The Quiet Man (1952)

 


 

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The Quiet Man (1952)
   
Release Date: 14 September 1952 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: John Ford
Cast:
  • John Wayne
  • Maureen O'Hara
  • Barry Fitzgerald
  • Ward Bond
  • Victor McLaglen
  • Mildred Natwick
  • Francis Ford
  • Eileen Crowe
  • May Craig
  • Arthur Shields
  • Charles B. Fitzsimons
  • James O'Hara
  • Sean McClory
  • Jack MacGowran
  • Joseph O'Dea


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33 Responses to The Quiet Man (1952)

  1. Brennan-8
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    I’d been looking forward to seeing this classic film as it’s known to be heart-warming and funny. But it really turned me off to see the lovely Maureen O’Hara’s character (literally) dragged and pushed around by John Wayne’s Thornton character. I know one has to make allowances for "unevolved attitudes" in films made long ago, but the coarseness of her treatment was really objectionable. It spoiled the film for me.

    An gabh thu tuilleadh?

  2. sportsfanatic-1
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    for five miles. I know it was a different time back then, and a wife was a man’s property and he basically could beat her and do anything he wanted, but it was still very difficult to watch for me.

  3. DeadlyAvenger85
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    Anyone?

  4. tmaj48
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    Not being Irish myself, I have to wonder: If you’re Irish, do you enjoy

    watching this film? Or do you dislike it and feel that’s it’s a bundle of cutesy stereotypes? Or do you think that, and enjoy it anyway?

    I’m not crying, you fool, I’m laughing!

  5. partnerfrance
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    Tne film, as lovely as it is, presents a pretty idealised vision of rural Ireland of the times, with the Protestant vicar and the Catholic priest being good friends.

    But is the important plot development scene where each of Sean and Mary Kate pay visits (unbeknownst to each other) to the vicar and the priest to discuss their marital problems supposed to imply that he is Protestant and she Catholic? That would be a pretty bold statement to make but it does seem to be implied (and note that when we first see the couple married, it is at the reception after any actual wedding ceremony takes place).

    What say you al?

  6. Dawn_Pasolini
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    Jeez all of them look horrible. I saw it once on TV and once on DVD, there’s something wrong with the color, it seems very unnatural and the image in both cases was really bad.

    This movie is supposed to be a really beautiful color movie, and won the Oscar for cinematography. Unless there is a proper restoration, we may never see the film to its full advantage. So is a restoration happening? Anyone know?

    Its really shocking that such a famous classic film still looks so horrible.

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  7. jofus224
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    "The Quiet Man" is my favorite movie.

    While I do watch it several times throughout the year, I always make an effort to watch it on St. Patty’s Day. Preferably with a plate of corned beef and cabbage and some Sam Adam’s Irish Red in front of me.

    Tonight will mark my 12th year in a row. Anyone have me beat?

    "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."

  8. joeparkson
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    You have the beautiful Maureen O’Hara tending sheep, and what are the men of Inishfree doing?

    Are they wooing her? No!

    Are they working? No!

    All the men seem to be in Cohan’s, drinking!

    The only other activity that rouses the men from their drinking is a good fight.

  9. pankoeken
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    This is one of my favorite John Wayne movies. I love westerns and he made some great ones, but this movie is still near and dear to even a cynic like me.

    I always considered it a romantic comedy, but was curious if other people thought it belonged in that genre. If not what would you say it was? Other than a damn good movie.

  10. cattard-1
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    I admire John Ford’s work, and have always wanted to add this film to my collection.

    Unfortunately according to most customer reviews it seems as if all DVD issues of this film are of very poor quality. Does anyone know if there is a good release of this film (probably French or otherwise)?

    Maybe it’s time a petition is made for a restoration of this film.

    Thanks a lot.

    .

  11. shulma2002
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    In the film, it is revealed that Sean lived in Pittsburgh, Massachusetts. I never heard of this town. Is it fictional or real? Did he mean Pennsylvania?

  12. shulma2002
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    I was wondering if Sean ever told Mary Kate about his tragic boxing career in America? It seemed that he only revealed this to 1 person in the film. Why was he afraid to tell Mary Kate?

  13. Dominator_Zebo
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    This is my favourite Movie and by Far the Best Movie ever Made….

  14. realist_state2
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    Something I never understood was why the ladies put their bonnets at the finish line of the horse race. At first I thought it was for whoever came in first, had his choice of who would present the cup. But that would not explain why other riders took other bonnets and Mary Kate’s was left "blowing in the breeze".

    Anyone got an answer?

  15. MurderFaceMesa
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    I have always enjoyed this movie, one of my classic favorites. So every now and than I will bring one of my personal favorites for movie night. This was one of those times I wasted on them, trying to get someone to watch something that isnt the genre of CRANK 1&2 is like pulling teeth. Great movie, but hard to sell to mindless morons.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xETgGym8cnE

  16. Anonymous
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  17. Boab-The-Fly
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    he takes two puffs and gets het up and chucks it/flicks it in annoyance or passion. LOL.

    I love The Quiet Man- I’ve seen it so many times growing up and just last night I was watching it again with my wife- my wife is European and couldn’t understand most of the Irishness and values and the traditions of it’s time but enjoyed the fiery relationship and some less subtle humour.

    I see a lot of people get het up about the dragging Mary Kate bit and the kick up the arse but my wife actually found that funny even though I said not all Irish men of that generation were like that.

    Anyway John Wayne is great and it always amuses me he lights a fag, only to chuck it in a moment of anger or passion..he wastes so many, lol.

    Love TQM . One of the best fillums ever like.

    While the chief puts sunshine on Leith I’ll thank him for his work & your birth & my birth

  18. mhansen2
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    When Sean and Mary Kate begin courting, following local custom, they climb aboard a cart driven by Michaleen, each on their own side, facing outboard. At the end of the film, Danaher and the widow Tillane are courting and yet, they are sitting together on the same side of the cart. Why the difference?

  19. Anonymous
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  20. romanza521
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    What is the significance of the women putting up their bonnets for the horse race? Why was Mary Kate so reluctant to do it?

  21. Ironclad_Iconoclast
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    When Sean moves to Ireland, one of his old friends shows him a tavern, and says (paraphrased), "here, we say Cohan". For the longest time, I thought this was some implied reference to Irish Jews, but not sure…

  22. HighClassHaddock
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    If you go to the locations in TQM, are any of the local extras still alive and living there?

  23. somecallme_steph
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    Does anyone know where I can find a clip of Michaleen sculling all that Guinness? I can’t find it anywhere.

  24. Anonymous
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  25. shulma2002
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    Last night, the moderator stated that "The Quiet Man" was the only film EVER to get nominated for best film for the Oscar. Could this be true? Republic made some fine films.

  26. Beanie_Boy
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    I heard that of all the cast members in "The Quiet Man", three were actual boxers: John Wayne, Victor McLaglen and Barry Fitzgerald. Does anyone know if these three, along with any other cast members, were actual fighters?

  27. markgovern
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    RITUALS, MYTHS, and representations of gender in John Ford’s epic The Quiet Man are examined in a new book on the film published this week by two NUI Galway academics.

    The book, which was issued yesterday at the American Conference for Irish Studies in Galway, is a “critical analysis” from a “number of different perspectives”, according to joint editor Seán Crosson.

    Luke Gibbons, John Hill, Ruth Barton, Adrian Frazier and Seán Ryder are among scholars of film and of Irish studies who have contributed to the work.

    The book, which is published by Liffey Press, was edited by Mr Crosson and Rod Stoneman of NUI Galway’s Huston school of film and digital media.

    The film’s complex relationship with Ireland, its context in Irish literature and its relationship with other films made by director John Ford are examined in the book.

    Its “cult film” status since its release in 1952, its perceived place within indigenous Irish cinema and representations of women, are also examined, according to Mr Crosson.

    The editors say that aspects of The Quiet Man “as myth, commodity and fetish and the celebration of a film that has sustained considerable academic attention and popular appreciation since its release” are analysed

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0612/1224248687971.html

  28. sauronthegr8
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    I’m not dissing people who liked this, but I didn’t see the appeal of it. I really couldn’t understand what the characters’ motivations were about or what the movie was overall going for.

    I almost started to like it towards the end, but the fight was pretty lame, cuz John Wayne didn’t even have to try… and then they end up reconciling? What’s up with that?

    I’ll admit I’m not a big John Wayne fan. If you liked it, I’d like to know why. Maybe there’s something I’m not seeing.

    " . . . and we shall have a magnificent garden party, and you are not invited."

    —- Jack Sparrow

  29. twm-2
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    I’ll start off by noting 3 (out of many). This movie contains THREE, count them, THREE great kissing scenes–the first when Sean comes home to his newly acquired cottage to find someone has been there. He soon let’s out a loud "Whoop!" scaring Mary Kate, who starts to run, and then is frightened even further by running headlong into her reflection. As she attempts to run out the door, Sean grabs her by one hand, and with the wind blowing all round them, Sean pulls her to him and kisses her. She momentarily melts, but then hauls off and tries to slug him (this scene was featured in "E.T."). Then there is the scene in the graveyard after escaping Michaeleen Flynn, and it begins to rain. The kiss (two actually) that ensues was really racy for its time, but it still packs a wallop, and is one of the most sensual, passionate kisses yet filmed. Then there is the scene where Sean is angry about MK’s insistance upon getting her dowery. She runs into the bedroom and slams the door. Sean disgustedly lights up a cigarette, and then hears MK bolt the door. This is the last straw! He gets up, throws his cigarette aside, and kicks open the door. She moves away from him and turns her back, but Sean spins her around and pulls her to him. "There’ll be no locked doors between us Mary Kate, except those in your mercenary little heart!" He then kisses her–no gentle kiss here–and when he pulls away, you can see a "string of slobber" between them. Stunned, she is picked up, Sean throws her on the bed (which collapses, setting up a hilarious scene later when Flynn pays them a visit), and then stomps out while she begins to cry.

    Other movies have had a great kissing scene within them, but this is the only movie I’ve seen that has THREE. Cheerio!

    "THE SPOTS!!!"

  30. MrPie7
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    IMDb for not having photos of 2 Oscar winners. Victor McLaglen: Best actor for "The Informer" and Barry Fitzgerald: best supporting actor for "Going My Way".

  31. Anonymous
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  33. shulma2002
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    This 2 hour film held my interest after all these years. I haven’t seen it since 1952. My only criticism is that it depicts Irishmen as drinkers and aggressive. So many scenes were shown in a pub. I know that the Irish pubs are really like social halls but so many were shown as being drunk. This furthers the stereotype of Irish as heavy drinkers. Otherwise, the film was great. Maureen O’Hara was perfect for the role. The photography by Winton Hoch was awesome. Ireland looked lovely and the green of the countryside was evident in the technicolor process.

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