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  • Actors: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLagen
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FMFZBC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,299 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic romantic drama starring John Wayne. Sean Thornton (Wayne) is an Irish-American boxer who refuses to fight again after a traumatic bout. But when love intervenes he is forced to return to the ring to win the heart and hand of local girl Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara) whose brother Red Danaher (Victor McLaglen) objects to the match.

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Blarney and bliss, mixed in equal proportions. John Wayne plays an American boxer who returns to the Emerald Isle, his native land. What he finds there is a fiery prospective spouse (Maureen O'Hara) and a country greener than any Ireland seen before or since--it's no surprise The Quiet Man won an Oscar for cinematography. It also won an Oscar for John Ford's direction, his fourth such award. The film was a deeply personal project for Ford (whose birth name was Sean Aloysius O'Fearna), and he lavished all of his affection for the Irish landscape and Irish people on this film. He also stages perhaps the greatest donnybrook in the history of movies, an epic fistfight between Wayne and the truculent Victor McLaglen--that's Ford's brother, Francis, as the elderly man on his deathbed who miraculously revives when he hears word of the dustup. Barry Fitzgerald, the original Irish elf, gets the movie's biggest laugh when he walks into the newlyweds' bedroom the morning after their wedding, and spots a broken bed. The look on his face says everything. The Quiet Man isn't the real Ireland, but as a delicious never-never land of Ford's imagination, it will do very nicely. --Robert Horton

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Smith on 17 May 2009
Format: DVD
There is little point in writing this review. If you are thinking of buying this film you are almost certainly a fan of the "Duke" and you probably know all about this film. If not, then just go and buy it. Undoubtedly my favourite film of all time. I could watch it over, and over again, endlessly.
There are so many parallels between this film and the great Westerns of John Wayne: same cast, same themes (tough guy wants quiet life but baddy won't let him) that you would be forgiven for thinking this film was just like the others. And there's the rub! If it were just formulaic John Wayne I would still love it. But it's not. It is so much more.

The scenery, the gentle Irish humour, the insight into quainter times is just enchanting. Everything I like about a John Wayne film is here but it is somehow better. The beautiful Maureen O'Hara is more attractive in this film than ever. The comedy is priceless. Victor McLaughlin is brilliant and there are equally brilliant performances littered throughout.
Then there is the music. Utterly fantastic, totally contrived diddle-de-diddle-dee-dee Irish folk type music but perfect and infectious. I love it, I love it, I love it! Go buy. It's impossible to regret owning this film.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 23 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
When one thinks of John Wayne they usually imagine Calvary, Indians and the Old West. But John, on occasion, did venture into other areas. In this instance, Ireland, and produced one of his most beloved films. It teams him with long time friends, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, Arthur Shields and Barry Fitzgerald (Shields & Fitzgerald were real life brothers), in a project that was near and dear to John Ford. If you think the old town patriarch resembles Ford, it's with reason - it was his father. Stocked with wonderful Irish character actors like David Farrar and Sean McClory, the ever delightful Jack MacGowan, Ken Curtis (Festus of TV's Gunsmoke as Dermot Fahy uncredited and singing! Former Sons of the Pioneers!!), Mildred Natwick as the Widow Tillane, along with Wayne's kids at the horse race scene.
Wayne is Sean Thornton, a quite peace loving man come home to Ireland. There is much speculation about the Yanks and why he has returned to the wee humble Irish village where his family was from. He was a fighter in the States named Trooper Thornton, but accidentally killed a man in the ring. Haunted by this he wants to go 'home' to his mother's Ireland and find peace. But his factious neighbours do not understand his reluctance to take on the town Bully Red Will Danaher in order to win the love of his wife O'Hara.
Often this movie is criticised as being the "Brigadoon" of Ireland, and that is so, but it's the Ireland of our hearts and imagination and obvious of Ford's heart and imagination. The dialogue is Witty, full of Irish quirkiness. Beautiful location work and the dynamite teaming of O'Hara and Wayne. With marvelous songs like Turalye Anne, Galway Bay, Isle of Innisfree and The Humour is On Me Now and more ( There is a soundtrack available on CD this movie as well).
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "andrewbayley123" on 6 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
The quiet man , (my eye) .
this film is a must for any film buff, it is a master piece of comedy, blarney, tragedy, & most of all just about the best film J.W.& M.O. ever made.
the 1 liners are timless,(he"ll regret it till his dying day ,
if ever he lives that long ) &(do yer see that road down there, well dont take that one, it"ll do you no gud at all ).
all in all an escalating film with a ending to die for.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2002
Format: DVD
This is my favourite film. I've had it on video for some time, and expected the DVD version to be much better.
The picture is sharper, and sometimes too sharp when the artificial backdrops really show up - but that's just part of the quality of the time (1952), and not realy an issue.
What is an issue is the obviously sausage machine way that the mastering has been done with occasional green ring marks on the film which, if more carefully monitored would have been removed.
The sound is not great, but acceptable.
The extras are almost non-existant. The US version has more - e.g. the making of ...
Overall the DVD has better picture, and sound than the video, but could have been so much better.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Liam Tighe on 10 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
The quiet man is sexist, racist, derogitory. It approves of public disorder. The use of violence to settle disputes, wife beating, gambling, excessive drinking and the ancient practice of dowry. It is simply BRILLIANT. Once one realises that this world as portrayed by John Ford and crew never really existed (or did it) then you can enjoy this lark of a movie, which Wayne should have been awarded his second Oscar for. ( He should have got his first for "The Searchers") Pure hokum in the worst possible taste sure and begorra it was wonderful to behold. Relax and don't take life so seriously, enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2012
Format: DVD
With both the Duke, and Maureen O'Hara as his intended love interest plus John Ford returning to the land of his ancestors and directing in Technicolour, this has many ingredients of a decent Western. Whilst this isn't my favourite film to be filmed in - and about Ireland - David Lean's 'Ryan's Daughter' is, The Quiet Man remains one of the most loved, across all generations.

With everything centred around the pub, the colourful characters and fights over women, this is has yet more Western ingredients. Winner of two Oscars (Ford as director and cinematography) plus two venerable and charismatic actors providing much of the irascible blarney - veteran Ford regular Victor McLaglen, though always playing Irish is actually from Kent, England and Barry Fitzgerald as the matchmaking tippler.

If you've holidayed in Ireland, as I have, then that's a nice bonus as it brings back memories and, in for instance, the horse racing scene on the beach, the vast empty sands are a far cry to my jam-packed nearby beaches on the south coast. The scenery in this isn't always sunny and glossy - it's often a bit glum, with rain - this isn't a picture postcard from the Emerald Isle, but a rich slice of Irish life.

John Wayne is measured and sedate as ex boxer Sean Thornton, who has some demons to conquer when he's continually goaded into a fight. Once he gets over them, the fisticuffs at the end are brilliantly - and amusingly staged and well worth waiting for. Maureen O'Hara is as radiant as ever and, dare I say it, the Duke actually looks comfortable as her suitor.

My DVD copy (part of a 3 DVD set, with Rooster Cogburn and Stagecoach) is rather poor quality with a magenta fringe at times and rather a soft definition. I can't say whether transfer's differ for different releases. This does spoil one's enjoyment a bit but the strength of the film easily shines through.
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