Hang 'Em High (1968) 1080p

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Drama | Western
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 5.1  
Run Time:
114 min
IMDB Rating:
7 / 10 
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Directors: Ted Post [Director] ,

Movie Description:
A band of vigilantes catch Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) and, incorrectly believing him guilty of cattle rustling and murder, hang him, and leave him for dead. But he doesn't die. He returns to his former profession of lawman to hunt down his lynchers and bring them to justice.


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Solid, early Eastwood western. Classic.

Hang Em' High is Clint's first Hollywood western on the big screen as leading man after the success of The Dollars trilogy. This is a solid effort and reunites Rawhide director Ted Post with Eastwood on this fast paced and action packed western. The supporting cast is very strong with Bruce Dern, Ben Johnson, LQ Jones, Pat Hingle, and The Skipper from Gilligan's Island, as well as Inger Stevens as his love interest. Clint plays a sheriff that is wrongfully hanged and left for dead by a vigilante mob, throughout the film, he brings the men to justice. The theme of the film is justice and Clint tries to bring in the men he is in pursuit of, instead of smoking them outright. He is a tough lawman and fast with a gun, but he is very fair and good sheriff, with justice being his motivation. Hang Em' High is often overshadowed by some of Clint's more popular westerns and it may not be an equal to Unforgiven and The Outlaw Josey Wales, but this is a solid western and an enjoyable one that holds up as a great effort in Clint's early career.

We all have our ghosts, Marshal.

Hang 'Em High is directed by ted Post and written by Leonard Freeman and Mel Goldberg. It stars Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle, Ed Begley, Ben Johnson, Charles McGraw, Ruth White and Bruce Dern. Music is by Dominic Frontiere and cinematography is shared by Richard H. Kline and Leonard J. South.

An innocent man survives a lynching and returns as a lawman and sets about bringing the vigilantes to justice.

After making a name in Leone's Dollars Trilogy, Eastwood returned to America and began cementing his name in the genre of film that would come to define him. Though very much an American Western, this does have Spaghetti Western tonal splinters. Story is derivative and safe, however the characterisations are not and are pungent enough to warrant viewing investment.

Unfortunately director Ted Post often lets the pace sag to unbearable levels - especially in the last third of film, it's a shame that the mooted Robert Aldrich didn't get the gig. There simply is not enough on the page to sustain the near two hour running time, with the finale proving to be a rather flat experience. The liberal stance on the death penalty is a touch heavy handed, but not so as to kill the picture since the thought process of the complexities of justice holds high interest values. Then of course there is Eastwood to lure one in.

He's not the best actor in the film, though the amorality of character he plays makes him the fascinating centre piece. Hingle steals the acting honours as the stoically forthright Judge Fenton, while Stevens also shines as Rachael Warren, a character who like Eastwood's Jed Cooper has an obsessional motive for capturing criminals in her heart. All told the perfs across the board are pitched right and good value.

I'm not sure if the fact two cinematographers were used was a job for mates scenario? Whatever though, for there's nice work here, the New Mexico locations pleasing and at the same time mood compliant for the harsher edges of the story. Frontiers's music is interesting, full of ebullience - sometimes overbearing, it strangely at times sounds familiar to some of Herrmann's compositions in the fantasy genre...

Hang 'Em High is an important entry in the Western genre library, though neither great or bad, it's still a must see for genre enthusiasts. 7/10

American-made Spaghetti western in which Clint Eastwood sets out to avenge on the men who formed a lynch mob

A cowboy (Eastwood in his first American movie after Sergio period) ) is saved from lynching and vows vengeance and to hunt down the band that nearly murdered him . They left him with a scar on his neck and his seeks vendetta on the nine men (Ed Begley , LQ Jones , Bruce Dern, Alan Hale..) men who constituted the lynching gang . Now The Man With No Name is back! . As he is rescued by Marshal Dave Bliss (Ben Johnson) and brought to Fort Smith to the court of Judge Adam Fenton (Pat Hingle) . Appointed as a Deputy , Clint pursues his particular justice at whatever means , including his extreme obsession for revenge . The hanging was the best show in town. But they made two mistakes. They hung the wrong man and they didn't finish the job. As Eastwood is Judge, Jury and Executioner.

This is Clint first starring character in American Western dealing with a lawman/vigilante scenario, and following his sensational success in Italy with Leone Westerns : A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good the Bad and the Ugly . This is a good film , if uneven , with a lot of action , violence , shootouts and it contains a long as well as eerie hanging of six convicts . Being sometimes quite as violent as its Spaghetti counterparts . But it is more deserving of serious consideration than past times . The flick anticipates the thorny issue about the dichotomy between natural and legal justice . Clint Eastwood gives his ordinary acting as the tough cowboy saved by chance after being summarily strung up as a presumed rustler and left to die . This is a typical Eastwood vehicle and is said to have filmed some of it himself . The movie is more interesting as a way station in Clint career than for anything intrinsic to its Spaghetti style . Awesome , magnificent support cast , such as : Inger Stevens ,Ned Romero , L.Q. Jones , Alan Hale Jr , Ben Johnson , James MacArthur , Bob Steele ,James Westerfield , Mark Lenard , Bert Freed , Ruth White , among others . and Co-stars Charles McGraw, Ed Begley, Bruce Dern and Pat Hingle had all appeared in "Rawhide" episodes directed by Ted Post .

Colorful and burnished color cinematography from Leonard South and Richard H Kline . Special mention for musical score by Dominic Frontiere , it is a catching , moving soundtrack in Spaghetti style . Well made by his own production Company : Malpaso , with an old ¨Rawhide¨filmmaker on board , Ted Post . United Artists executives suggested experienced action film directors like John Sturges and Robert Aldrich, but Clint Eastwood gave the director's reins to Ted Post, who had directed twenty-four episodes of Rawhide (1959) and was very good at dialogue. In the mid- to late 1940s, Post made a name for himself in the theater and then moved into the adventurous arena of early television.He has since directed numerous segments of TV's top series : Gunsmoke (1955), Perry Mason (1957), Twilight zone (1959), Baretta (1975) , "Columbo," many more and feature films ranging from this one : Clint Eastwood's Hang'em high (1968) and Magnum Force (1973) to Retun to Planet of Apes (1970) .He's a Western expert , in fact his best movie is still a Western called ¨The legend of Tom Rooley¨ . Besides , he directed Clint Eastwood many times , starting working on Eastwood's television Western series, ¨Rawhide¨. When Eastwood returned to America after his successful Sergio Leone movies , he called for Post who directed him in Western ¨Hang'Em high¨ and the second entry Dirty Harry pictures : ¨Magnum Force¨. Ted Post also directed notable Sci Fi : Beneath of the planet of apes , Harrard experiment and horror movies : The Baby , Dr Cook's garden . And , finally , Ted Post returning to his theater roots .
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