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Hang 'Em High on Criterion Collection DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
Come to think of it, I think this western classic would look good on Criterion Collection DVD. I like Clint Eastwood, Pat Hingle, Ed Begley, and Ben Johnson.
No, no, no
- Our Man Clint
People, please, pay attention. The music score is not by the same composer as for Sergio Leone's trilogy. This is not a Man With No Name movie. Different director, composer, pace, plot and character development. Lemons and pomegranates, although still in Italy. This is Eastwood's production company's first project, but is possibly one of the most boring of Eastwood's Westerns. The script is full of moral struggle (not so bad), but features paltry frontier scenery, plenty of plot dragging, and way too much Inger Stevens' frigid character. The most interesting feature of the plot line is the struggle with crime, judgement and punishment. Everyone struggles with it in their own way, but Eastwood's marshall is, as usual, the most righteous, despite his personal flaws. His character is a premonitory personification of what would become the much more cynical Dirty Harry of the modern 70s. The anticlimactic ending is disappointing bland and most predictable.
Film Star/Apprentice Film Maker
Probably a nice paycheck for the burgeoning film star. Although violent, the film maker was probably attracted to the often MIA-due-process theme of the old west.
hand 'em high
- m. benado
i subscribe to the now playing magazine. i enjoy watching classic films and look forward each month' magazine. while watching hang'em high on november 29th. the film was so distorted and damaged, that you could not hear the sound nor the film for at least half the show. would you show this film again at another time with a disc that is not damaged.?
Let 'em Eat Cheesecake!
This was an okay movie. They played the theme music way too much - so much so that it became comical, which was a good contrast to the violence. Also, in trying to see the humor in this film, in one scene Eastwood looks like he shoved his face into a cherry cheesecake.
hang um high
this is my least favorite clint eastwood film. saw it at the old yonge theatre in toronto and was sqwarming in my seat waiting for it to end. it just seemed to go on for ever. a great cast, although i think ben johnson got short changed on his part. the scenes at the cabin( ala doctor shivago) with the wind and flowers AND ENDLESS staring into inger stevens eyes nearly puts you in a coma( yawn).in fact her acting could put you out cold. a serious editing might have saved this otherwise great movie.
Hang 'em High
- Dashiell B.
A fine American Western for Eastwood after the success of his Spaghetti films with Sergio Leone. Eastwood does his usual squintty-eyed, always in the right stuff a victim of a lynch mob who is deputized by Hingle to capture his would-be killers including Begley & Dern. The film takes a strong stand against capital punishment, even at a time as violent as the setting of the film, the rest of the story is OK, but not fantastic. An entertaining & gripping story about satisfactory revenge. I give it a 4.5/5.
Spaghetti Western's rule
- Man with no name
I love the way it took an Italian director to demythologize the old American western and breath a new live into what had become a stodgy predictable genre. I say good riddance to the old Hollywood cowboy code. Sergio Leone would go onto direct the 2 great westerns of all time "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The soundtrack scored for the film is done by the genius composer Ennio Morricone who would go onto to compose some of the most recognizable scores in cinematic history.
Wish I Had The Cranberry Concession On This
This Film is such a TURKEY- that I wish I had had the Cranberry Concessionat the Theater where it Premiered!Useless, Senseless, Violent Trash.The kind of film that so endears itself to theAmerican Public.They should have cut the prints up into guitar picks- as a much wiser use of celluloid!Good Grief!
Eastwood at his most ruthless, until Dirty Harry
Jed Cooper,( Clint Eastwood) a former lawman, buys cattle unaware that he bought the herd from a rustler who mudered the rightful owner of the herd. Cooper is accused of the crime by a lynchmob who hangs him, leaving him for dead. A territorial marshal (Ben Johnson) saves him from certain death and takes Cooper before Judge Fenton (Pat Hingle) who clears him of any wrongdoing, and later deputizes Cooper to bring the lynchmob to justice.Cooper, no doubt has revenge on his mind. This is Clint Eastwood at his most ruthless, until he starred in DIRTY HARRY.