The Quiet Man
Almost twenty years in the making, THE QUIET MAN (1952) is perhaps the most personal film of director John Ford’s long and illustrious Hollywood career as well as one of his great achievements. Unburdened with messages or social commentary, the film is a simple tale of human relationships, colored by Ford’s ever-present nostalgia about his Irish heritage and peopled by a group of actors whose personal chemistry contributes such warmth and vitality to their relationships, it is clear their characters emanate from something deeper than a film script. Humorous, romantic, lively, endearing and lovingly photographed on location in Ireland, THE QUIET MAN is cinematic story-telling at its finest — transparent, unpretentious and beautiful.
“A fine, soft day in the spring it was when the train pulled into Castletown — three hours late, as usual — and himself got off.” Sean Thornton, that is (John Wayne). On the five-mile ride to Inisfree, nosy Micheleen Flynn (Barry Fitgerarld) tries to discover what has brought the tall Yankee to Ireland. He soon learns that though Sean grew up in America, he was born in Inisfree and has returned to settle in the town of his birth.