High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane
Title: High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane
Release year: 1980
Country: United States
Genres: Drama, Western
Director: Jerry Jameson
Stars: Lee Majors, David Carradine, J.A. Preston
Rating: 2/5

Former Marshal Will Kane returns to Hadleyville a year after he resigned and finds the town in the grip of a tyrannical Marshal who abuses his power.

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High Noon
1952
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A Pale Shadow of Noon: High Noon, Part II Disappoints

2024-05-12

High Noon (1952) remains a classic Western, lauded for its suspense and exploration of courage. Its 1980 sequel, High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane, however, fails to recapture the magic.

Lee Majors steps into Gary Cooper’s iconic role as Will Kane, a retired marshal returning to Hadleyville. He finds the town under the thumb of a cruel new lawman, Ben Irons (David Carradine). The premise offers a chance to revisit themes of heroism and civic responsibility.

Unfortunately, the film falls flat. The narrative lacks the tension that made the original so gripping. The characters are one-dimensional, and the dialogue feels uninspired. The themes are present but not explored with any depth.

Fans of the original will likely be disappointed. Newcomers to the story might find it a mildly diverting but forgettable Western.

If you’re looking for a tense and thought-provoking Western, stick with the 1952 High Noon. High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane offers a hollow echo of a great film.

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