The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man

DVD - 1999
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An American prizefighter returns to Ireland in order to forget the past and live peacefully in his village birthplace. He falls in love with the hot-tempered sister of a belligerent neighbor, and trouble ensues over the payment of her dowry.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Republic Pictures Home Video, [1999]
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780782010572
0782010571
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE QUIET
Characteristics: Laser optical
optical
1 videodisc (Not rated)(140 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Original theatrical version, digitally remastered
Includes "The making of The Quiet man" hosted by Leonard Maltin, which includes the original theatrical trailer
From the story by Maurice Welsh
Originally issued as a motion picture in 1952

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PeterRLD
Apr 02, 2017

I first saw The Quiet Man as a boy; it was one of my first John Wayne movies and I loved it. Now I have seen it again in 2016 and find that it has not aged well. I found myself trying to explain to my daughter why it was OK for John Wayne to grab Maureen O'Hara by her hair and forcibly kiss her. ("Well, you see, she really had strong feelings for him but she was refusing to admit it. A man in that situation has to take physical action to move the relationship to the next level, which is where they both really want to be." "Sounds like bullsh*t, daddy!") And what about all those fisticuffs? Isn't physical violence something to be avoided? Couldn't they have gone to some kind of group therapy instead? So the millennial culture has robbed me of the simple pleasures of watching this movie. Darn.

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Eilleen1920
Jul 26, 2016

This is one of the best movies that you could ever watch! I have enjoyed it my whole life, and is my favorite movie. John and Maureen did magnificent acting in their roles. Recommended to those who enjoy movies.

One of John Wayne and Maureen O' Hara's best movies together. Great scenery and good plot. Highly recommended.

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empbee
Jun 21, 2016

Nice country scenery.

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Onewhoissaved
Jun 04, 2016

"The Quiet Man", 1952, directed by John Ford starring the great team of Wayne, Ohara, and McLagen, Fitzgerald, Bond. The ridiculous suggestion that I might score this a 3.5 star gets my blood boiling. This is a wonderful movie that captures everything that American and British and Irish movie viewers loved to see. Victor McLagen was not Irish but born in Kent, England in 1886. That makes 21 years John Wayne's elder. Wayne was a terrific athlete and proud of his prowess. But McLagen was a terrific fighter himself. He fought an exhibition with world champion Jack Johnson. If Wayne and McLagen were the same age there is no guarantee that Wayne would walk away the winner if the two met in or out of the ring.

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Ron@Ottawa
May 16, 2016

Director John Ford was a good one in his era. However, this film is now totally out-dated. The smoking (by an athlete), the treatment of women by men, are all deplorable by today's standard. And John Wayne in a romantic role? So for me it is an 'OK' watch as a 'walk back to the past' only.

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alley_cat
Nov 12, 2014

I just noticed that the blu-ray version of The Quiet Man, one of my favorite films, is on order. It's too bad that Olive Films got the rights to it because they are notorious for omitting English subtitles and closed captions. I know that many library users will find the Irish-accented dialogue difficult to understand even if their hearing is perfect. Personally, I hate to see anyone rewarding Olive Films for such callousness toward the public, since it would cost them very little to include optional closed-captions. Otherwise, thanks for all the good work!

EuSei Nov 02, 2014

I absolutely love this movie, it is an Irish "Taming of the Shrew." Wayne and O'Hara had such incredible chemistry! I enjoyed the courtship scenes and the whole story. But beware: this movie is from a time when women were not afraid of strong men: they actually wanted one in their lives! ;-)

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drygon
Oct 11, 2014

The best non-western for Mr. Wayne. Super enjoyable! Great story, directing, acting, setting, character chemistry and stereo types! Never visited Ireland, but this movie invites the inclination too. Unfortunately, 60+ years to late...

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IrishMoon
Jan 20, 2014

I detested this film!Yes the sets were nice, but the acting was sub-par and the misogynistic attitudes in the film were horrid! John Wayne's character balks at the outdated Irish custom of courting rituals: needing a male family member to give permission for a woman to be married, and the payment of a dowry. Yet, as much as he professes that it should be in Ireland as it is in America, where a woman is her own person and makes her own decisions, he had no qualms about physically pushing, dragging, and kicking her behind when he decided she needed to come with him. And then an older female character runs up & hands him a large stick, telling him it was to be used to beat his wife. Horrible!!! It's no wonder so many of we women who were born in the 1950's (when the film was made) made such poor relationship choices when these kind of behaviors were routinely romanticized in the era in which we were raised. Yes, the film may be a classic, but just because it is a classic does that deem it worthy of being revered today?

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Monolith
Jan 01, 2013

Ignatius Feeney (being served a meal by Mary Kate with other workmen, talking about Sean Thornton): "...I saw him meself this mornin'... A tall, handsome man... as I was passin' the chapel." Mary Kate Danaher: "If you'd pass the pub, as fast as you pass the chapel -- you'd be better off! Ya little squint." (throws a potato on his plate)

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Monolith
Jan 01, 2013

Michaleen Oge Flynn (on seeing the broken bed): "Impetuous! Homeric!"

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Monolith
Jan 01, 2013

Squire "Red" Will Danaher: "I'll count three, and if you're not out of the house by then, I'll loose the dogs on you." Sean Thornton: "If you say 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'."

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