The Quiet Man 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.
A simply wonderful film
The Quiet Man What’s not to like about this picture? A classic directed by the legendary John Ford. John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara light up the screen. Wayne’s performance is brilliant, but what really stands out is that he is playing a regular guy with real feelings and emotions–no army uniforms, no indians to fight, no cavalry coming to the rescue–just a great performance. The supporting cast is unmatched–including great performances by Victor McLaglen, Barry Fitzgerald and Ward Bond. Look closely for Ken Curtis (Festus, from Gunsmoke) in an uncredited role. The scenery is absolutly breathtaking–it makes me want to go home to Ireland–and I’m not even Irish. To top it off The Quiet Man has the greatest fist fight ever captured on film. This is one of my two favorite John Wayne movies. The Duke should have gotten an Oscar for this one. Movie viewers won’t be disapointed by this one.
I can’t say I’ve ever seen a film of such beauty as The Quiet Man. It is whimsical from start to finish, literally never hitting a sour note. Presenting the Irish culture from the point of view of an Irish descendant reclaiming his heritage, this film was an obvious labor of love from director John Ford. It even pokes fun at wife-beating and the IRA with complete good taste. I can’t give enough praise to this movie, but out of all the great films from the brilliant John Ford, it’s definitely my favorite.
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