Gary Cooper plays Marshall Will Kane who has just married and planning on retiring. On the day he is leaving Hadleyville is the same day that a former criminal he put away, Frank Miller, is arriving with his gang to get revenge. Marshall Kane has to decide does he leave town before they arrive or stay and fight them. Unable to get anyone in town to support him, his decision becomes more difficult.
Beside using the classic western style of clothing, cinematography, and the old showndown of gun fighters, this film is so much more. It is a story of right and wrong and making the decision that based on principle. That the individual is more important that the collective. And that you have to be willing to stand up and be brave when you are terrified and want to quit.
This is a great American movie that is enjoyable to watch over and over again.