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High Noon

Retired sheriff Will Kane (Gary Cooper) has barely said, “I do” to his new bride (Grace Kelly) before an old enemy seeking revenge forces him to pin his badge on again. Along with defending himself, Will also wants to protect the local citizens, even thought they are too cowardly to join him at the showdown. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 85
Theater Release: 30 Jul 1952
Video Release: 17 Jul 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Frank goes free because of a jury’s decision. How is the work of police officers stymied when a criminal is released back to the streets rather than sentenced to do time for his or her crime? How can different levels of the justice system work together effectively?

Why does Will’s wife detest violence? How does that affect her religious choices? Do you agree with Will’s decision to put his job (even though he is officially retired) above his commitment to his new bride?

Why are the townsfolk so reluctant to stand up to Frank and his gang? Does this kind of fear allow bullies to continue in their ways? Why does Will choose to stand up to Frank even when no one will join him?

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