Writer: Frank S Nugent (Screenplay) Maurice Walsh (Story)
Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, Mildred Natwick, Francis Ford
Plot: A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.
Tagline – Action…Excitement…Romance…Fill the Screen !
Runtime: 2 Hours 9 Minutes
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Verdict: Not for the Modern Audience
Story: The Quiet Man starts when American Sean Thornton (Watne) returns to Ireland and the town where he was raised, the locals are not impressed with his appearance because he looks to buy a house that Will Danaher (McLaglen) is interested in and takes a shine to his sister Mary Kate Danaher (O’Hara).
When Sean wins Mary Kate’s heart and hand in a horse racing competition they are allowed to date and joined by Michaleen Oge Flynn (Fitzgerald) to watch who must watch over their time together,
Thoughts on The Quiet Man
Characters – Sean Thornton is an American with a secret past which comes to Ireland to return to his childhood home, he wants to settle down and escape the nightmare moment in his past. Mary Kate is the lady Sean falls in love with even if it means to she loses her fortune.
Performances – The performances from John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara are good throughout the film as we get to see what Wayne does best with his dominating behaviour and what Maureen does to try and make herself stand out in the industry.
Story – The story follows a man that wants to start a new life in the place where he started his life and away from the spotlight which caused him the pain in his life, here he falls in love and must learn to deal with traditions of this new land. This does make sense for the time of the film because the news of what caused Sean to leave America wouldn’t be easy to see spread, unlike the modern era, it does keep things simple throughout too.
Comedy/Romance – We do get moments of comedy in this film, mostly from how the supporting villagers deal with the stranger, the romance is clear for us as we see the two’s romance unfold.
Settings – The film takes us to a small Irish village which will give Sean a place to get away from his past and show the community he will be walking into.
Final Thoughts – This is a film considered a classic, you can see why because of what it would have help do with cinema, but it just doesn’t seem as attention drawing as it should.
Overall: Classic, but dated.