Happy St. Patrick's Day and a good day it is. What a better way to spend the day but with a good ole pint o Guinness and the movie "The Quiet Man". It's a lovely tale of Ireland back in the 30's. A boxer from a America but born in Ireland returns back to his roots. Ah but don't let me ruin it for ya. Take a gander at my review below and get that Guinness nicely poured and sit back and watch John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara at their very best. May the luck of the Irish shine upon ya this day!
'The Quiet Man' - Retired American Boxer Sean Thorton ( John Wayne) has just arrived by train. He has come home to Ireland, to the land where he was born. He is trying to get directions at the station when a little fellow by the name Michaleen Oge Flynn (Barry Fitzgerald) picks up his belongings and tells him to follow. As the two are riding in the carriage Thorton tells him who he is and Flynn remembers him as a little boy.
Walking in the field with her sheep is Mary Kate Danaher ( Maureen O'Hara) and Thorton is taken aback. He falls for this red haired beauty of the fields.
They have finally arrived in Innisfree and the two head into a pub. Flynn introduces Thorton all around and everybody remembers his family. Father Peter Lonergan (Ward Bond) tells Thorton he will remember his Mom in the early mass. Thorton goes to mass and runs into Mary Kate Danaher.
Thorton wants to stay and put roots back into the place of his birth. His Mother used to tell him the old stories and Thorton fell in love with the place without really ever seeing it. You see he was just a wee boy when he left Ireland for the States. They lived in Pittsburgh and Thorton worked the slag heaps and later became a boxer. He was a good boxer with a good name until one day in the ring he killed a man while fighting. This was something that he was having a hard time dealing with.
Kate's brother, Squire Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen) has been at odds with Thorton ever since they first met. After some twisting of the Squire's arm Mary Kate and Sean are married. The problem comes when the Squire won't give the dowry over to Thorton. This brings Thorton and Mary Kate some problems. Mary Kate wants her birth right and Sean won't fight her brother for it. I'll let you watch the movie to see what happens next.
Director John Ford brought a lovely cast together for this wonderful tale of love and hope. The scenery is beautiful and the story keeps you interested throughout the movie. This is one John Ford's best and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.