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The Quiet Man 1952

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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Genres Comedy
Director John Ford
Starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara
Supporting actors 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, Eric Gorman, Kevin Lawless, Paddy O'Donnell, Frank Baker, Tony Canzoneri
Studio paramount
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
All I can say is WOW! Eureka has given this timeless classic the best transfer ever! Gone are all the digital artifacts that plagued the US Olive release and the Spanish release. This is the best blu ray presentation of this wonderful film. Picture quality is so impressive, it looks like it was shot yesterday. A must have for your blu ray collection.
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For many years people have yearned for a restored print of this film.Well, this BLU-RAY disc certainly delivers that.The images have lovely colour and sharpness,and the sound is very clear.The scenes filmed on the soundstages are a little softer focus,but that is a minor criticism.THE QUIET MAN is two hours of excellent entertainment.Also,the Making of The Quiet Man documentary is very interesting,included on this disc.
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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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By A Customer 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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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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Format: DVD
I remembered watching this film on TV when I was younger and thought at the low price of under £4 it would be a steal.

The storyline itself is amusing, and it's nice to see Mr Wayne in something other than a stetson.

However the quality of the film transferred to dvd is very poor. It may be that the master tape they used was dodgy or inferior to the studios' master copy. This fact made me rate what is a rather amusing story a lowly 2 stars.

Perhaps there is a better quality version of this film available on dvd by another distributor.
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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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By David P TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of those films that used to come on TV quite frequently on a Sunday afternoon in my youth 40-50 years ago. Watching it now brings back happy memories of the smells of afternoon tea, Bovril or Marmite toast, biscuits and cake, a faint but strangely pleasant whiff of garden bonfire from my Mum's clothes, and delight at enjoying films like this together. Action, intrigue, comedy, wit, nostalgia, romance, fabulous evocative music, it's got it all in spades. It really is one of John Wayne's best films, it can be watched over and over and over again. A fine example of the cinema magic that can come about when so much talent comes together in one place at the right moment. The only problem with it is finding a decent quality version. Even when it last came up on TV, which was a good while ago now, it didn't look very good - blurry and strange washed out colours. The DVD I have is the same, very poor quality, although it does at least play unlike some other folks report. A real shame, because it is one of the greats. I wish someone would produce a fully restored version.
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