The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man

John Ford (1952)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


An American prizefighter retires after killing an opponent in the ring, and returns to his Irish roots in a village in Galway, where he falls for a local woman. Unfortunately, their romance is hampered by a conflict with her brother over a property matter. John Ford's Oscar-winning romantic comedy drama, starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen, Barry Fitzgerald and Ward Bond.

Cast & 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
Forbes Charles Fitzsimmons
Ignatius Feeney Jack MacGowran
Dermot Fahy Ken Curtis
Father Paul's mother Mae Marsh
Boy on wagon at horse race Patrick Wayne
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Republic Pictures Int IncAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy