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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sean Thornton
... Mary Kate Danaher
... Michaleen Oge Flynn
... Father Peter Lonergan
... Squire 'Red' Will Danaher
... The Widow Sarah Tillane
... Dan Tobin
Eileen Crowe ... Mrs. Elizabeth Playfair
May Craig ... Fishwoman with Basket at Station
... Reverend Cyril Playfair
Charles B. Fitzsimons ... Hugh Forbes (as CHARLES fitzSIMONS)
... Father Paul (as James Lilburn)
... Owen Glynn (as Sean McGlory)
... 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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Action...Excitement...Romance...Fill the Screen !

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Sieger  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,550,000, 31 December 1952
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to John Ford, Republic Pictures head Herbert J. Yates disliked the title and wanted the film called "The Prizefighter and the Colleen." Ford disagreed because he was afraid that would give the plot away. He prevailed. See more »

Goofs

Some of the pipe tunes which are played are Scottish rather than Irish. Whilst it is not uncommon for Scottish and Irish musicians to play each other's tunes, the Quiet Man is clearly about Irishness, and so this is no doubt an oversight. 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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Connections

Referenced in Is That All There Is? (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Mush-Mush-Mush Tural-i-addy
(uncredited)
Traditional
Adapted by Sean O'Casey and Dennis O'Casey
Sung by the townsmen
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A great masterpiece on film.
18 March 2000 | by 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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