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Title: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Beebs on June 07, 2005, 10:02:17 AM
Is there a sequel to Hang em High? If so what?

The film leaves you hanging with how many men left to be caught?


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Marco Leone on June 07, 2005, 01:24:41 PM
No sequel Beebs.  It just...... ends there!


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: JamesK on December 06, 2005, 11:34:13 AM
I have a weird relationship with this movie in that I've seen it twice and can never remember anything about it once I've watched it.  So for me, seeing the original is kind of like seeing a sequel, because it's all new!


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: The Man With A Hand Brace on December 18, 2005, 04:01:04 PM

I was disappointed by Hang 'Em High.

The problem is, I dunno why. It's just not memorable. there was a hanging (unsuccessful), Eastwood was out for revenge, the rest I just can't remember. It was poor to my eyes, so most of it escapes me too.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: cigar joe on December 19, 2005, 10:52:16 PM
From Leoneizing AW's thread  ;D

Take Eastwood's first AW after working with Leone "Hang em High" needed a better score it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. It had some great set pieces like the six man hanging, but no strong villain, Captian Maddow (Ed Begley) doesn't exactly seem a strong baddie others like "The Swede" were cut and Alan Hale Jr, (Gilligans Island) just didn't seen to fit, it could have totally lost the Inger Stevens love interest sidebar, and the ending was less than climatic, it also left Cooper with unfinnished buisness.

So how to make it a SW?, here are a few suggestions give a theme song to Cooper and another to Judge Parker, give the Captian Maddow part to a big name strong usually good guy part playing actor say a Gregory Peck, or a Jimmy Stewart and give him a theme also, have the lynch mob made up of similar recognizeable good guys. I liked the Bruce Dern and the two brothers sequence. The six man hanging could have used some extreme closeups and a lot more camera angles, they could have made this even more memorable.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: dave jenkins on July 27, 2008, 10:38:37 PM
A few good set pieces, but the movie doesn't really come to much. That's what happens when an old Rawhide director gets involved, I guess.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Groggy on July 28, 2008, 06:34:21 AM
I remember thinking this movie was awful. I've seen it three or four times, so I don't want to hear "Oh you should check it out again" argument from TB or anyone else. :D The first half hour is pretty good, maybe the hanging scene, everything after that is pretty much crap.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: dave jenkins on July 28, 2008, 10:01:09 AM
The stuff with Bruce Dern and the boys is good, but it's over too quickly and then there really IS nothing else to follow with.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: cigar joe on July 28, 2008, 10:32:55 AM
I though the stuff with Pat Hingle was good also, but it went off the tracks with the Inger stevens sequence and then nowhere at the end.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: titoli on July 28, 2009, 12:36:46 AM
I agree with most of the criticisms here. Only about the music I disagree: it is verily awful, with those hammer beats which hit you regularly every cjange of scene. The main theme wasn't that bad, though. I think that trimmed of twenty minutes (the  love interest, basically) this gets a solid 7\10.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: The Firecracker on July 28, 2009, 01:27:55 AM
I like the failed hanging, Clint escorting the brothers across the desert and the scene where they execute several prisoners at once.

Other than that it doesn't have a whole lot to offer.
The biggest bother being the ending.
It isn't satisfying.
Doesn't the audience have the right to see Clint mow down ALL the participants of his hanging?
Also, the romance subplot slows the action down.

6/10


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: T.H. on July 28, 2009, 09:10:08 AM
I barely remember this movie. What I do remember: It falls apart after the desert sequence (a half hour in) and never recovers. It progressively gets worse scene by scene. Yeah, this is a stinker.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Dust Devil on July 28, 2009, 09:22:55 AM
This was Eastwood's first W after his collaboration with Leone, you bet your hat it stinks.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: titoli on July 28, 2009, 10:53:55 AM
This was Eastwood's first W after his collaboration with Leone, you bet your hat it stinks.

Yeah. I think the expectations for this being so high, one is not so indulgent. But this is better than most AW produced at the time.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: dave jenkins on July 28, 2009, 11:22:22 AM
It was directed by Ted Post, a TV director who worked on (among other things) Rawhide. He also did Magnum Force.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Colonel GŁnther Ruiz on July 29, 2009, 11:02:29 PM
As a kid, my first Leone movie was GBU (in fact I'm pretty sure that was my first western, too).  I liked it so much that my parents told me that GBU was part of a trilogy and that the other two parts were called Fistful of Dollars and Hang 'em High.  Imagine my surprise when I rented both movies!  I liked FoD though not as much as GBU but I absolutely hated Hang 'em High.  I couldn't understand why the other two were so good but this one was so lousy.

Thankfully, several months later, I was looking for something to rent at Blockbuster and found FaFDM.  I watched it, loved it, and realized that my parents had goofed up the title.  I saw High 'em High again in my twenties and I didn't hate it quite as much.  But yeah, its still pretty bad and the music sucks.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: dave jenkins on May 14, 2010, 01:07:10 PM
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Hang-Em-High-Blu-ray-Review/10640/


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Banjo on May 14, 2010, 03:01:37 PM
Can't see who would want to buy the  bluray disc.There's not even any special features.I pretty much agree with the concensus here in that after a very promising start it descends into monotony with a crap love interest and an unsatisfying ending.Though I think it's marginally better than JOE KIDD.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: titoli on May 14, 2010, 03:05:30 PM
Can't see who would want to buy the  bluray disc.

Really? :o


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Banjo on May 14, 2010, 03:16:26 PM
Well maybe Clint (to be fair he is good in this movie)completists but on checking the standard dvd can now had for just a few pence! :D


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Groggy on May 31, 2010, 03:41:46 PM
Rewatched this today courtesy of TCM, and while I liked it a teensy bit more than before, I still stand by my basic opinion. Too talky, and not interesting talk either. The movie starts great, stays decent up to the halfway mark, then slowly deterioriates into a lousy TV Western. I think the script is mostly to blame here; there are a lot of interesting ideas that aren't properly fleshed out, or are dealt with in a hamfisted manner. The Clint-Inger Stevens romance rivals Major Dundee as the most blatantly tacked-on romance in a Western.

I do like the score a lot, and some of the supporting cast is good, particularly Pat Hingle and Bruce Dern. Still, nothing to write home about. 6/10 might be generous.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Dust Devil on September 24, 2010, 10:35:37 AM
Well upon a re-watch I can only agree with all the criticism already written above. I wasn't crazy about this movie even as a kid but nowadays it looks really bad. I think watching this movie you can see clearly that only Leone knew how to get the best out of Clint, and maybe Don Siegel, but to a way lesser extent. The mass-hanging was the best part, the rest is barely routine with pinches of SW influence. Some of the sets were really nice for an AW, though.


5.5/10


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: dave jenkins on September 24, 2010, 01:26:16 PM
You've got to remember, Ted Post directed Rawhide episodes. Look upon HEH as a TV movie that just happened to play in cinemas.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: stanton on September 25, 2010, 02:32:15 AM
HEH is not a bad western, but it lacks a powerful ending and a better director. 6/10


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Dust Devil on September 25, 2010, 05:46:06 AM
You've got to remember, Ted Post directed Rawhide episodes. Look upon HEH as a TV movie that just happened to play in cinemas.

You might have mentioned this already.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 09, 2011, 04:31:34 PM
I think this is an enjoyable movie, though (as with many films) the love interest crap is unnecessary.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: dave jenkins on February 10, 2011, 08:18:11 AM
You might have mentioned this already.
Maybe even a couple of times? :D


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: T.H. on February 10, 2011, 02:51:51 PM
I bet he had a different crew for Magnum Force, because that's a well-made movie.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Groggy on February 10, 2011, 05:04:16 PM
I bet he had a different crew for Magnum Force, because that's a well-made movie.

That film benefited greatly from a John Milius/Michael Cimino screenplay.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: T.H. on February 10, 2011, 05:29:31 PM
Most definitely, but visually it was much more polished - to the point where it doesn't feel like the same guy is directing.

I'd use the same logic for Paul WS Anderson. I doubt any of his stuff looks as adequate as Event Horizon (sue me, I think it's a decent mix of every sci fi film from the late 60s onward lol).







Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: The Firecracker on March 11, 2011, 01:15:41 AM
That film benefited greatly from a John Milius/Michael Cimino screenplay.

Yes and no.
The story isn't focused enough.
One too many subplots (the neighbor really comes out of left field and is that plane hijacking scene necessary?) keep the movie from being as good as the first one.



Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: sargatanas on September 01, 2011, 12:50:48 AM
the best band in my home state of Tennessee, Booker t. & MGS ( Memphis group )
i play the Hammond B-3 and would like to know who the author of " hang 'em high " is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATFmWmsF-iw


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9r_kYpOvW8&feature=related


 





Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 01, 2011, 01:04:36 AM
the best band in my home state of Tennessee, Booker t. & MGS ( Memphis group )
i play the Hammond B-3 and would like to know who the author of " hang 'em high " is.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80k4qakPrqA&feature=related
 
booker explains :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9r_kYpOvW8&feature=related


 

the Hang 'em High score was by Dominic Frontiere http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061747/fullcredits#cast

Thanks for the clip; nice performance. Hang 'em High has a cool theme  O0


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: cigar joe on September 13, 2011, 03:28:54 PM
the Hang 'em High score was by Dominic Frontiere http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061747/fullcredits#cast

Thanks for the clip; nice performance. Hang 'em High has a cool theme  O0

You'll notice a very similar Frontiere theme for Barquero.


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: Moorman on November 22, 2017, 04:16:51 PM
I thought i would've already commented on this.  This was a great movie.  I tend to almost lump this movie, along with High Plains Drifter, into the 3 westerns that Eastwood made with Leone. Pale Rider is very similar also.  The plot of this movie is what stood out. Simple, revenge.  It was straight to the point and didn't try to be cute.  Not as popular as most Eastwood westerns, but i think its one of his best. It kinda reminds me of The Oxbow Incident, which MIGHT be the inspiration behind this movie because Eastwood said The Oxbow Incident is his favorite western...


Title: Re: Hang 'Em High (1968)
Post by: cigar joe on November 22, 2017, 04:38:03 PM
I thought i would've already commented on this.  This was a great movie.  I tend to almost lump this movie, along with High Plains Drifter, into the 3 westerns that Eastwood made with Leone. Pale Rider is very similar also.  The plot of this movie is what stood out. Simple, revenge.  It was straight to the point and didn't try to be cute.  Not as popular as most Eastwood westerns, but i think its one of his best. It kinda reminds me of The Oxbow Incident, which MIGHT be the inspiration behind this movie because Eastwood said The Oxbow Incident is his favorite western...

The only fault was the inclusion of the love story, that was almost always in American Westerns, Leone commented of this saying that it slowed American Westerns down, think of it if it had been a Leone film, and we would have had the time to get to the last warrants that Cooper had to serve too.