The Quiet ManDirector: John Ford
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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 Victor McLaglen, who coveted the property for himself. By and by, Wayne falls in love with McLaglen's beautiful, high-spirited sister Maureen O'Hara. Her insistence that Wayne conduct his courtship in a proper Irish manner-with puckish matchmaker Barry Fitzgerald along for the ride as "chaperone"--is but one obstacle to their future happiness: the other is McLaglen, who spitefully refuses to give his consent to his sister's marriage, or to honor the tradition of paying a dowry to Wayne. Wayne could care less about dowries, but the tradition-bound Maureen refuses to consummate her marriage until McLaglen pays up. Under any other circumstances, Wayne would have punched out the bullying McLaglen long ago, but ever since his tragedy in the ring he has been reluctant to fight. Local priest Ward Bond conspires with several locals to trick McLaglen into paying his due. They intimate that widow Natwick, for whom McLaglen carries a torch, will marry the old brute if he'll give his consent to the marriage and fork over the dowry. But McLaglen finds he's been tricked and the situation remains at a standoff, with the frustrated Wayne locked out of his wife's bedroom. When Maureen accuses him of being a coward and walks out on him, our hero can stand no more. He marches Maureen to McLaglen's home, indicating that he plans to whale the tar out of both brother and sister. As a huge and appreciative crowd gathers the cornered McLaglen truculently tosses the money in Wayne's direction. Big John hands the bills to Maureen, just as she knew he would, and she ceremoniously destroys the money, just as he knew je would. Having proven their love for each other, there is nothing left for Wayne and Maureen to do but head home and perform their nuptual duties. But first there's the matter of giving McLaglen the thrashing he deserves....and it is this spectacular donnybrook, which covers several acres of land and at least two "pit stops" so that the combatants can quench their thirst, which convinces Natwick that the defeated McLaglen is truly worthy of her love (her logic is on a par with everyone else's in the film!) Though it tends to perpetuate the myth that all true Irishmen live only to fight, drink and make love, The Quiet Man is grand and glorious fun, enacted with gusto by a largely Hibernian cast and directed with loving care by a master of his craft. Written by Frank Nugent and graced with a lilting musical score by Victor Young, the film won Oscars for Archie Stout's Technicolor photography and for John Ford's direction-a real coup for "poverty row" Republic Pictures. If you haven't already luxuriated in this wonderful film, be sure to catch in on the tube next St. Patrick's Day.
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Cast & Crew
|John Wayne||Sean Thornton|
|Maureen O'Hara||Mary Kate Danaher|
|Victor McLaglen||Red Will Danaher|
|Barry Fitzgerald||Michaeleen Flynn|
|Ward Bond||Fr. Peter Lonergan|
|Mildred Natwick||Mrs. Sarah Tillane|
|Francis Ford||Dan Tobin|
|Eileen Crowe||Mrs. Elizabeth Playfair|
|May Craig||Woman at Railroad Station|
|Arthur Shields||Rev. Cyril Playfair|
|James Lilburn||Father Paul|
|Joseph O'Dea||Guard Maloney|
|Eric Gorman||Engine Driver Costello|
|Webb Overlander||Station Master|
|Douglas Evans||Ring Physician|
|David Hilary Hughes||Constable|
|Tiny Jones||The Children|
|Hank Worden||Trainer in Flashback|
|Ken Curtis||Dermot Fahy|
|Mae Marsh||Father Paul's Mother|
|Sean McClory||Owen Glynn|
|Michael Wayne||Teenage Boy at Races|
|Sam Harris||General at Race|
|Harry Tyler||Pat Cohan the Publican|
|Patrick Wayne||Boy on fence at horse race|
|Merian C. Cooper||Producer|
|Frank Hotaling||Art Director|
|John McCarthy||Set Decoration/Design|
|Frank S. Nugent||Screenwriter|
|Adele Palmer||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Louis Clyde Stoumen||Cinematographer|
|Archie J. Stout||Cinematographer|
|Charles Thompson||Set Decoration/Design|
|Victor Young||Score Composer|
1. Opening [11:24]
2. "That Red Head of Hers Is No Lie" [8:02]
3. Friend to Everyone But One [9:37]
4. First Visitor [12:49]
5. Matchmaker, Matchmaker [7:34]
6. The Innistree Cup [9:12]
7. "Let the Courting Commence" [11:12]
8. The Humour Is On Me Now [11:22]
9. The Morning After [8:07]
10. Good Stretch of the Legs [2:54]
11. She Loves Him, So She Leaves Him [4:06]
12. Visit From the In-Laws [7:36]
13. Chapter 13 [2:21]
14. Chapter 14 [7:20]
15. Chapter 15 [15:33]
16. Chapter 16 [:11]
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A Tribute To Maureen O'Hara: with Hayley Mills, Juliet Mills, and Ally Sheedy
Don't You Remember It, Seanin? - A Visual Essay by Historian and John Ford Expert Tag Gallagher
Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures
The Old Man: Peter Bogdanovich Remembers John Ford
The Making Of The Quiet Man: Written and Hosted by Leonard Maltin
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A lot of people have complained about the poor quality of this movie on previous media (DVDs and/or VHS). After watching a poor version of this fun film on TCM HD, I know why they're complaining. However, folks at Olive Films created a fantastic re-mastered version on Blu-ray. Buy this version and see, what I believe, was Ford's vision of Ireland on film. All the scenes are crisp. All the gestures of town folks are clear and fun to watch, especially the hilarious ending. The audio. too, was very good. I could clearly hear the Gaelic conversation O'Hara has with Bond. BRAVO, Olive Films!
I just received and watched the restored DVD. This is my all-time favorite movie, and I was not disappointed. Excellent!
Love his Cowboy movies best. Hard to beat a good western, but this is one of his best, Enjoy!!!
Probably one of the best movies I have watched in a long time.
After waiting for over a year to buy this dvd and researching all the comments, went with the green banner Collector's Edition DVD 2002, that had Maureen O'Hara does a commentary.... although half way though, it did freeze on me the part ~the coin was toss into a cup~ but found out it work on another dvd player, so remember if it happens to you, try another.... 60++ old movie still was wonderful to watch, recommend this dvd only.... So happy I finally bought "The Quiet Man" and just love listening to Maureen O'Hara comments... Enjoyed the movie very much..... :)
Fun all the way around. The characters, the scenery, the story. One of my go-to movies. Definitely a feel-good, fun to watch option.
Loved the movie!
We watch it every St. Patrick's Day, great movie. Love it.
One of John Ford' s most beautiful and charming films.....Maureen O'Hara was never better. John Wayne considered this one of his top five films.
This is one of John Wayne's best films, and Maureen O'Hara is just delightful as usual. This movie is far funnier than it is given credit for, but it also has a very good story to it. The way that Ireland is captured here is just beautiful. I must see for those who love the Duke and Maureen O' Hara, not to mention the ever lovely Ireland.
Great classic ...scenic, entertaining, heartwarming ....start the fireplace, curl up on the couch, perhaps some hot chocolate with whip cream or a Guiness beer - you choose! Either way, it's movie making at it's best -simple, humerous and a "Hollwyood pairing" that rivals them all!
Ford's attachment to Ireland is exemplified by the beauty of Ireland demonstrated by the cinematography but it's the character development that makes this film my all time favorite --- and if there's a better love scene than the one at the cottage where John Wayne grabs Maureen O'Hara and pulls her back and the wind blows through her beautiful red hair, I've yet to see it!
I warned my teenage boys ahead of time that there would be no nudity, swearing, explosions, or car chases. They wanted to know if there would be any fighting. The answer is, with John Wayne, of course. One of the best and most entertaining fight scenes in the movies. They were sure they wouldn't like it but loved Barry Fitzgerald and the whole movie. Colorful portrayal of Ireland of 50 years ago. This is a great movie even if you are not of Irish background.
Good story, wonderful presentation and excellent actors/actresses. The scenery is awesome. I purchased this for my collection of great movies to enjoy often. The Turner Musicals are also great -- great entertainment for the whole family. Music scores will bring back good memories.
In our family no St. Patrick's Day passes without viewing the Quiet Man. It's as necessary as corn beef and cabbage. It's a truly warm and beautifully filmed movie that has something for both Irish and Irish want-to-bes.
EVERY Irish Person should Not Only SEE this movie ~ but OWN It! It's THAT Good!
True this is a dazzling Irish classic, spun with all the mystical, magical charms to be mustered among the rolling greens of Ireland's shores. But only a few wee leprechauns know it's inspiration. The heart of this movie was inspiraed by director John Ford's attraction & relationship to Katharine Hepburn. Being a catholic, and already married, he realized he'd missed the opportunity to marry his equal in everyway. So, he immortized their love in this movie. That alone, makes it worth a twice glance.
I love this movie! It is a classic for John Wayne (without the cowboy image)!
My mom loves John Wayne movies so I got introduced to the Duke early on. Of all his movies this is one of the best. I also liked Maureen O'Conner in this film. It was just great.
This is a classic and I never tire of watching it. John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are great. The Irish scenerary is wonderful, and it's fun to get a glimpse of some of the old ways. Barry Fitzgerald is wonderful in his role and provides plenty of humor. A great cast, a good story, beautiful scenery - it all leaves you feeling good. This is a true classic.
This movie never gets old and I can watch it over and over. It is funny, charming, romantic and you will fall in love with all the characters. Highly recommend it.