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Greatest Westerns Round 1: High Noon v. Shane

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  • Greatest Westerns Round 1: High Noon v. Shane

    High Noon (1952)
    Will Kane is a town marshall. It's his wedding day and his last day as a lawman. He was about to leave town with his new bride to start a new life when some men come to town who tell him that a man he sent to prison some years ago has just been released and is arriving on the noon train. Kane and any of the townsfolk who remember him, know that he's coming to town for one thing; to get Will. Will's friends tell him to leave town which he does but Will feeling that running away is not a solution returns and intends to face him. Will tries to find support from his friends but all of them don't want to help him or are too afraid and all that they tell him is to leave, even his wife feels the same way. And as the train comes closer, Will is all alone.

    Shane (1953)
    Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like the Starretts, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. We wonder about Shane's relation to Joe's wife Marian. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley before he can ride off with Joey hollering "Shane ... Shane ... Come Back!"
    High Noon (1952)
    Shane (1953)

  • #2
    High Noon. Gary Cooper's best film. When I was young, I could never wrap my head around a movie in real-time. I still think it is possibly the best film device ever created!
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    • #3
      High Noon.

      What a great film!
      "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".




      • #4
        I went with High Noon, but was surprised to see that Shane doesn't have a single vote.


        • #5
          I never got into Shane that much. I saw both as first runs. Highnoon and that ticking, ticking, ticking clock.

          Hard to pass up a word on the music in this one. Does anybody NOT know the first stanza.

          Another one of the Great Movies.

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          Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

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          • #6
            High Noon
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            • #7
              I have to go with Shane, bucking the crowd here.


              • #8
                High Noon. The basic story is relevant through all of time.
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                • #9
                  High Noon
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                  Peace through superior firepower.


                  • #10
                    Shane. I never did like the storyline of High Noon.
                    If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks,glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. Napoleon


                    • #11
                      I like both but went with High Noon.
                      "War is hell, but actual combat is a motherf#cker"
                      - Col. David Hackworth


                      • #12
                        High Noon.


                        • #13
                's GARY COOPER!
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                          • #14
                            Shane didn't do much for me, but High Noon was gripping.
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                            • #15
                              Shane. I was never a big Gary Cooper fan. He spends the whole movie looking scared. How did he catch the bad guys and put them in prison in the first place?
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