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The Quiet Man (1952)

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89

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 4

Director John Ford and star John Wayne depart the Western for the Irish countryside, and the result is a beautifully photographed, often comedic romance.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

Director John Ford and star John Wayne depart the Western for the Irish countryside, and the result is a beautifully photographed, often comedic romance.

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Movie Info

Returning to the Ireland of his birth, director John Ford fashions a irresistable valentine to the "Auld Sod" in The Quiet Man. Irish-American boxer John Wayne, recovering from the trauma of having accidentally killed a man in the ring, arrives in the Irish village where he was born. Hoping to bury his past and settle down to a life of tranquility, Wayne has purchased the home of his birth from wealthy local widow Mildred Natwick, a transaction that has incurred the wrath of pugnacious squire

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Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy

Maurice Walsh, Frank S. Nugent, Richard Llewellyn

Feb 20, 2001

Republic Pictures

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (4) | DVD (17)

This is a robust romantic drama of a native-born's return to Ireland. Director John Ford took cast and cameras to Ireland to tell the story [by Maurice Walsh] against actual backgrounds.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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John Ford's 1952 Oscar winner is a tribute to an Ireland that exists only in the imaginations of songwriters and poets like Ford.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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The illusion/reality theme underlying immigrant boxer Wayne's return from America to County Galway is soon swamped within a vibrant community of stage-Irish 'types'.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Let's face it. Mr. Ford is in love with Ireland, as is his cast, and they give us a fine, gay time while they're about it.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Although not a true classic, The Quiet Man is worth more than a cursory glance, especially for those who like Wayne or would like to experience more of his work.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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[The script] tends to resolve its problems by having the cast embrace, fraternity-brother fashion, and break out into full-throated ballads.

September 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

John Ford certainly has a right to some Irish blarney

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

John Ford may be the first director to make me like John Wayne.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Old-fashioned charmer for the family.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Brilliantly photographed romantic comedy.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

This is an amusing The Taming of the Shrew type comedy handled with a professional softness of touch by all concerned.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Ideal Sunday afternoon fare.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

One of John Ford's best pictures is also his most overtly romantic saga, set against picaresque Ireland, with top-notch turns from John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Ford shot on location in Ireland in dazzling Technicolor (with bold, sparkling greens), and came up with one of his most enjoyable, full-bodied films.

April 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Epic romantic comedy that I believe every Irishman must have seen at least once.

January 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the greatest love stories of all time. Ford's direction is brilliant; O'Hara is beautiful; the cinematography is dazzling, and the brawl between Wayne and McLaglan at the finale is a comic treasure. A must-see.

May 21, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Another insanely overrated "classic" which no one can remember why was once given such praise.

October 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
Filmcritic.com

Maureen O'Hara, born in Ireland, was never more ravishing than here on her home ground.

April 25, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

...old fashioned and sentimental...clearly a labor of love.

April 21, 2002
Movie Metropolis

This John Ford love song to the mythic Ireland of drunken blarney and sassy lasses is also one of the master's greatest.

July 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Wayne and O'Hara create a fine rapport, with good performances that build to a truly satisfying climax.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com

Audience Reviews for The Quiet Man

An Irish-American boxer retires to Ireland where he buys a plot of land and woos a local girl.
Perhaps I *gasp* don't like John Wayne. His strutting and posturing, long the quintessence of manhood, seem to me the vain attitudes of a caricature rather than a character. I understand that old film actors concentrated more on cultivating a persona than a character for an individual film, but Wayne's persona is neither compelling nor complex.
The film's plot is contrived. I followed the story with skepticism throughout much of it until it devolved into the most ludicrous fight scene that I could imagine, and then I just rolled my eyes and waited for it to be over.
What strikes me most is the film's misogyny. Mary's insistence for her own money and all the male characters' resistance bespeaks of a lack of male respect for female identity and self-sufficiency. The characters and the film itself wreak of over-whelming male superiority, and when Mary agrees to serve them dinner, I couldn't help but conclude that this was a film condemned to its time.
Overall, maybe there's a film that will make me like John Wayne, but this isn't it.
October 16, 2013
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Because of the film course I am taking I am forced to watch these old, boring movies. Usually anything before 1970 I can't handle; rarely there are exceptions. "The Quiet Man" is an unfunny mess of a film with a ridiculous ending. The landscapes are nice but if I want that I can just watch Discovery Channel.
October 10, 2012
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Eric Shankle

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I've seen this film many times over the years, and it has really stood out to me as being one of Ford's best films. Primarily known for his westerns, I love how this one is more atypical. It also helps that I've got a fair amount of Irish ancestry in me, thus can better appreciate this being a wonderful love letter to The Emerald Isle.

The story is that of Irish American boxer Sean Thornton who returns to the small Irish village of his birth. Distraught after having accidentally killed a man in the ring, all he wants is to live out the rest of his life peacefully and quietly on his family's land, which is no easy task, as he soon incurs the ire of the squire- a local brute who was wanting the land for himself.

Not only that, but Sean falls in love with the squire's sister, a feverishly traditional and fiery woman who insists that her and Sean's courtship be by the books, which includes receiving a dowry...that her brother refuses to pay. The couple get married, but until that dowry is received, the marriage absolutely won't be consummated.

What follows is a gloriously jolly romp that shows Sean trying to prove he's a real man without always having to resort to violence, which he is of course reluctant to do given his past.

Yes, the movie does perpetuate a few stereotypes about Irish men loving to drink and fight, but it could be far worse. The film has a fun set up, great supporting characters, and, since it was shot on location, it features Ireland in all of its glory with some truly marvelous cinematography. The music is also quite nice as well, and it's not surprising that this has become THE movie to watch every St. Patrick's Day as a result.

Wayne gives a fine performance, and it is nice seeing him in a role like this where he actual does have to try to act and show off his dramatic chops. He's successful too. Maureen O'Hara basically cemented her career here as Mary Kate the love interest, and for better or worse, she's the embodiment of a gorgeous prototypical Irish lass. Victor McLaglen is great as her bullying brother, and the great aforementioned supporting characters are superbly played by Ward Bond, Barry Fitzgerald, and Mildred Natwick among others.

Definitely give this one a watch. It's got drama, romance, comedy, action, and really leaves you feeling great inside.
October 4, 2012
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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

The Quiet Man is by no means a truly awful movie, but at the same time I don't understand what the big goddamn deal was. The story was fun (as were many moments) up until John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's wedding then I just found myself mostly annoyed. The fight scene at the end was chaotic (not even fun chaotic, just messy chaos) but overall I just didn't feel like this was a John Ford movie. Sure, some of the scenery was beautiful (and by scenery, O'Hara is included) but this movie is seriously overrated.
August 26, 2010
mjgildea

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    1. Michaeleen Flynn: Homeric!
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Fr. Peter Lonergan: She'll be runnin' you down with that Juggernaut!
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Michaeleen Flynn: It's a mirage brought on by a terrible thirst.
    – Submitted by Carol O (2 years ago)
    1. Red Will Danaher: Father? Little Flynn?
    2. Fr. Peter Lonergan: Well, I can't say it's true, and I won't say it's not, but there's been talk.
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    1. Feeney: A pound on Thornton against the Squire!
    2. Michaeleen Flynn: Go away, ye traiter, ya!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Michaeleen Flynn: I have... I have come...
    2. Mary Kate Danaher: Oh, I can see that. But from whose pub was it?
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