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the quiet man
- kevin sellers
Hard to know which of two things Ford's camera loves more; the beauty of Ireland or the beauty of Maureen O'Hara. I guess, to Ford, they're the same. This film is such a combination of wonderful stuff and "udder crap," (to quote reviewer Thomas Billich, below.) There are the passionate, yet strangely mournful, love scenes between John Wayne and O'Hara. And O'Hara's never been better than as Mary Kate Danneher, a woman with a fascinating combination of sensuality, venality, temper, and laughter. She definitely should have gotten an Oscar nomination. It's also nice to see Victor McLaglen playing an actual character, instead of providing unfunny comic relief, as he does in Ford's Westerns. (That role has been assigned, in this film, to Barry Fitzgerald.) And there is the poetic cinematography of Winton Hoch. Pulling against these positives are too many travelogue shots and too much Irish schtick that make you think you're in Emerald Isle Land at Disney World. However, as usual with Ford, the good tends to outweigh the bad. So let's give it an A minus. P.S. Wayne's quite good in the uncharacteristically introspective title role. Personally, I missed the more verbose, sardonic, flamboyant and darker Duke of the great Westerns, but I'm in a distinct minority.
- THOMAS BILLICH
by far the worst wayne ford movie ever udder crap!
The Quiet Man
- Eileen Burns
My favorite movie of all time!!! So Glad TCM is finally showing it! I had the privilege to watched it on a 50ft screen and it was amazing. One of the kisses between Sean and Mary Kate, there was a string of moisture as their lips parted! It was so passionate and I realized this is one of the reasons why John Ford won an Oscar for best director! Everything about this movie is perfection!
One word: Delightful!
If I had to sum up this movie in one word, it would be: Delightful. I find myself smiling the whole time that I watch it. Just a treat to watch all the characters, including all the authentic Irish folks who contribute so much to this wonderful film. I'm not Irish, but it makes me want to go to Ireland so much. One of my favorite scenes is when the preacher is trying to reel in a fish that he's hooked, and lovely Maureen is yelling instructions at him - hilarious! Great movie.
The Quiet Man
- Annie G
ONE OF THE VERY BEST FILMS OF ALL TIME
I have watched this movie many times and I am always drawn to the beautiful countryside of Ireland. Originally, I found it difficult to concentrate on the screenplay due to the that beautiful country.But, after viewing the film the second time, I truly appreciate what a great piece of film making it is. I have always loved the chemistry between Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne, and they do not disappoint. Don't miss this romantic, funny, and beautiful ending to this movie.
Excellent Film - Breathtaking in Every Way
A simply beautiful film - from the breathtaking cinematography, to the superb acting; and it's story telling at its finest. The Quiet Man is a quiet film that unfolds like the film's gently green rolling hills. One of my favorites - Mr. Wayne & Ms. O'Hara are at their best.
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Please -- why not today?
Without The Quiet Man today, the day will be incomplete, the ballads less fun, the beer warm and eyes drier. We miss it!
the quiet man
I could watch it over and over and have!!!
Doesn't get much better than this one!
It's St. Patrick's Day and we've just eaten our corned beef, cabbage and Colcannon and we are watching this film for the umpteenth time. This film is the biggest delight! It focuses on the days when men were men, guns were used only for hunting and fists were used for fighting. In fact, it has the best fist fight in all of cinema! While I have always felt Wayne's best performance was in "Stagecoach," he is extraordinary in this film. Maureen O'Hara is gorgeous, as always. The character actors are hilarious and wonder-filled at the same time! I love this film, always have. I've been to Ireland several times and, if you go into the country towns, it is still exactly like this there, even down to the thatched roof housing. It is a gorgeous country and has the loveliest and friendliest people who are always welcoming to you. If you have never seen this film, please sit down, turn it on and you have the treat of a lifetime!
The Way a Movie is Supposed to be
The Quiet Man has it all. John Ford direction at its best, a terrific story, good acting, good music, authentic Irish scenery. Not to mention Hollywood legends like John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond and Barry Fitzgerald. What more could you ask for in a sentimental journey back to Mother Ireland?
The Quiet Man
Almost good enough to make you like the Irish. And if enny a ya care to differ, then put up yer dukes!
The Quiet Man
- Woody Woodrum
One of my all-time favorites, and a staple feature of the annual Millne-Woodrum Pub Crawl here in Huntington, W.Va., now going on for over 30 years. John Wayne as the Irish-American fighter Sean Thornton, come home to Innisfree and falls for the lovely Maureen O'Hara (Mary Kate Danaher), but standing in the way of their happiness is her bully of a brother, played with gusto by Victor McLaglen, as Squire "Red" Will Danaher. The fight across the county is worth the picture, with great back-up by stars like Barry Fitzgerald (as Michalen Oge Flynn, so much like one of my deceased older mentor and friend at Marshall University, who also joined us over the years to hoist a pint or three on the 17th, or any other time!), Ward Bond (Father Lonergan), Mildred Natwick (widow Tillane), Francis Ford (Dan Tobin), Arthur Shields (Rev. Playfair) and so many others.Director John Ford films a love song to his native Ireland with a film mixing love, loss and life, and should be required viewing on St. Patrick's Day worldwide.
A picture which truly shows the Irish spirit and the Irish way. Just love the chemistry John W and Maureen O have in this delightful movie. A good St. Patrick's day movie. Hasn't been show for quite sometime on TCM.....hope it will be on soon.
The Quiet Man
- Dashiell B.
Ford's most personel film is one of his greatest, exploring his Irish roots. An American boxer, after accidentally killing a man in the ring, comes to Ireland & falls for a firey woman. O'Hara is great, Wayne deserved an Oscar nomination & McLaglen was nominated as O'Hara's bullying brother who refuses to pay their dowry. Ford won his forth & final Academy Award for his direction & the film was honoured for it's cinematography, capturing the lushious hills and ending with a memorable brawl. A magnificent film from one of cinema's best director's. I give it a 5/5.
My Favorite of all time
- Lawrence Nelson
I was born in 1948. In 1952 my mother went to see " The Quiet Man " at the theater and when it was first on TV she forced me to watch it. I didn't want to because I liked at the time only sci-fi & westerns. I was only 10 at the time. Because of this movie I became an avid movie fan of all genres. It change my perspective about movies. Today I estimate I have watched over 10,000 and have collected over 1,000. In all the movies I have watched The Quiet Man is still My favorite. This movie is still not reproduced in Blu-ray and that is a crime. I have read many reviews on this movie by many different sources and the general feeling by most reviews is this is one of greatest films ever made. I don't know who has the rights to this but they should read some of these reviews to realize how passionate people are about this film. Even if you charge $100.00 many people would buy it.
A ST Patrick's day tradition
A lot of John Wayne's films were only fair but this isn't one of them. This is a great movie on its own merits and one of the best films of the Irish experience even if a bit romanticized. It's great fun. This is definitely on a par with The Searchers which gets a lot more air time. I am surprised that this film is not shown regularly on March 17. The film was based on a short story which appeared in an American magazine and was sillfully adapted for the screen. Most readers will know the great cast from top to bottom. Real pros. Truly a shame that we cannot enjoy this great film on or about March 17. I say all of this and I'm not even Irish. By the way the story it was based on is available on the internet. Since we can't have the film you can at least read the story.
where art thou?
The best coupling of one of cinema's best on-screen couples. When is TCM going to show this film again??? Please??
another top 10
This is not only my favorite John Wayne movie, but one of my all time top 10's. The acting is some of the best put on the silver screen. The Irish stereotype is blatant but makes me wish I was there as one of them. This movie should have swept the awards across the board. I always felt that someone, somewhere in the industry just had it in for John Wayne. All the many great and excellent movies he made...and True Grit his only one he won an award for. The plot...the antics...the Irish mannerisms...the climax when the fight finally comes to be...and the end...is very magical...light hearted...with a true love you see between Wayne and O'Hara's characters...I absolutely love this movie...and will to the day I die....
A Wonderful Quiet man!
This is my all time favorite John Wayne movie!!I simply love the beauty of it.The gorgeous local is breathtaking.The cast awesome!!If you have'nt seen the remarkable movie, you've lost out on a viewing wonder. From the time it's set in to the wonderful Irish accents will make you want to see it again and again.I know it did for me!!!!
The Quiet Man
- s schallert
The best movie ever! John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are always great together but there is a spark between them in this film that is magical. The scenery and beauty of Ireland is perfectly captured by Ford. Romance, comedy and the best fight scene ever all come together to make one of the most enjoyable films you will ever see.
the quiet man
john wayne at his best and with one of the prettiest and best leading ladies he ever worked with
Quiet Man Redux?
The making of Quiet Man is the background for the latest book by acclaimed Irish author Roddy Doyle. Roddy's character is providing background to Ford, accompanied by script girl and Borzage the accordianist...a literary masterpiece by a great artist to go with Ford's earlier masterpiece. Roger
Best Movie Ever
- Mike Jones
This is the best ever!
I love this movie
I loved that movie
My Fav - The Quiet Man
My Irish Mum named me after Ms.O'Hara - I couldn't be more proud. Whenever I watch it, I feel like I'm "home", although I've never been to Ireland. Is there any way to send her a letter or email?
Always a favorite.
I have enjoyed the Quiet Man since I was old enough to realize who John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara were....and that's about 40+years! I love the characters that are protrayed by wonderful actors and actoresses no longer with us and who cannont ever be replaced. That kind of talent no longer exists with today's actors. and Director, John Ford had all of them on his payroll! I can recite ever word of dialog and tell you what scene is what, just by hearing the music. It is truly a favorite and if you enjoy colorful characters...you will, too.
I watch it at least once around St. Patty's day. It really puts me in a great mood.
- Patricia Brow
This has long been one of my all time favorite movies. The charming way of the Irish is certainly brought forth by the use of the local villagers, and the beauty and peace of the countryside is brought to life in the wonderful cinematography. And, the narrative of Father Lonergan is very telling, complete with an Irish accent. One of my favorite scenes is when Mary Kate goes to Father Lonergan to talk about the problems she and Sean are having and she wants to tell him "in the Irish" and she proceeds to tell him in the language of old Ireland. Without a translator, just by virtue of her hand gestures and facial expressions you know exactly what she is saying! For those big fans of this movie, I highly recommend that you watch the special features of the dvd with interviews by Maureen O'Hara. You might even watch the movie a second time, with the commentary of Maureen O'Hara superimposed over the movie -- lots of info and trivia. For instance, that the children of John Wayne are in the scene during the race with Mary Kate, where they are sitting in the wagon and they ask her if she is putting out her bonnet.
This I think is one of Wayne's and O'Hara's greatest films together. The chemistry comes through and the scenery is beautiful. I think the rest of the roles were cast wonderfully also. It's just a great all around movie I could watch over and over.
- Bob Hendrick
Production, acting, directing, cinematography, screenplay; all just about perfect. What more could you ask for? One of the Duke's best performances; and Maureen O'Hara? I have loved this ageless beauty since 1939 in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Conversely, the first one I think of in this film is Barry Fitzgerald. What a performance; and what lines! Though my favorite line comes from Victor McLaglen when he says: "He'll regret it til' his dying day; if ever he lives that long."This movie is filled with these fractured, charming lines of dialogue.This movie is truly one of a kind.
- Sandra Norris
If the highest rating was 20, mine would be all 20's. "The Quiet Man" is my favorite movie of all time, just as John Wayne has been my favorite actor of all time. I cannot count the times I have watched this movie. I recently traveled to Ireland, and although I didn't visit the area where the movie was made, it reminded me so much of the movie. My tour bus driver was asked about the Irish brouge and he tried to discribe it. He said if you really want to talk like the Irish, watch the movie of "The Quiet Man".The way Barry Fitzgerald and the towns people talked is really the way the Irish talk.
The Duke and Maureen were such a perfect match for each other and that is definitely evident in The Quiet Man. I've always loved this film and it nevers grows old.
Better each time
I've always loved this movie and think Duke and Maureen are in fine form for this timeless piece of work.
I get lost in this movie. Its got humor and love and drama its just the perfect movie one of my all time favorites.
The Quiet Man is one of the greatest. The performances are wonderful, especially on the parts of Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald and Victor McLaglen. It's a beautiful love story, not mushy. Watch the scene where they're together at the fireplace. Beautiful. No one could have done it that way but them. Nowadays, you can't get people to do a thing like that. They did it with the energy on the screen and their expressions. It's a film for any classic movie fan.
GREAT LOVE STORY!!!!
HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THIS MOVIE!!!!WHAT A LOVE STORY....
Cinema at its best
A must see for any film fan. If you are Irish and you haven't seen this film you can not truly call yourself Irish. Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne were born to play these roles.
Cheers for "The Quiet Man"
The Quiet Man is one of those films thatis alwaya fresh now matter how many timesyou've seen it. It is well crafted by the great John Ford and contains greatperformances from each member of it'sfine cast of superb character actors. Everyone in the film is perfectly castmaking this film enjoyable anytime ofthe year but especially fun on St. Patricks Day.
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- Craig Brewster
The Quiet Man is not just for St patties day it a any time movie. It seems to break a depressed life and cheer on up.