100% agree with Gavin. I had heard so much good about this movie, even from my own folks, so i borrowed it from DCC to give it a watch. And in all honesty, it bored me to tears. It had no story to speak of, John Wayne was John Wayne, and Maureen O'Hara too was Maureen O'Hara, there wasn't a single piece of good acting. And it was way more Irish than Ireland, the accents were dodgy, the usage of our many green fields was OTT and the way the Irish people were portrayed was similar to the way The Simpsons would see us... Trouble-making, booze-guzzling bullies. And John Ford's directing? What was so special here? I saw nothing that stood out, it was bland, barely flinched. And the big fight everyone ranted of, haven't they ever sat down to John Carpenter's They Live? Now THAT'S a punch up! I really don't rate The Quiet Man, give me Going My Way any day, that's a true Irish beauty of a movie, which also stars Barry Fitzgerald, alongside the legend that is Bing Crosby.
I don't like The Quiet Man much either. It's a vision of Ireland that I don't recognise. You can see its influence though in other American films about Ireland. Take the Amy Adams film Leap Year for example. In that film, there are no trains on Sundays, couples must be married to stay at B&Bs and the Cliffs Of Moher are a short walk from Dingle (no, really). And that film was set in the present day!
Its probably a generational thing but to me the Quiet Man is one of my favourite films. The scenery that was spliced together from various parts of Galway and Mayo that's virtually the same today is spectacular. And the "supporting" actors like Barry Fitzgerald, Mildred Natwick , Arthur Shields steal the show and even today I get a kick out of Francis Ford hopping out of this death bed when he hear's the fight between Danaher and Thornton. At the time it was a big deal for the locals in Cong who got a years pay for a months work and a life time of stories. The film inspired score by Victor Young which includes The Rakes Of Mallow and Dick Farrelly's The Isle Of Innisfree is wounderful. So what if John Ford took liberties with the short story by Maurice Walsh, it was made by a master craftsman that's no worst than fun and considered by many as a classic.
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