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The Quiet Man (1952)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 September 1952 (USA)
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

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Francis Ford ...
Dan Tobin
Eileen Crowe ...
Mrs. Elizabeth Playfair
May Craig ...
Arthur Shields ...
Reverend Cyril Playfair
Charles B. Fitzsimons ...
Hugh Forbes (as Charles FitzSimons)
James O'Hara ...
Father Paul (as James Lilburn)
Sean McClory ...
Owen Glynn (as Sean McGlory)
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Ignatius Feeney (as Jack McGowran)
Joseph O'Dea ...
Molouney - Train Guard
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Storyline

Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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boxer | love | widow | cottage | ireland | See All (109) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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14 September 1952 (USA)  »

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Der Sieger  »

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Trivia

There is a long standing story, apparently true, regarding the scene where John Wayne scoops up the Holy Water from the font, outside the Catholic Church, for Maureen O'Hara to bless herself with. The problem was that John Ford chose this little church for this scene, but in reality, this church is not a Catholic church, but was, and still is, a Church of Ireland, or Protestant church, near the village of Cong, in Co. Mayo. The original scene was to have the Holy Water font, just inside the door, in the vestibule, but the local clergy weren't too happy. The Protestant clergy were unhappy at such a symbol of Catholicism, being placed inside a Protestant church, even if it was only for a couple of minutes, movie time. The Catholic clergy were equally unhappy that a Holy Water Font, highly symbolic in the Catholic Church, was to be placed inside a Protestant Church. After some negotiations, it was agreed that the font would be placed just outside the church and all would be satisfied. But rumor has it that John Ford told both clergy that unless this was sorted that very day, he would move the complete production back to America. So religious differences were set to the one side, cooler heads prevailed and the production continued in Cong and the surrounding areas. See more »

Goofs

During the station scenes, the locomotive and carriages have the 'Flying Snail' logo of the Coras Iompair Eireann railway company. This logo wasn't introduced until 1944. See more »

Quotes

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Father Peter Lonergan, Narrator: Well, then. Now. I'll begin at the beginnin'. A fine soft day in the spring, it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and himself got off. He didn't have the look of an American tourist at all about him. Not a camera on him; what was worse, not even a fishin' rod.
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Rakes of Mallow
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A great masterpiece on film.
18 March 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

One of the best directed by John Ford. An emotional, humorous look at an American, played by John Wayne, going back to his native Ireland and trying to fit in with the present culture. Sensational scenery and the grand music by Victor Young support this classic among classics. Breezy and rowdy. Too beautiful to turn your back on. A great illustration of romance. The interaction between Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is magical and hard to beat.

Other classic performances are turned in by Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond and Barry Fitzgerald.


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