High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane

High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane is a 1980 American Western television film and a sequel to the classic 1952 film High Noon. It starred Lee Majors in the title role, as well as David Carradine and Pernell Roberts. It first aired on CBS on November 15, 1980, in a two-hour time-slot. The film's screenplay was written by novelist Elmore Leonard.

High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane
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GenreDrama
Western
Written byElmore Leonard
Directed byJerry Jameson
StarringLee Majors
David Carradine
Pernell Roberts
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producersCharles W. Fries
Malcolm Stuart
ProducerEdward Montagne
CinematographyHarry J. May
EditorLee Burch
Running time96 minutes
Production companiesCharles Fries Productions
Orion Television
DistributorCBS
Release
Original releaseNovember 15, 1980 (1980-11-15)

PlotEdit

Will Kane, now a private citizen living happily with his family, returns to the town of Hadleyville one year after the events of High Noon to conduct some business. He finds that the town is now in the hands of J.D. Ward, a corrupt marshal who allows his deputies to abuse and terrorize the citizens. Ward even shows his contempt for Kane by shooting the horses he purchased knowing that Kane can do nothing about it. Kane learns that Ward has organized a manhunt for outlaw Ben Irons and his men to collect the large bounty on their heads, despite the fact that none of them have committed any crimes and he is therefore acting outside of his authority as marshal. Kane, disgusted by Ward's actions and sharing a small friendship with Irons that dates back to his time as marshal, decides to help him escape from the law. Despite his efforts, Irons is shot and killed. Ward attempts to have Kane arrested for aiding a fugitive, but the townspeople turn on him and the local authorities, despite previously ignoring Ward's abuses, reinstate Kane as marshal and give him a warrant to jail Ward. Kane is given the old marshal's star he threw away at the end of the first movie, and kills Ward when he resists arrest. The movie ends with Kane sharing a tender moment with his wife and surrounded by the townspeople, finally grateful for all he's done for them.

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Home mediaEdit

High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane was released on DVD in 2012.

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