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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

14 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Quiet Man See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,550,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Ford became unsure of himself and his story during production. Bickering with Herbert Yates took its toll on him, and he resented being at a minor studio where everything was generally second-class. At one point, nursing a bad cold, he told John Wayne that for the first time he had no idea where the story should go. "I don't know whether I've got a picture here or not," he said. Wayne recalled that in all the years he worked with Ford, he never saw him so down and so willing to admit his fears. While Ford was in bed sick, Wayne took the second unit crew over to Connemara and shot action scenes for the horse race sequence. The Duke got some great footage and his excitement had the desired effect on Ford. The director couldn't stand not being part of the action and was soon ready to go back to work. In spite of his deteriorating mental and physical condition during production, Ford was sad to leave Ireland. "It seemed like the finish of an epoch in my somewhat troubled life," he wrote to an Irish friend. "Galway is in my blood and the only place I have found peace." See more »

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When Sean visits Rev. Playfair, the vicar opens his scrapbook to the page which shows the newspaper article declaring "TROOPER THORN QUITS RING. Heavyweight Challenger Hangs Up Gloves After Fatal Knockout. Vows he will never fight again." The article goes on to say: "Trooper Thorn declares he has quit the ring for good and has hung up his gloves for the last time. Thorn's last fight was a knockout over Tony Gardello and so decisive was Thorn's victory that it will be some time before Tony can resume the fight game..." 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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wonderful and misinterpreted
17 October 2001 | by ch77See all my reviews

The Quiet Man is a wonderfully layered and at times hilariously ironic portrayal of Ireland as seen by an American.

For those who doubt the film's sense of irony, just re-watch the scene where Sean (John Wayne) paints the door of his cottage. The Vicar's wife remarks on its beauty and in a deadpan manner suggests "only an American would have thought of Emerald Green". Only an American (or a foreigner), is the implication, would think that the picturebook Ireland they are seeing in this film is a realistic portrayal of a lived experience of the country. An Irish person would have painted the door red, she says. It weathers better that way.

The film takes ideas of Irishness and exaggerates them to brilliant and comic effect. The drinking Mickaleen, the patriarchal rule, the idyllic countryside. But beneath the Oirish exterior is a sharp intelligence and a subversion of what the film at first glance seems to suggest.

Beneath the idyllic countryside are elemental forces that are waiting to be disturbed, as we see in the two scenes where Sean and Mary-kate kiss. Storm clouds fill the sky and the wind whips about them. The countryside which previously seemed so welcoming is now tempestuous and threatening. Theirs are passions which do not fit in the comic book world which we have previously seen. Yet they exist.

The portrayal of women, and particularly Sean's treatment of Mary-Kate when he drags her through the field is not so oppressive as it might seem. Remember that it is her who insists on receiving her dowry, who equates her possessions to her worth. It is she who forces Sean to act the way he does and fight Will Danaher. She indoctrinates him into her society by threatening to leave him. She withholds the marital bed. Sean eventually becomes the man she wants him to be.

In short this is a portrayal of Irish, or more importantly, rural life that is very much from the point of view of the outsider. Of the city folk. Yet it always acknowledges that and has great fun playing with its stereotypes. Its funny, its romantic, it appeals to the part of us that yearns to live a simple life away from the complex world, much as we know that life does not exist. Enjoy it!


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