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½ July 16, 2017
Very high ratings for such a simple, campy story. The post-war parents of the Baby Boomers were sure easily entertained with feather-lite war of the sexes fables. And some pretty rough handling, eesh, of the girl in places, she none too gentle herself in a play that makes the Irish look less than swift. And why all the poorly matched process shots when the company took the trouble to go to Ireland in a day when filming on location seldom was done? Yes, the Technicolor cam was a beast. But still ... This is simple, naive'ish filmaking that seems to have fans. John Ford doesn't impress, tho' there are legions who have a different take on him. The behind-the-scenes story of getting this picture made actually is more interesting than the picture itself. In the Age of "Downtown Abbey," this looks pretty simplistic ... a vehicle for the stars and for the Technicolor process, new at the time.
½ May 4, 2017
The lush Irish landscape and beautiful music are wasted on this very dull film. John Wayne should have stuck to his westerns. (First and only viewing - 5/26/2014)
March 18, 2017
The Quiet Man is a family tradition every St. Patrick's day, and the film is indeed disarmingly charming in both its wry humor and sentimentality.
March 15, 2017
when i drink whiskey i drink whiskey
when i drink water i drink water
½ February 21, 2017
Watching this now on TCM. WHAT A HORRIBLE MOVIE!
August 13, 2016
Classic. Awesome. One of John Wayne's best!
July 10, 2016
Held high by the incredible talents of Ford, Wayne, and O'Hara, this romantic classic still holds up with breathtaking visuals and a smart balance of excitement and subtle tension. Love isn't portrayed this way anymore. The Duke portrays a man trying to reform, rebuild, and be someone remembered not for explosive acts but quiet strength. Ford reveals a little at a time and pits two men against each other over a woman who is as fiery as they come. It's an amazing build with all of the flavor you can savor, including races, fights, flashbacks, a beautiful score, characters of every color, and much more. While it isn't my favorite Ford film, it celebrates a man after a woman for all the right reasons and willing to fight for her in all the right ways. And it doesn't end with the wedding. Many romantic films of our generation should sit down and take notes because honor and class stand tall with adrenaline and an epic dose of good ol' Ireland, the finest.
½ June 5, 2016
I don't get all the fuss about this movie. With all my due respect and high level tolerance toward old, dated movies, i didn't understand this one. I don't see any reason to call this movie a true classic (let alone masterpiece), well, cinematography is rich and fine. But that's all. Humour is not that good, the main actress is plainly overacting, the last fighting sequence is total farce, not even remotely funny. I'm disappointed.
June 2, 2016
John Wayne versus the overly conservative courting traditions of Ireland...sounds like a 5-star blockbuster premise, doesn't it? Well, not so much. My reaction to The Quiet Man was not very positive, and I stalled out and had to restart the movie more than once. The entire plot is just so bland and uninteresting to me that I'm surprised I persevered to the end. At this point I'm wondering if can muster the willpower to explore any more of Wayne's films because I have not enjoyed his performance yet in my first 2 experiences with him. He is a very stiff actor, and struggles to become a convincing romantic lead here. However, despite all my protestations to this film, I did enjoy moments. There were certain actors who were very good, especially Maureen O'Hara (even if I found her character annoying.) There were also some of the minor characters who gave me a chuckle, which I needed more of while watching this movie. The best part of the film, despite all the frustration I felt up to that point, was the final confrontation which somehow hooked me and I was anxious to see how it would end. One other thing that is worth mentioning was how well-restored the visuals were in the version that I watched. It truly captured the luscious beauty of Ireland. All these lovely things are nice to have in the film, but they just weren't enough to make me like The Quiet Man. I have a sneaking suspicion this is a movie I will quickly forget, and will wonder if I ever actually saw it.
May 24, 2016
When you here the name John Wayne you automatically think of westerns, but this gem of a love story is quite a pleasurable change.
Super Reviewer
April 11, 2016
Wayne's surprisingly adept at romantic comedy and Maureen O'Hara matches him at every turn. Some of Ford's best imagery is on display here.
½ April 10, 2016
I found it rather boring and the humor pretty dull. The woman lead character was interesting but a bit Ridic at times. It was kinda campy too. The best part was just the shots of Ireland-ain't saying much.
March 20, 2016
Kind of wish the characters weren't such one-dimensional representations of their culture and could have an adult conversation once throughout the movie, but other than that it was very well done and definitely showed the clash between cultures it was trying to.
March 13, 2016
How Hollywood imagines life in Ireland to be, all rustic pubs and fights and blarney. Into this mix comes ex-boxer Wayne from America who naturally falls in love with that spitfire colleen O'Hara. And that's pretty much it for plot. The rest is all broad (but well-timed) comedy, burnished bright scenery and some undeniable chemistry between Wayne and O'Hara. It's total tosh of course but it has a seductive whimsical charm that's hard to resist.
January 10, 2016
Always has been a beautifully done romantic comedy for me. Maureen O'Hara was a goddess in this role and John Wayne was equally entertaining. A very enjoyable flick.
½ December 28, 2015
John Ford nos entrega un divertidísimo retrato al mundo de los irlandeses en "The Quiet Man", la historia de un hombre (John Wayne) que busca paz y tranquilidad en su Irlanda de infancia, pero lo que encuentra es a una pelirroja de genio explosivo y personalidad dramática (Maureen O'Hara) y a su agresivo hermano (Victor McLaglen) quien busca cómo encender el espíritu de pelea del "apacible" hombre. Excelente dirección, maravillosa fotografía, diálogos hilarantes y unas actuaciones de primera hacen de "The Quiet Man" todo un clásico del cine.
December 25, 2015
I grew up watching this movie and I have never stopped loving it. I'm not a John Wayne fan, but I do adore this film. The landscape itself is beautiful, but the story is fun (and silly) and good for ALL ages.
½ September 7, 2015
They really do not make high quality rom-coms like this anymore.Just a finely crafted piece of of my favorites from the Duke.
August 18, 2015
El hombre tranquilo [1952]
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