Hang 'em High

Hang 'em High

Director: Ted Post Cast: Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
, Inger Stevens
Inger Stevens
, Ed Begley Sr.
Ed Begley Sr.
Ted Post
Hang 'em High

Hang 'em High

Director: Ted Post Cast: Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
, Inger Stevens
Inger Stevens
, Ed Begley Sr.
Ed Begley Sr.
Ted Post

Blu-ray (Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen)

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Overview

Ex-lawman turned rancher Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) is moving a small herd of cattle when a group of nine men on horseback, led by Captain Wilson (Ed Begley Sr.), ride up and accuse him of having stolen the cattle and killed their owner. Refusing to believe his account, they string him up by the neck and leave him for dead, but they don't do the job right. Cooper is dangling there, barely alive, a few minutes later when Deputy U.S. Marshal Bliss (Ben Johnson) spots him and cuts him down. He survives the next few days in Bliss' tumbleweed wagon with the other prisoners, and is later cleared of any wrongdoing and released by Judge Fenton (Pat Hingle), just in time to witness the hanging of the man who really murdered the owner of the cattle and took Cooper's money. Cooper still wants revenge on the nine men who tried to hang him, but Fenton insists that he leave the bringing of them to justice to his deputy marshals. As it happens, Fenton is in desperate need of deputy marshals for the territory that he oversees, and he also knows that Cooper was a good lawman. Cooper, in turn, is now broke and in need of a job, and does want to see justice done. They strike an uneasy bargain, Cooper agreeing to wear a badge and bring in the men he's looking for -- alive -- for trial. The latter proves easier said than done, however, when the first of them that he spots tries to draw on him when he makes the arrest. One of the hanging party, Jenkins (Bob Steele), soon turns himself in and provides the names of the others. Cooper takes Stone (Alan Hale Jr.) alive, but the hapless blacksmith is later shot by the local sheriff (Charles McGraw) while trying to escape. The other men, led by Wilson, have no intention of dying, or even being brought to trial, without a fight. Two of them go on the run out of the territory, while Wilson and two of the others decide to take the law into their own hands once again. Meanwhile, Cooper becomes a hero when he single-handedly brings back a trio of rustlers who are also guilty of murder. This leads to Cooper's first confrontation with Judge Fenton, who, in a gripping scene, explains why it is essential that he be as seemingly quick to hang a man as he is. Unless the people are convinced that the law will do its job -- including hanging men who deserve it -- they will keep taking the law into their own hands and there will be more lynch mobs like the one that tried to kill Cooper. In the course of his quest for justice, Cooper also makes the acquaintance of Rachel (Inger Stevens), a young woman with her own search for justice, haunted by her own ghosts, and the two of them are drawn together, no more so than when Wilson and two of the others try to gun Cooper down in cold blood. The final confrontation between Cooper and Wilson escalates in violence to its savage, irony-laced conclusion.


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Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2018
UPC: 0826663192551
Original Release: 1968
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 20,165

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman; Audio Commentary with Film Historian Jim Hemphill; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Jed Cooper
Inger Stevens Rachel
Ed Begley Capt. Wilson
Pat Hingle Judge Adam Fenton
Arlene Golonka Jennifer
Ben Johnson Sheriff Dave Bliss
Tod Andrews Defense Attorney
Richard Angarola Actor
Larry Blake Actor
Barry Cahill Actor
Bruce Dern Miller
Herb Ellis Actor
Hal England Actor
Bert Freed Schmidt the Hangman
Jack Ging Marshall Hayes
Roy E. Glenn Guard
Richard Guizon Actor
Alan Hale Stone
Dennis Hopper The Prophet
L.Q. Jones Loomis
Robert Earl Jones Actor
Mark Lenard Actor
Jonathan Lippe Actor
James MacArthur Preacher
Charles McGraw Actor
Michael O'Sullivan Francis Duffy
Ned Romero Actor
Bruce Scott Billy Joe
Joseph Sirola Actor
Paul Sorenson Actor
Bob Steele Jenkins
Ted Thorpe Actor
Russell Thorson Mr. Maddow
James Westerfield Prisoner
Ruth White Madam Peaches Sophie
Robert B. Williams Actor
Rick Gates Ben
Dennis Dengate Actor
John Wesley Actor
Bill Zuckert Actor

Technical Credits
Ted Post Director
Bill Brame Editor
John Capter Musical Direction/Supervision
Gene Fowler Editor
Leonard Freeman Producer,Screenwriter
Dominic Frontiere Score Composer
Mel Goldberg Screenwriter
John B. Goodman Art Director
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Gene Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonard Sough Cinematographer
Leonard J. South Cinematographer
George Swartz Special Effects
Glen Wright Costumes/Costume Designer

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