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The Best High Noon Movie Quotes

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The best High Noon quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from High Noon, with the help of your votes. Starring Garry Cooper and Grace Kelly, High Noon was directed by Fred Zinnemann and released in 1952.

What is your favorite High Noon quote? One memorable line was when Amy said, "Don't try to be a hero. You don't have to be a hero, not for me." Another great line from High Noon is, "I'm not trying to be a hero. If you think I like this, you're crazy," spoken by Kane.

Vote up your top High Noon quotes, regardless of which character they come from.

  • This Is Crazy
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    This Is Crazy

    Kane: It's no good. I've got to go back, Amy.
    Amy: Why?
    Kane: This is crazy. I haven't even got any guns.
    Amy: Then let's go on. Hurry.
    Kane: No, that's what I've been thinkin'. They're making me run. I've never run from anybody before.
    Amy: I don't understand any of this.
    Kane: Well, I haven't got time to tell ya.
    Amy: Then don't go back, Will.
    Kane: I've got to. That's the whole thing.


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    • Don't Try To Be A Hero
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      Don't Try To Be A Hero

      Kane: I sent a man up five years ago for murder. He was supposed to hang. But up North, they commuted it to life and now he's free. I don't know how. Anyway, it looks like he's coming back.
      Amy: I still don't understand.
      Kane: He was always wild and kind of crazy. He'll probably make trouble.
      Amy: But that's no concern of yours, not anymore.
      Kane: I'm the one who sent him up.
      Amy: Well, that was part of your job. That's finished now. They've got a new marshal.
      Kane: He won't be here until tomorrow. Seems to me I've got to stay. Anyway, I'm the same man with or without this.
      Amy: Oh, that isn't so.
      Kane: I expect he'll come lookin' for me. Three of his old bunch are waiting at the depot.
      Amy: That's exactly why we ought to go.
      Kane: They'll just come after us, four of 'em, and we'd be all alone on the prairie.
      Amy: We've got an hour.
      Kane: What's an hour?...What's a hundred miles? We'd never be able to keep that store, Amy. They'd come after us and we'd have to run again, as long as we live.
      Amy: No we wouldn't, not if they didn't know where to find us. Oh Will! Will, I'm begging you, please let's go.
      Kane: I can't.
      Amy: Don't try to be a hero. You don't have to be a hero, not for me.
      Kane: I'm not trying to be a hero. If you think I like this, you're crazy.


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        You'd Better Get Busy

        Barber: How many coffins we got?
        Fred: Two.
        Barber: We're gonna need at least two more, no matter how you figure. You'd better get busy, Fred.


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          Go Home To You Kids

          Herb: Time's gettin' pretty short.
          Kane: It sure is.
          Herb: When are the other boys gonna get here? We gotta make plans.
          Kane: The other boys? There aren't any other boys, Herb. It's just you and me.
          Herb: You're jokin'.
          Kane: No, I couldn't get anybody.
          Herb: I don't believe it. This town ain't that low.
          Kane: I couldn't get anybody.
          Herb: Then it's just you and me.
          Kane: I guess so.
          Herb: You and me against Miller and all the rest of them?
          Kane: That's right. Do you want out, Herb?
          Herb: Well, it isn't that I want out, no. You see. Look, I'll tell ya the truth. I didn't figure on anything like this, Will.
          Kane: Neither did I.
          Herb: I volunteered. You know I did. You didn't have to come to me. I was ready. Sure, I'm ready now - but this is different, Will. This ain't like what you said it was gonna be. This is just plain committing suicide and for what? Why me? I'm no lawman. I just live here. I got nothin' personal against nobody. I got no stake in this.
          Kane: I guess not.
          Herb: There's a limit how much you can ask a man. I got a wife and kids. What about my kids?
          Kane: Go on home to your kids, Herb.


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