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The Quiet Man

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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...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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The last of four films for which John Ford would win Best Director, The Quiet Man is a charming romantic comedy from a man best known for his somber Westerns. Many consider it his best-loved film; it was certainly one of Ford's favorites, and he considered it some of his most personal work. The director had trouble funding the production, and the notoriously cheap Republic Pictures eventually financed the film. Even with a relatively small budget, however, Ford was able to shoot on location in Ireland and produce a fabulous-looking color film. John Wayne turns in an amiable performance, exhibiting a diversity often overlooked in considerations of the actor's work. The supporting cast, including Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen, and Barry Fitzgerald, is equally good. Quiet Man was the first high-profile film made in Ireland, and some viewers today may consider the portrayal of the Irish stereotypical. In addition to Ford's win, the cinematography by Winton Hoch and Archie J. Stout was recognized with an Academy Award.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • UPC: 887090048309
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Restored
  • Time: 2:09:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 349

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Charles Fitzsimmons Forbes
James Lilburn Father Paul
Joseph O'Dea Guard Maloney
Eric Gorman Engine Driver Costello
Webb Overlander Station Master
Frank Baker
Douglas Evans Ring Physician
David Hilary Hughes Constable
Tiny Jones The Children
Al Murphy Referee
Bob Perry
Jack Roper Boxer
Hank Worden Trainer in Flashback
Ken Curtis Dermot Fahy
Jack MacGowran Feeney
Mae Marsh Father Paul's Mother
Sean McClory Owen Glynn
Pat O'Malley Man
Michael Wayne Teenage Boy at Races
Harry Tenbrook Policeman
Major Sam Harris General at Race
Harry Tyler Pat Cohan the Publican
Patrick Wayne Boy on fence at horse race
Technical Credits
John Ford Director, Producer
Dr. Arthur Colahan Songwriter
Merian C. Cooper Producer
Michael Donovan Songwriter
Richard Farrelly Songwriter
Richie Hayward Songwriter
Winton Hoch Cinematographer
Frank Hotaling Art Director
Michael Killanin Producer
Richard Llewellyn Screenwriter
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Moore Songwriter
Jack Murray Editor
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
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Quiet Man
1. Opening [:00]
2. Mary Kate [11:33]
3. Friend To Everyone, But One [8:02]
4. First Visitor [9:37]
5. Matchmaker, Matchmaker [12:48]
6. Race For Bonnets [7:35]
7. The Courting [9:12]
8. Happily Ever After? [11:11]
9. The Morning After [11:22]
10. On The Town [8:07]
11. She Loves Him, She Leaves Him [16:58]
12. Visit From The In-Laws [7:20]
13. Chapter 13 [15:45]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Quiet Man
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   Chapters
   The Making Of The Quiet Man
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Of Ford's Best In One Of Artisan's Worst Looking Transfers!

    ¿The Quiet Man' is a tender story of a returning native to his Welsh village. It stars John Wayne as Sean `Trooper¿ Thornton, an American boxing sensation come home to the Emerald Isle. Sean¿s eagerness to assimilate is somewhat put on hold when he falls for the rapturous and fiery Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O¿Hara). Like ¿How Green Was My Valley¿, ¿The Quiet Man¿ was a deeply personal film for its director, John Ford. Though a curmudgeon by all accounts on the surface, there¿s no mistaking Ford¿s tender hand and aptness for the blarney stone in this sumptuous Technicolor classic. As the town matchmaker, Michaleen Flynn, Barry Fitzgerald gets the outstanding laugh of the picture when he walks in on Mary and Sean the night after their wedding to discover that they¿ve broken the bed. His look says it all. Aside: I first saw this movie on late night television, some fifteen years ago. It looked then as though it had been fed through a meat grinder. I next had the opportunity to view, what was then billed as a restored version during the early 1990's at a special screening. While there was a marked improvement in the quality of the print shown over my previous television experience, there remained in evidence the fact that much more work was still required to get this movie looking right. So when Artisan Home Entertainment announced a completely remastered collector's edition, my heart leapt. I was, after all, expecting a print that would really knock my socks off. What I got instead was a DVD that looks more like my memory of the original television broadcast. 'The Quiet Man' looks awful. There's no polite way to critique the excessively soft, blurry and dull image quality. Colors are poorly balanced with inconsistent flesh tones. Black and contrast levels are so poorly realized that I can't deduce whether the staff at Artisan actually did some restoration work or are just trying to bluff the consumer into repurchasing this film on DVD. Regardless, this is the worst looking DVD experience I've had in a long while. The audio is mono, strident and wholly unsatisfying. Edge enhancement, pixelization, aliasing and shimmering of fine details are obtrusive and an eye-sore to behold. I'll be honest. After sitting through such a dismal visual experience I was so disheartened that I didn't even get to the extra features. Artisan advertises a documentary and audio commentary as part of the deal. Let's just leave it at that. Although, they did also advertise this DVD as digitally remastered too¿hmmm?!?

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    I just received and watched the restored DVD. This is my all-tim

    I just received and watched the restored DVD. This is my all-time favorite movie, and I was not disappointed. Excellent!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    Highly Recommended for anyone who loves John Wayne

    Love his Cowboy movies best. Hard to beat a good western, but this is one of his best, Enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Love It

    Probably one of the best movies I have watched in a long time.

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  • Posted May 24, 2014

    After waiting for over a year to buy this dvd and researching al

    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..... :)

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    Great movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Loved the movie!

    Loved the movie!

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    A lot of people have complained about the poor quality of this m

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    We watch it every St. Patrick's Day, great movie. Love it.

    We watch it every St. Patrick's Day, great movie.

    Love it.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

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    One of John Ford' s most beautiful and charming films.....Mauree

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Entire Family Loved this Movie

    My husband and I sat our kids (14 - boy, 12 - girl, 10 - boy, 5 -girl) down to watch this classic. This it a hugely entertaining story about a man (John Wayne) who returns to his Irish roots, but doesn't understand the customs - which hampers his relationship with lovely girl (Maureen O'Hara) whom he'd like to marry. It has some funny scenes showing differences in cultures, as well as some tender and heart warming moments. Some of the "Irish brouge" was a little hard to understand at first, but you get used to it. My kids all loved the show and my 14 year old son even said, "I'm glad we watched that movie."

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite

    I love this movie! It is a classic for John Wayne (without the cowboy image)!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A classic movie

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Quiet Man

    Very Irish

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    "The Quiet Man", indeed

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    You'll Love Barry Fitzgerald

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Perennial favorite

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    "The Quiet Man"

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Classic Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

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