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The Quiet Man
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A disgraced American boxer retires to Ireland, where he finds love.
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Did I mention Drunk?
Yet it all looks so gay and joyous. In this film John Wayne plays an American, born in a small village in Ireland, that is returning to his birthplace. Upon arrival he sees and instantly falls for a stunningly red-headed Maureen O'Hara. Only her brother despises Wayne and won't allow her to be courted.
This is a movie about the customs and traditions of times gone past. It is also about ugly Americans and how we think that everything should function "our way". That is where the drama, and much of the humor, is found in this film.
For a John Ford directed film, I found this to be a…
Listed among Films Nominated for Best Picture
This film was supposedly going to be John Ford's swan song. It wasn't, of course, but it has all the hallmarks of a director making a career-concluding highly personal film. Ford, of course, was born into an Irish immigrant family and given the birth name John Martin "Jack" Feeney. It had long been a dream of his to do a film in Ireland. In fact, he bought the rights to the short story that inspired this film, Maurice Walsh's "The Green Rushes," back in 1933, but war in Europe made it impossible to get backing or the opportunity to shoot on location.
It was only after the successful release of "Rio Grande" for…
Lush technicolor vistas and deeply warm sentiment, tempered by sly humor and taut sexual tension - and I'm left swooning, laughing, and heated up, all at once. In a word, irresistible.
(Note for the record: This is the film that has made me finally fall for John Wayne. I get it now.)
Don't know what's mistier in this film: the Irish hills or Ford's eyes, yet even this double scoop of sentiment has a careful study of community that almost lends reality to what would otherwise be the Irish equivalent of Brigadoon. Ford may be in love with Eire, but he also tempers that with the realities that pierced the subjectivity of his own visits. The communal spectatorship of individual life feels as suffocating as quaint, as does the manner in which men drink and scuffle to create and maintain bonds. More importantly, though, Maureen O'Hara's hair is why Technicolor had to be invented.
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
A strange outing for John Ford if you ask me.
I've grown to admire Ford over the past couple of years. Along with his films being gorgeously shot (and this is certainly no exception), they all manage to tell great stories of characters facing conflicts they might not be ready for. Whether its the tragic The Informer, the sprawling drama The Grapes of Wrath, the exciting Stagecoach, or even the family epic drama How Green Was My Valley, his films are substantially rich.
Which is quite strange when you come to The Quiet Man, a hailed classic, and it's rather simply passable entertainment and that's it. The film is very funny, mainly due to…
Now what else would I be watching on St. Patrick's Day?
It has all the stereotypes imaginable, but it's amazingly done.
I saw this one at the Orpheum in Los Angeles during a screening right after it was restored to it's present condition and it was an amazing way to experience it.
It's sexist, racist and rude... nonetheless a great flick.
Never really think I'd see John Wayne in a good performance outside the role of cowboy.
Feels lightweight for a Ford film, but that's merely an observation, not a criticism. The Quiet Man is an vaguely interesting take on a clash of cultures and ideals, but more valuable for its sumptuous locations (in radiant Technicolor) and wonderful cast. It's nice to see Wayne reveal a bit of his sensitive side, but the striking Maureen O'Hara steals the show. Her performance is anything but subtle, but it's a joy to watch. This film does have some sexist bits in it, which bothered me, and one could say it's the era, but John Ford is usually better about tempering that sort of old Hollywood misogyny in his work.
It's always refreshing to see John Wayne in something other than a cowboy outfit or military uniform.
"It's just a mirage, brought on by your terrible thirst."
It is a cartoon. Maureen O'Hara is the first redhead I fell in love with.
John Ford's passion project. John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara have great chemistry. The climactic fight is one of the best scenes in cinema history.
A Jolly good-old time was had by all.
Gorgeously shot, brilliantly acted, and well told, this is among John Ford's best non-westerns. I'm glad that I finally got to see it.
"The Quiet Man" turns out to be a much lighter film than I had ever expected. It seems that anytime you put John Wayne with John Ford, you have gold, but Maureen O'Hara certainly holds her own in the film. The rest of the cast is brilliant and it's hard not to love this film, however there is a level of physicality between Wayne and O'Hara's characters that is a bit distracting to say the least. Then again, one of the themes of this movie is presently boldly when Wayne's Thornton is scolded about Americans always thinking that things should be done the way that we are accustomed to in this country. Still, it's easy to see why this is considered a classic film.
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