The Quiet Man [Import]
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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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STAY AWAY FROM THIS VERSION. If it were a car it would be recalled. Do not let your affection for the material convince you it is acceptable.
On my TV, using component video imputes, it has the worst color of any DVD I've seen - with the possible exception of $4.99 bargins. The color saturation varies, going up and down at intervals. The detail is lousy. This looks like a third generation video copy. While the problem gets a little better towards the end, it is still very bad. This kind of treatment for a film that won an Oscar for cinematography? Ah, the profit motive.
If you would like to see a great John Ford film on DVD where some care has been spent on restoration, try "My Darling Clementine," "The Searchers" or "The Grapes of Wrath."
Leonard Maltin hosts a "making of" short on the DVD. Is his presence a tacit endorsement of the transfer? And if so, does he not carry some responsibility?
Soon, Thornton meets the fiery-spirited and -haired Mary Kate Danaher, a spinster living with her bullheaded bully of a brother Will. He initially refuses permission for Thornton to court Mary Kate, mostly out of spite. Seems that he wanted the old Thornton cottage for himself, but his abrasiveness peeves the owner, the Widow Tillane so much that she sells it to Thornton.
However, conspiracies lead to the courtship and eventually the wedding. The pivotal point comes when Will becomes aware of the conspiracy during the wedding banquet and refuses the dowry of 350 pounds. Thornton thinks that it's just money, but he doesn't understand that the dowry also represents Mary Kate's honour and dignity.
Nowadays, a dowry is virtually nonexistent, but back then, it was a big deal. It's datedness and lack of female emancipation may not go well with women today. What is the thrust of this movie is Thornton realizing the difference between American and Irish culture, such as the courting and matchmaking functions, taken so seriously in Inisfree. And in a place like Inisfree, secrets are hard to keep in this small village, plus it's that group mentality that can be helpful or not to a person.Read more ›
The movie's score is wonderfullly Irish (of course), and I guarantee you will be humming this ditty long after the movie is over.
The main character casting is excellent and unforgettable. Wayne is superb as the American Yank Shawn Thornton, and O'Hara matches him scene for scene as the fiery and fiesty Mary Kate. Their on-screen chemistry is obvious, and it is apparent both actors truly enjoy each others company and work. The supporting cast is superb as well, with Ford gathering his "family" of actors around him to make "The Quiet Man" a movie you will want to own in your film library.
Most recent customer reviews
This is one of the best - the acting is superb & the scenery & the village of Cong is a great place to visit.Published 1 month ago by Maycroft
One of my favorite John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara movies great funPublished 1 month ago by Ursula G. Webber
Captures all the whimsy of the old Irish culture. Love, fighting, beer, it's all there, in great Technicolor.Published 2 months ago by Jill M.
One of the classic John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara movies. The acting was great and the story a classic.Published 3 months ago by Christine
My all-time favourite John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara flick. I had the 40th Anniversary Special on VHS, so happy to have found this edition.Published 5 months ago by Cherilyne
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