The Quiet Man 1952

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A tired American ex-boxer returns to his native hamlet in Ireland to win the hand of a spirited young woman. He is confronted by strict local customs and the woman's belligerent brother. Set in the verdant Irish countryside, this lively film has beautiful scenery, brilliant repartee, and local charm.

Starring:
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara
Runtime:
2 hours 9 minutes

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The Quiet Man

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director John Ford
Starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara
Supporting actors Victor McLaglen, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond
Studio paramount
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 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 "andrewbayley123" on 6 Sep 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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27 of 29 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Norman Shaw on 28 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
THis is the 3rd DVD of the Quiet Man I have bought and they are all faulty. I have returned 2 and will be returning the third shortly.
The DVD run for about halfway then cut out and on restart jump all over the scenes.
I have checked my player and it works perfectly with other DVDs.
Can you please get the makers to do a test run on a new DVD and let me have it to stop this annoyance.
The reason I want this is because I saw the original in 1955 and went to Ashford Castle, which is shown throughout the film,for our honeymoon in 1955. My wife passed away in 2003 and the film means a great deal to me.
Have you it in Video?
Thanking you in anticipation.
Norman Shaw
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38 of 42 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 23 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
A mysterious yank (The Quiet Man) arrives on the train and asks for directions to Innisfree. This quiet man turns out to be returning to his home after a hard life in America. There he purchases his old home to the shegrim of the neighbor Red Will Danaher (Victor McLagen), who covets the house himself. We learn a few Irish no-nos; such as you do not play patty fingers with the holy water. I will not go through the whole story as it is fun to watch it unfold. However there is a good example of horse sense as the horse knows to stop at the pub for Michaeleen Oge Flynn (Barry Fitzgerald) whom has a very dry throat.
The scenery gives the story a run for its money.
Note the stars are always for content as different media is mixed in the reviews.
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