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Let's talk hairstyles...
I thought one of the "innocent" boys to be hanged looked like he might have been in a 60's garage band!  :)

Well the opening sequence shows the general lawlessness in the territory, gangs of men thirsty for revenge too quick to judge an innocent man and lynch him without trial. It explains (later in the film) why Judge Fenton is so determined to enforce the law and order with his own brand of tough justice, so that his territory can become a proper state with law abiding citizens where future generations can live in peace without fearing the outlaws/lynch mobs, “where no one man can call himself the law” (as Fenton put it himself), etc. And the only way he’ll achieve that is to have decent lawmen such as Cooper working for him. Maybe this is stretching it a little, but the first thing Cooper does in the film - he saves the helpless calf from drowning – could symbolise future generations standing on their own feet, with a little help from the law?

I wonder if they were hoping to do a sequel, if Hang ‘Em High turned out to be a huge hit. Then they could have had Cooper going after the remaining two on his list, while his relationship with Rachel blossoms, etc…  
Well maybe so, but I think the more likely reason they left a few things open in the end is to look at the wider picture and say well there’s still a lot of work to be done in the territory, there’s a law to be enforced by lawmen such as Cooper, it’s only the beginning. And the last scene kind of supports that as we see Cooper riding out of town going after the outlaws in order to bring them to justice.
Several things are resolved at the end, Cooper has decided to carry on working for Fenton, old Jenkins who tried to save him from lynching gets pardoned, Rachel finally lets go of her ghosts, Captain and the majority of his men are caught/killed so it’s not totally ambiguous.

It always seemed a bit too long to me but I suppose it catches your attention instantly. First he’s saving the calf, then we see the horsemen on the other side of the river, obviously in a hurry, and it makes you wonder why. Then we realise Cooper’s in trouble, he’s about to be lynched, how does he get out of that, etc. So it’s straight into the action and you want to know what happens next.
If you’re sitting at home flicking through the channels on your TV, this comes on, you might just stick around for a few minutes, long enough to be hooked. And if Ted Post’s directing experience previous to Hang ‘Em High was doing TV series then this might explain why he chose to start the film this way.

I guess the dog was killed by one of Captain's men. I assumed that they let the dog out to find Cooper in all that darkness and then they'd shoot towards the dog hoping they get Cooper too. Such animal cruelty!

Previous Film Discussions / Re:HANG 'EM HIGH: The Story: 8. The Romance
« on: February 21, 2003, 02:57:17 PM »
I think the film could have done without the Cooper/Rachel thing. They’ve already made strong points about law, justice and revenge in the film, so the romance is one thing too many. Maybe they thought well we must have a love story in there somewhere.  
So I wonder what happened to the ginger haired girl from the brothel? We know Cooper has a “quickie” with her while the 6 men are being hanged, why didn’t he show any more interest in her?

Captain Wilson hanging himself, I thought that was very odd.
When Captain and his men realised Cooper was alive and was going after them one by one, they had a meeting. They all agreed they’d hung the wrong man and it was the wrong thing to do, and they were prepared to pay him off ($800 he lost on the cattle) hoping he would leave them alone.
When that didn’t work, they were ready to ride into the centre of town and shoot Cooper in broad daylight!
So I’m thinking if Captain was prepared to do all that, why didn’t he just shoot Cooper in the house? There would be no witnesses, he could be on his way!
I don’t think he would have felt that much remorse either, maybe a little, but he was still shooting through the window few minutes earlier! Why suddenly decide, oh I know I'll hang myself! I don't know, it's odd. :-\      

Eastwood News / Re:Warning UK Firefox DVD
« on: February 13, 2003, 02:41:35 PM »
Thanx. I'll be getting that one then!  :-\

Eastwood News / Re:don't miss it
« on: February 13, 2003, 02:36:41 PM »
is 'bridges' recommended , i have not seen the movie as yet.
It's a great film, make sure you see it!

Eastwood News / Re:Warning UK Firefox DVD
« on: February 13, 2003, 02:28:55 PM »
That's a shame. I was keeping an eye out for that dvd, maybe I won't bother. Ta for lettin' us know!
Is the region 1 version a full 137min?

Seeing Robert so pathetically standing in the rain, longing for Francesca to change her mind...
This would have to be my choice too. The moment they see each other, Francesca sitting in the truck, Robert standing in the middle of the road, realising that it's now or never, yes or no,...oh, it's just gut-wrenching, had me cryin' like a baby  :'(

Questions & Answers / Re:The Beguiled
« on: February 01, 2003, 01:37:38 PM »
Of course...Honkytonk Man...It's been a good few years since I've seen that one! I do remember Red being very ill and close to dying...suppose I'll have to get hold of a copy and re-watch it!

Thanx for the link KC, interesting to read about Pam Ferdin and that scene!
(I never knew she was in Star Trek too!)

Well here's another question about The Beguiled....just out of curiousity...did Clint have a real-life relationship with one of the actresses from that film?

BADGUY: (From Doug)  So what was the first movie you saw of Clint's that made you a fan? (And why?)
Thanx for the question...First one would have been one of the Dirty Harry films, either Dirty Harry or The Enforcer, can’t remember which one, I was only a kid.
Then when I was a bit older I saw Dirty Harry, Magnum Force and The Enforcer again, and from then I became a fan of Mr Eastwood.
Why? Well the first 3 Dirty Harry films were just great films (maybe because they were made in the 70’s?). I liked everything about them…the characters, the dialogue, the action, the way they were filmed and, of course the main character Harry Callahan.

Questions & Answers / The Beguiled
« on: January 30, 2003, 02:00:48 PM »
Is this the only film where Clint's character dies at the end? I haven't seen any of the films he did in the 50's so I can't comment on those, and in Escape From Alcatraz of course it's not known if he survives or not...

Also, at the start of the film, Clint kisses a 12 year old girl while whispering something like "old enough for kissing". Just wondered what everyone thought of that?

General Discussion / Re:Who saw BLOOD WORK??? (NO SPOILERS)
« on: January 08, 2003, 06:22:38 PM »
I heard it's not doing too well over here. Still haven't seen it yet! Haven't got anyone to go with!

Hey Ally....If it's not doing too well, I'd say go and see it before they stop showing it at all, drag someone to the cinema if you have to or just go alone  :-\ ........I did  ;) and probably will again!

General Discussion / Re:Who saw BLOOD WORK??? (NO SPOILERS)
« on: January 06, 2003, 04:19:26 PM »
I don't know about the rest of the UK but Blood Work seems to be widely available in London cinemas. I finally saw it today and I enjoyed it a lot. Not one of his best films but I'd recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it by now. Certainly beats all the other films on offer over here at the moment. Still I shared the entire cinema with 2 other people who looked like they were Clint's age! I don't know how well the film's doing here but it's not looking too good.
Oh was great seeing Clint on the big screen again, like seeing an old friend after a few years...

that's it for my first post :P

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