The Quiet Man


(out of 5)

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.

Republic Pictures, Argosy Pictures

USA, 1952

Directed by John Ford

Screenplay by , based on the story by

Cinematography by

Produced by , John Ford

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1952

Golden Globe Awards 1952

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