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The Quiet Man (1952)

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A retired American boxer returns to the village where he was born 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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widow | cottage | ireland | train | boxer | See more »

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Action...Excitement...Romance...Fill the Screen !

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

14 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Sieger  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A replica of the famous thatched cottage in the movie is located at Maam Cross, County Galway, in the west of Ireland. See more »

Goofs

Michaeleen introduces Sean to Mary Kate as from Pittsburgh, Massachusetts, USA. However, "Steel", "pig-iron furnaces", and "slag heaps" are more generally associated with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. (Note: this is an obvious comedic device, showing that Michaeleen is not familiar with US geography.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Featured in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Mitty Matty Had a Hen
(uncredited)
Traditional Irish folk song
Instrumental version heard in soundtrack during climactic confrontation
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She wore a yellow straw bonnet
22 June 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Ireland has never been portrayed as lovingly as in this film. John Ford's tribute to the land of his ancestors is about as good as a movie can get. Of course, Ford's vision is, by today's standards, a bit outdated. The Ireland of the time in the movie probably doesn't exist any more, but only in the minds of those who knew the Emerald Isle back then.

The story is a bit passe, but we make excuses for seeing it once more whenever it plays on cable, as we take the journey to an ideal place that thanks to John Ford will live forever.

The best thing in the film is Maureen O'Hara. This actress beauty was legendary. Having met her on a few occasions, I can only say, that she is as beautiful in person as she is in films. Miss O'Hara graced this movie by only being there. The camera loved her; she's perfect as Mary Kate Daneher, the spinster, as the locals call her.

The other big assets of the film are the Irish actors that Ford entrusted key roles. Barry Fitzgerald, the impish Michaeleen Flynn, was delightful. Victor McLaglen, is excellent as Squire Will Danaher. John Wayne, as Sean Thornton, is a bit stiff, but maybe Ford's direction called for this actor to play himself in rural Ireland, who knows?

This is a film to be treasured.


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