This remake of the 1952 classic stars Tom Skerritt, Dennis Weaver and Susanna Thompson!
U.S. Marshal, Will Kane has found the love of his life, a Quaker woman named Amy. She agrees to marry him, but since she is opposed to violence of any kind, and is not comfortable with his line of work, she asks that he resign right after the wedding ceremony. The quiet life of a farmer seems appealing to Will, especially as he’s not getting any younger.
Soon after the happy couple says “I do,” Will, a man of his word, resigns, but deep down, he’s uneasy. The marshal who is to take his place has not arrived, and Amy is anxious to start their new life in another town.
As they are about to head out, the station master rushes up and tells Will, he’s gotten word that Frank Miller, a ruthless killer Will had put behind bars is out of jail on a pardon and heading into their town of Hadleyville on the noon train. Frank is gunning for revenge, and he’s bringing reinforcements, notorious outlaws Jack Colby, Ben Miller and James Pierce, to make sure the job gets done.
With a target on his back, Will feels compelled to stay and fight. After all, he was the lawman that rid the town of Frank’s gang and their corruption, intimidation and murderous ways. He brought law, order and peace to Hadleyville for years. But everyone urges him to take Amy and run. On the wagon out of town, Will’s sense of justice gets the better of him. Abruptly, he turns the wagon around and races back against Amy’s pleas and her ultimatum: Even though it’s their wedding day, she is prepared to leave him. She will be on the train with him or without him.
When Will returns he goes to the townspeople one-by-one to ask for help in what might be the gunfight the ends his life. But no one will step up. The judge who sentenced Frank to be hanged packs his bags and flees. Harvey Pell, Will’s deputy, bitter he wasn’t promoted to fill Will’s position, walks out. Will’s old girlfriend, Helen Ramirez, admits she sold her store and is leaving on the noon train, the same train Frank will be on. Will then begs help from the men in the saloon, but they refuse, looking forward to rowdy times when Frank returns to control the town. Will’s old friend, Sam, hides when Will shows up at his door, leaving it to his wife to make excuses for him. Even pleading with congregation members at a church service yields no volunteers. Will’s last hope is his mentor, former marshal, Martin Howe, but Martin has become cynical and angry in his old age. He tells Will their fight for justice all these years was not worth it. “It’s all for nothing,” he says.
The clock is ticking, and with no one by his side, no one at his back, Will awaits the brutal outlaws, alone in an almost deserted town.