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864 Ratings

The Quiet Man

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1952
Drama, Romance


After spending most of his unhappy life in America, Sean Thornton arrives in the little Irish village of Inisfree to find the peace and paradise his mother used to talk about. The first thing to catch his eye (after the cottage where he was born) is the beautiful and fiery Mary Kate Danaher.

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The Quiet Man Directed by John Ford

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1952 | 2 wins including: OCIC Award

Academy Awards

1953 | 2 wins including: Best Director

1953 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1952 | 2 wins including: Best Film

The film is a fairy tale from start to finish, impossible to mistake for anything like reality. What ultimately counts most is its glorious imagery, some of it intensely radiant, some carrying what Manny Farber called “the sunless, remembered look of a surrealist painting”… The Quiet Man isn’t legendary like The Searchers or profound like The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) or unjustly neglected like Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958), but it’s arguably the most unforgettable of them all.
March 01, 2017
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The film freely mixes crass barroom comedy, a lyrical and fragile romance, a sidelong study of Innisfree’s generational and class fissures, and even a Rabelaisian fist-fighting finale. If it’s an ungainly variety, it doesn’t suggest directorial sloppiness, but the warmth of oral tradition as it dances around a cluster of themes (belonging, redemption, reconciliation) with the vigor of a yarn spun, porter in hand, alongside an open fire.
November 02, 2016
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The film’s verdant fairytale setting and glorious Technicolor artifice give the kissing-and-fighting love story theatrical resonance, as Wayne and Maureen O’Hara exchange stolen windblown or rain-soaked embraces.
February 05, 2016

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