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The Quiet Man (1952)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Tobin
Eileen Crowe ...
Mrs. Elizabeth Playfair
May Craig ...
Reverend Cyril Playfair
Charles B. Fitzsimons ...
Hugh Forbes (as CHARLES fitzSIMONS)
James O'Hara ...
Father Paul (as James Lilburn)
Owen Glynn (as Sean McGlory)
Ignatius Feeney (as Jack McGowran)
Joseph O'Dea ...
Molouney - Train Guard


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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Release Date:

14 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Sieger  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Republic head Herbert Yates wanted John Ford to shoot using the studio's own TrueColour process, but Ford insisted on the vastly superior Technicolour. See more »


Whilst on the formal courtship along with Michaeleen, they were doing a walking stretch. Sean asks Mary Kate if she can ride a bicycle, as Mrs. Playfair's tandem is seen sitting idle in town. She answers yes and the two take off on their own, but Sean should have already known, as the two were shown earlier accidentally meeting on the road; he on his horse and she riding a bicycle. See more »


[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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A rare gem

I can't say I've ever seen a film of such beauty as The Quiet Man. It is whimsical from start to finish, literally never hitting a sour note. Presenting the Irish culture from the point of view of an Irish descendant reclaiming his heritage, this film was an obvious labor of love from director John Ford. It even pokes fun at wife-beating and the IRA with complete good taste. I can't give enough praise to this movie, but out of all the great films from the brilliant John Ford, it's definitely my favorite.

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