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The Quiet Man
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The Quiet Man

1952
Romance
Comedy
2h 9m
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Avg Percentile 60.33% from 863 total ratings

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Rated 26 Aug 2011
20
4th
Embarrassing. And shockingly popular. Anyone who loves this ought to check out the Danish Morten Korch films. And, preferably, stay far away from me.
Rated 25 Oct 2008
75
59th
If you can get past the outdated sexism and morals (which, to be fair, the film sort of critiques, though one can say it also celebrates them), this is a good deal of fun. Wayne and O'Hara have good on-screen repoir, and the famous fist-fight is worth waiting for through some of the slower moments.
Rated 19 Aug 2012
40
15th
The story was dumb and boring. The whole film lacked energy, the characters were pathetic and unlikable, the acting and writing were terrible. It felt like something I should've been watching on MST3K.
Rated 10 Nov 2008
75
45th
Like its protagonist, this is a quiet little film. It doesn't offend, it doesn't try to make you think too much, it just is. Consider the year it was made and you'll understand--this film is highly reflective of the feelings of that era. People were trying to get past WWII, wanted to go into the theater to get away from the cold war for a while, and needed a "good, wholesome guy" to admire. This delivered on all counts. It looks quaint today but that's what it was designed to be.
Rated 24 Nov 2011
20
3rd
Never go full sentimental mr. Ford. Though it did get him the oscar. I'll never understand the academy's love for Ford.
Rated 09 Dec 2008
85
79th
An enjoyable love story that certainly models itself after its title. O'Hara is the real treat here, as her fiery redheaded character steals every scene she's in. Ford, through the use of vibrant colors and sing-songy characters, evokes a heavenly vision of his ancestral homeland, one that elides its faults and dwells on its strengths. This is a film by an older director longing for something more, something special in the world. It's great to be able to share that dream with him.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
60
62nd
Legendary fight scene,A heart warming film not to be missed .
Rated 14 Mar 2011
40
10th
Okay, positives: great cinematography filmed on location (rare in those days) and O'Hara is fascinating. But violent scenes that, judging by the music, are supposed to be romantic or funny. Tiresome stereotypes of the Irish bordering on offensive. Approvingly shows a Catholic (Mary Kate) marrying a Protestant (Thornton), along with cursing, betting priests. Wayne plays a boorish American who disrespects Irish/Catholic traditions. Corny and long, which I hate to say as a John Ford fan.
Rated 04 Jun 2011
0
0th
Worst film ever made.
Rated 13 May 2014
70
28th
Interesting to see Wayne play so against type opposite a Wayne-style antagonist. John Ford, however, is comfortably in his element with quaint characters and picturesque landscapes, but then I'm not much for Ford, I guess. Still, it stands out among his work as something different, if only slightly.
Rated 10 May 2019
62
64th
Seeing John Ford directing a near romantic comedy is weird to say the least. He still has the excellent visual flair which is helped by the beautiful Irish countryside. I also really love John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara which helps make up a lot of the fact that I just don't really like rom-coms.
Rated 12 Jul 2016
65
60th
It's understandable why some Irish people find it offensive; it's so diddly Irish that it's often merely a step away fom Darby O'Gill And The Little People, which is odd given that Ireland was Ford's ancestral homeland. Perhaps feelings of nostalgia overtook him, but there are some badly judged moments, particularly comedic ones. Its virtues are its picturesque location photography, the chemistry between Wayne and O'Hara, and the protracted fight scene at the end between Wayne and McLaglen.
Rated 04 Jul 2013
28
33rd
Seriously fucked-up movie.
Rated 09 Apr 2010
90
81st
Great movie. Not exactly an enlightened love story for the modern age, but definitely a movie that is in love with Manly Men and the women (and the emerald island) that they love.
Rated 21 Sep 2013
95
94th
Exquisite romantic comedy from half a century ago about John Wayne visiting a land that was half a century behind his. Maureen O'Hara plays the tempestuous Irish redhead who lives in an American fantasy of the old country. Trying to figure out if the content is satirical or loathsome will confound you. I'm still not certain.
Rated 06 Dec 2014
89
88th
Probably Ford's best character piece. The Technicolor is so thick you'll get lost in it, but what stands out are the faces. Ford was such a master, and Wayne such an actor, that the whole film is a bunch of beautiful character faces, interrupted here and there by hills, and no one notices.
Rated 05 Aug 2011
85
94th
Maureen O'Hara in Technicolor.
Rated 03 Feb 2012
50
28th
Simple good mood story in a little town in Ireland. I fail to see what's so great about this movie, and though I like it I have to say it's not so great to me. It's an interesting and simple way to put together some old Irish country culture elements in a parodic way. Then we have the fish out of the water in there, trying to fight all those customs but finding it impossible. Well, funny, it deserves a watch and it has a good music (Irish, obviously).
Rated 28 Dec 2013
90
92nd
Ford's legendary desert vistas get traded in for equally awe-inspiring imagery of rolling green Irish hills, trees with glimmering leaves, and clear creeks. The humor and the drama of the picture mesh exquisitely; all of the characters harbor a great deal of depth in spite of their quantity. There is a lengthy scene in the middle where Wayne and O'Hara wordlessly walk together through the countryside, culminating in a rain-soaked embrace, that is a brilliant example of cinematic romance.
Rated 06 Mar 2008
70
26th
A pretty bland love story and Wayne's character isn't all that interesting, but the supporting cast is pretty entertaining, as is the general tone of the film. O'Hara and Fitzgerald especially are pretty enjoyable.
Rated 07 Jan 2013
57
59th
I'm not sure why this isn't considered the Irish equivalent of "Song of the South", because certain aspects of its depiction of the Irish go beyond satire. But there's a certain truth in the depiction of cross-cultural interaction. Most of the ranking here is due to the long fight scene, which encapsulates the best & worst of the film, but is definitely the high point.
Rated 12 Jul 2014
100
97th
Too much courting and too many sex jokes for DougCollins' taste
Rated 24 Mar 2011
100
91st
Ford's Oscar-winner is a tribute to an Ireland that exists in the imagination of songwriters and poets. Superior filmmaking.
Rated 11 Nov 2012
48
35th
My tolerance for Ford's quaint, cutesy depiction of the rural Old Country waned after How Green Was My Valley. This one's consciously comedic, but still prejudiced by Ford's 2nd-generation Americanism. Worse yet, John Wayne plays his Western self. The same combination of traits; that coy machismo and otherwise blandness, which the love interest seems to find immediately irresistible. He's a middling actor, and Ford has a knack for visual composition, but uses middling scripts.
Rated 10 Feb 2007
81
72nd
Paints Ireland as the Wonderful Land of Oz in lush Technicolor. There's also some very subtle nuances throughout that can be easily overlooked by the broad strokes also painted by this picture. It's a good mix of dramedy that seldom misses its mark. Highly Recommended.
Rated 27 Nov 2011
65
47th
Great chemistry between Wayne and O'Hara. The humour often seems very dated, though, which makes this satire (and celebration) of morals and of Ford's Ireland a bit disappointing.
Rated 31 May 2023
95
86th
John Wayne fights for Maureen O'Hara in the rolling hills of Ireland. Huzzah.
Rated 09 Apr 2024
80
99th
As Hollywood-Irish as it gets! John Ford bringing in his crew for something very different than usual. A macho love story with a very Irish twist. Simply of great production with a very familiar cast to make it humorous. Felt like a labor of love, which also became one of Republic Pictures most celebrated releases in the studio's existence.
Rated 27 Oct 2023
10
3rd
Domestic violence. Ho ho.
Rated 23 Feb 2019
86
77th
یه نفر وارد روستایی در ایرلند میشه که اجدادش اونجا بدنیا اومدن، و با یه دختر ازدواج میکنه و...
Rated 03 Jul 2023
83
68th
Entertaining balance of tones. The warmth and humor permeates. Ford’s disinterest in depicting female characters with complexity on display once again, but there’s a love for its characters that salvages its worst faults.
Rated 09 Apr 2023
30
5th
God this was hard to sit through. Her logic was just baffling and frustrating. It was really hard to believe that they were actually in love, as they spent the vast majority of this movie fighting. And that fight scene with her brother went on for far, FAR too long. The only thing that saved this movie was the location and the accents.
Rated 09 May 2020
85
92nd
It's a western about settling down home but going east instead. I had a hard time telling when this was set and whether it was celebrating the quaint stereotypical morals or criticizing them. It ends with fisticuffs fixing all so maybe just tone deaf. Beautiful countryside. Should have been titled How Green Was My Valley instead; Wayne wasn't very a quiet man. Quite abusive. Memorable music. Fav scenes: seeing O'Hara herding sheep, Wayne making friends at the pub, horse racing with the bonnet.
Rated 07 Nov 2020
65
24th
Ah yes, John Ford's idealized fairy-tale vision of Ireland, a land free of religious tension and full of shepherdry and alcoholism. Where the women do housework all-day and the men are encouraged by everyone around them to beat their wives and settle every problem with fisticuffs in the streets. This film fully romanticizes spousal abuse and it isn't just shockingly sexist by modern standards, but sexist even for the 1950s. Pretty landscape photography though, especially during that horse race.
Rated 30 Aug 2022
87
66th
I like the music and the fist fight
Rated 04 Dec 2021
60
35th
This should be a nice little romantic film, although it starts to veer into screwball comedy. But it's hard to overlook the heavy masculinity here plus the quirky comedy slips into slapstick, especially during the climactic fight. Wayne and O'Hara make a good couple, and the supporting cast is excellent; it just hasn't aged well (and has too many bar-drinking songs).
Rated 18 Mar 2022
90
87th
The film is really about is the small textures of this fairly made-up, but lovely portrait of Ireland. We spend a lot of time with the colourful local folk bantering and we see a lot of absolutely magnificent Technicolor footage of the countryside. It's far from an accurate depiction of the country, but it's a wonderfully amiable and stunning film. Ford's brother Francis has a prominent role, as does Jack MacGowran.
Rated 28 May 2022
10
1st
Oh, yeah, this abuse is so romantic. Here, take this stick to beat her with too.
Rated 10 May 2022
95
31st
EEEEKKKKK fight! fight! fight!
Rated 04 Mar 2012
45
18th
People think this is an excellent movie and for the life of me I can't figure out why.
Rated 12 Mar 2013
60
38th
hayatimda izledigim en denyo, en andaval senaryolardan biri. hele sonlara dogru iyice nefret ettim. 60 sene once cekilmis olmasinin hatirina 6.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
91
85th
# 188
Rated 09 Sep 2012
85
73rd
Even though I'm a pacifist, I love this film. The two main characters are so much fun to watch.
Rated 27 Feb 2016
15
81st
Star Rating: ★★★★
Rated 31 May 2015
95
97th
John Ford's ode to Ireland
Rated 30 Nov 2011
93
86th
#148
Rated 19 Dec 2008
92
84th
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Rated 03 Jun 2013
80
77th
I grew up with John Wayne, and people love this Irish movie. So I will agree.
Rated 23 Dec 2013
89
73rd
Director John Ford and star John Wayne depart the Western for the Irish countryside, and the result is a beautifully photographed, often comedic romance.
Rated 05 Jun 2016
15
1st
O'hara is a delight and Ireland is scenic but the Irish are portrayed as such diminutive drunk idiots who uniformly love the color green and breaking out into sing-song limericks even the Irish would be offended.
Rated 09 Mar 2012
100
96th
watched: 2012, 2014, 2020, 2024
Rated 22 Sep 2013
84
79th
84.000
Rated 28 Feb 2009
100
77th
What a wonderful movie, I remember watching this movie for the first time with my grandfather Grampy Hall. I watched it again last nite on TCM and it was very magical. I just love IRELAND. Marreen O'Hara and John Wayne sure know how to make a good movie. Exceptional all the way!!!
Rated 13 Jan 2010
91
82nd
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Rated 02 Apr 2007
100
95th
Total classic. John Ford was the man
Rated 12 Apr 2015
75
38th
Full of incredibly flyffy and pompous characters mixed into a mediocre storyline. Technically well-executed, though.
Rated 08 Mar 2018
76
43rd
Characterful Irish star vehicle featuring a young John Wayne and a very red-haired Maureen O'Hara. Essentially it's a love story built on a template of "veni vidi vici". The lead characters are good and have chemistry, and Wayne's efforts to win over not just the girl but the townsfolk and brother give plenty of comedy and drama. But boy does it go on too long, over 2 hours I think, for a rom-com that's a bit much. Nice use of colour, contrasting green white and orange as the Irish like to do.

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