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Summary: A band of vigilantes catch Jed Cooper 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. (imdb)
Hang 'Em High is hit or miss, especially during its final act. That said, it does bring up some interesting questions about the nature of law and order, although some plot strands, such as the one involving Rachel, would probably have been more effective if they weren't explored in as much detail. This movie owes a considerable debt to Sergio Leone's westerns in terms of style, but this only really brings the film down in terms of its faux-Morricone score, which becomes awfully intrusive.
It's good, not great but good. The narrative doesn't pack as much punch as later Eastwood westerns and the directorial style is nothing to write home about. Still if you're looking for an Eastwood western and you've gone through all his major stuff this will still entertain. It's by no means the best but worth watching if you're a fan.
Not the best Eastwood Western, but they're all pretty good. There are bits in the middle where 1968 movie making caters to a 1968 audience and the film suffers for it as it's no longer 1968, but the movie is still a classic.
An almost theatrical western, with heavy dramatic background music which is at times almost reminiscent of black and white cinema. This diversion from the Spaghetti style of western production inevitably makes Hang 'Em High feel like a less well rounded package. Viewed as a slight departure from the usual however it works on most levels and provides substancial entertainment, even if prone to drag through the slower sections. A pretty good western, still worth watching for Eastwood among others.
It comes across as a traditional western trying way too hard to make it in a spaghetti world. Could anyone buy an invincible heroic gunslinger so soon after misanthropic beatdown magnets like Blondie and Django bled and spat all over the scrublands? Great cast though. I mean it, GREAT cast. And the plot has an interesting anti-death penalty angle, which is pretty thoughtful.
One of my favorite Clint Eastwood westerns of his American work until it tires things out with the dreaded, unnecessary romance and a staggered pace by the end of it. Oh, and terrible music. Obviously trying to imitate Morricone in areas and never getting it right.
Tries to imitate Morricone's Dollars score from a few years earlier failing miserably. The taking of the other three prisoners just bogged it down massively and made a drastic character change even harder to believe, whilst the romance subplot was weak and then you just go and abandon it anyway (with some dumb justification). Throw in some poor direction (ooo, lets zoom in everytime Eastwood finds one of the killers), some poor cinematography and a rubbish ending..