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
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The movie has been criticized for its idealized and unrealistic portrayal of Ireland (then the Irish Free State) in the 1920s. See more »
After Sean and Red's first confrontation in the pub, the publican is pulling a round of drinks for everyone. It can be seen that he is taking full pints from a line and pretending to fill them. In Ireland, it is customary to have a row of drinks, such as Guinness, ready to be topped up as it is best served once it has settled. See more »
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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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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