The Quiet Man

  • U
  • John Ford (1952)
  • US
  • 124 min
The Quiet Man
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

John Ford won his fourth best director Oscar for this immensely popular chunk of old blarney (why did he never win for his westerns?). John Wayne is, of course, splendid as the boxer looking for some peace by returning to his Irish roots, with fiery Maureen O'Hara more than a match for him - fans may remember Steven Spielberg's affectionate and memorable homage to this iconic pairing in a scene from ET. There's fantastic support from Barry Fitzgerald as a mischievous matchmaker who never says no to a drink and Victor McLaglen as O'Hara's blustering and bullying brother who takes an instant dislike to Wayne. Victor Young's lilting score is also very enjoyable, while Winton C Hoch and Archie Stout's Technicolor photography deservedly won the film a second Oscar. Though the picture-book view of Ireland may seem rose-tinted and dated now, if you're in the right mood, this is still a movie that can make you laugh and cry.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Sean Thornton returns to his native Galway to settle down in peace after growing up in America. The quiet life still eludes him, however, as he finds himself reluctantly sparring with his neighbours, his sweetheart and his conscience.

Cast and crew


Sean Thornton
John Wayne
Mary Kate Danaher
Maureen O'Hara
Michaeleen Flynn
Barry Fitzgerald
Father Peter Lonergan
Ward Bond
"Red" Will Danaher
Victor McLaglen
Mrs Sarah Tillane
Mildred Natwick
Dan Tobin
Francis Ford
Mrs Elizabeth Playfair
Eileen Crowe
Woman at railway station
May Craig
Reverend Cyril Playfair
Arthur Shields
Charles Fitzsimmons
Ignatius Feeney
Jack MacGowran
Dermot Fahy
Ken Curtis
Father Paul's mother
Mae Marsh
Boy on wagon at horse race
Patrick Wayne


John Ford

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Republic Pictures Int Inc
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U