in about 100 words or less
US 129m, Colour
Director: John Ford; Cast: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen
The Quiet Man is a mildly misogynistic romantic comedy of Irish stereotypes about a former boxer who moves from America to his ancestral home in Ireland where he hopes to make a new life for himself. Falling in love with the sister of a local squire who he offends upon his arrival, the ruggedly good-looking Sean Thornton attempts to win the fiery affections of Mary Kate. Bound by tradition the couple’s happiness looks in doubt with her dowry yet delivered, at least until the two disgruntled men in her life settle things with drunken fisticuffs. Though the couple’s tribulations are ridiculously over-played, the richly filmed outdoor locations partially make up for the film’s rather silly plot (Klaus Ming January 2014).