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The Quiet Man (1952)

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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)
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)  »

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Der Sieger  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When the film was first screened in Boston, Mass., Michaleen Flynn's line on seeing the broken bed, "Impetuous! Homeric!", was censored. See more »


When Sean hops back in the horse cart and says, "Hey! Is that real? She couldn't be!", the sound is also out of sync. 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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