High Noon

High Noon quotes

32 total quotes (ID: 706)

Helen Ramirez
Judge Percy Mettrick
Multiple Characters


Kane will be a dead man in half an hour and nobody's gonna do anything about it. And when he dies, this town dies too. I can feel it. I am all alone in the world. I have to make a living. So I'm going someplace else. That's all.


Bartender: [to Kane] You must be crazy coming in here to raise a posse. Frank's got friends in this room. You ought to know that.

[to Harvey] You're a good looking boy, you have big broad shoulders, but he is a man. It takes more than big broad shoulders to make a man, Harvey, and you have a long way to go. You know something? I don't think you will ever make it.

[to Kane] Have you forgotten that I'm the man who passed sentence on Frank Miller?

There's no time for a lesson in civics, my boy. In the 5th century B.C., the citizens of Athens, having suffered grievously under a tyrant, managed to depose and banish him. However, when he returned after some years, with an army of mercenaries, those same citizens not only opened the gates to him, but stood by while he executed members of the Legal Government.

A similar thing happened about eight years ago in a town called Indian Falls. I escaped death only through the intercession of a lady of somewhat dubious reputation - and uh, the cost of a very handsome ring which once belonged to my mother. Unfortunately, I have no more rings.

[to Kane] Why must you be so stupid? Have you forgotten what he is? Have you forgotten what he's done to people? Have your forgotten that he's crazy? Don't you remember when he sat in that chair and said, 'You'll never hang me. I'll come back. I'll kill you, Will Kane. I swear it, I'll kill you.'

Harvey: That's funny...Kane and his new wife just took off in a big hurry...Hey, you don't suppose Kane's scared of those three gunnies...I never saw him whip a horse that way.

Hotel clerk: [to Amy] You're leaving on the noon train...but your husband ain't?...It's mighty interesting. Now, me, I wouldn't leave this town at noon for all the tea in China. No sir, it's going to be quite a sight to see.

Herb Baker: [to Kane] The way you cleaned this town up, you made it fit for women and kids to live in. Miller and nobody else will ever drag it down again.

Bartender: I'll give ya odds. Kane's dead five minutes after Frank gets off the train...That's all Frank'll need because I... [Kane punches him]

Sam Fuller: [to his wife, after hiding from Kane] Well, whaddya want? Do you want me to get killed? Do you want to be a widow, is that what you want?

Cooper: Before we go rushing out into something that ain't gonna be so pleasant, let's be sure we know what this is all about. What I want to know is this. Ain't it true that Kane ain't no longer Marshal? And ain't it true there's personal trouble between him and Miller?

Matt Howe: It's a great life. You risk your skin catchin' killers and the juries turn 'em loose so they can come back and shoot at ya again. If you're honest, you're poor your whole life, and in the end you wind up dyin' all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothin'. For a tin star.

Jonas Henderson: Get out of this town this very minute...Don't stop 'til you get to Clarksburg.
Kane: I think I ought to stay.