcome.
Pacing is just right. Movie doesn't get bogged down at any stage.
However, there are some silly detours that threaten to derail the progress.
Incredible cinematography and scenery. Fantastic soundtrack too.
Moreover, you get a feeling that this is how the west really was:
untamed, where everyone had to be resourceful and also rely on their
fellow settlers for survival.
Solid performance by John Wayne in the lead role. His sheer presence
carries the film. Good support from Jeffrey Hunter and Vera Miles.
Natalie Wood (aged 17 at the time) does well as (the older) Debbie.
Henry Brandon is suitably menacing as Scar.
However, it is some of the other performances, or characters, that let
the movie down and prevent it from being an absolute masterpiece. I
found the Reverend, played by Ward Bond, incredibly irritating. So too
Lars Jorgenson (played by John Qualen), Charlie McCorry (played by Ken
Curtis) and Mose Harper (played by Hank Worden). All these characters
just don't seem real: they're either overly stereotypical or extreme.
It feels like every single one of those actors is over-acting.
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