The Quiet Man (1952)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1952.  Republic Pictures, Argosy Pictures.  Screenplay by , based on the story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , John Ford.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

If The Searchers is John Wayne‘s best western, The Quiet Man is his best film outside the Oater genre. He plays a champion boxer who runs away from his high-profile life after a tragic accident in the ring, seeking shelter in his mother’s native Ireland and looking to buy the home she grew up in. Once there he immediately becomes a member of the community, falling in love with a local beauty () and eventually deciding to marry her. This is the first feature film ever to be shot in Ireland, and it is a breathtaking drama, full of marvelously charming little moments that manage to always feel so important. The Technicolour photography is stunning, the acting is fantastic (even the Duke manages a few lucid moments) and the characters indelible. Don’t go another second without seeing this.

Academy Awards:  Best Director (John Ford); Best Cinematography-Colour
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor (Victor McLaglen); Best Screenplay; Best Art Direction-Colour; Best Sound Recording

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Director (John Ford); Best Original Score

Venice Film Festival: In Competition

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