Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written by Leonard Freeman. It stars Clint Eastwood as Jed Cooper, an innocent man who survives a lynching, Inger Stevens as a widow who helps him, Ed Begley as the leader of the gang that lynched him and Pat Hingle as the judge who hires Jed as a U.S. Marshal.
Miller: You ain't never gonna get me back to town alive, boy. Jed Cooper: Then I'll get you there dead... boy.
Francis Elroy Duffy, Prisoner: Now Preacher? The Preacher: You may say your peace now. Francis Elroy Duffy, Prisoner: You're now looking, for the last time, at the mortal body of Francis Elroy Duffy, born to John and Edna Duffy, good, God-fearing folk. Who raised me up to be a good man and a good Christian, and I was a good Christian, a good husband to my beloved wife, good father to my children, who I leave behind, hoping that they, and all you, will learn this here lesson which I leave you with. When you take the devil into your mouth, you're doomed! For he is lying there in wait for you inside that bottle of whiskey. Waiting for you to take him into your mouth. Waiting to get down into your guts where he can do his devil's work. Liquor is the most foul, evil thing in this here world. It destroyed good men like myself. It'll destroy you too. Beer is not much better - it's slower, cheaper. So take these words of advice. And remember, you heard them from a poor sinner, got no more cause to lie, 'cause he's going to meet his Maker. Now he's ready. Well that's all I've got to say.
Jed Cooper: You don't remember me, do you? Reno, Cooper Hanging Party: No. Jed Cooper: (showing his hanging scar) When you hang a man, you better look at him.
|Release Date||31 July 1968|
|Tagline||The hanging was the best show in town. But they made two mistakes. They hung the wrong man and they didn't finish the job.|
|Filming Locations||Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA|
|Film Class||Revisionist Western|
|Themes||Sheriffs and Outlaws, Lone Wolves, Vigilantes|
|Tones||Cynical, Rousing, Stylized|