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The Quiet Man (1952)

A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Frank S. Nugent (screenplay), Maurice Walsh (from the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Sean Thornton
Maureen O'Hara ... Mary Kate Danaher
Barry Fitzgerald ... Michaleen Oge Flynn
Ward Bond ... Father Peter Lonergan
Victor McLaglen ... Squire 'Red' Will Danaher
Mildred Natwick ... The Widow Sarah Tillane
Francis Ford ... Dan Tobin
Eileen Crowe Eileen Crowe ... Mrs. Elizabeth Playfair
May Craig May Craig ... Fishwoman with Basket at Station
Arthur Shields ... Reverend Cyril Playfair
Charles B. Fitzsimons Charles B. Fitzsimons ... Hugh Forbes (as CHARLES fitzSIMONS)
James O'Hara ... Father Paul (as James Lilburn)
Sean McClory ... Owen Glynn (as Sean McGlory)
Jack MacGowran ... Ignatius Feeney (as Jack McGowran)
Joseph O'Dea 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

14 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Sieger See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,550,000, 31 December 1952
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The town of Cong, in County Mayo where much of the Quiet Man was shot, was just getting electricity in 1951 when the actors and crew were there. A few scenes show utility poles, but no wires are clearly visible. The town folk were excited because they thought the electricity wouldn't cost anything. When they learned otherwise, they insisted they didn't want or need it - get rid of it. (Later, of course, their attitude changed.) See more »

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At the horse race there is a sign that says "Inishfree race meet". In Ireland they are called race meetings not meets. 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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I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
(1875) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Thomas Payne Westendorf
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Archetypal John Ford comedy, as Irish as can be...
13 November 2000 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"The Quiet Man" is an Irish village version of "The Taming of the Shrew," the tamer being an ex-pugilist Sean Thornton (John Wayne) retired to the land of his fathers where he purchases "that little place across the brook, that humble cottage." But no sooner does he arrives on a soft spring morning than he falls in love with Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara).

Sean courts and weds her easily enough, but he has not worked out on the anger of her heavy and hard rich brother, the farmer Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen) who holds an envy against him for having bought the very property that separates his spread from that of the wealthiest widow in Innisfree Sarah Tillane (Mildred Natwick) whom Danaher strongly desires...

Danaher refuses to supply the traditional dowry, and Mary Kate accuses Sean for his apparent cowardice in not fighting for what is rightfully theirs...

The battle that follows (considered to be the longest recorded on screen) has Sean and his strong brother-in-law engaging in a climatic fight the townsfolk have long been anticipating with effervescent...

Maureen O'Hara is totally in her element as the fiery Irish girl whether as the bare-footed attractive woman looking after a number of sheep in the meadow, or as the troubled colleen trying to explain her problem to the devoted salmon-catching Catholic priest (War Bond) or as the proud beauty whom Wayne lets fall at her brother's feet... Maureen would play Wayne's love interest in four more features ("Rio Grande," "The Wings of Eagle," "McLintock," and "Big Jake"). Their screen relationship emphasized the strength of their chemistry...

Barry Fitzerald is simply superb as Michaeleen Flynn, the village matchmaker and cart-driver who can't seem to tell anyone something without winning a black beer from them first...

With an exciting Innisfree Races along the beach, a titanic fight from the farm, across the hillside, through a haystack and into a stream, and with emerald environments and great music, John Ford's romantic comedy is a marvelous entertaining film, painted beautifully, simply told with love and humor...

With 7 Academy Award Nominations, the film earns Ford his 4th and last Oscar for Best Director establishing a record which is still unbeaten and won another Oscar for the outstanding Technicolor for Best Cinematography...


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