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Old January 23 2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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The Quiet Man (Ford/Wayne)

Any fans of the films here? I picked up Olive's new blu ray and it sports a stunning new 4k restoration

As for the film itself, I don't think there's anything I can say that hasn't been said before. There's some serious competition, but this may be both John Ford and John Wayne's best film. I certainly think it's the most beautiful to look at (I would have gone with The Searchers before this new restoration, it reveals a lot of new detail). Touching, funny, and any romance that ends in an extended fistfight gets my love and respect.
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Old January 24 2013, 01:44 AM   #2
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I'm not a John Wayne fan, but this is my favorite film of his and one I'll always stop to watch if I catch it. I think one of the big reasons I like it is the fact that it's not a western. The only thing that I think really drags down the film is some of the sets used in situations where it seems that location shooting would have been obviously superior. Particularly the stage use in place of locations for the outdoor scenes during the race.
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Old January 24 2013, 05:15 AM   #3
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I wouldn't rank it as the best Ford or Wayne picture but that's a high bar and The Quiet Man is a great movie. A wonderful sense of place and community, very deftly drawn. Some absolutely classic character scenes. I'm not much of a movie buyer but I'll check out the new disc from Netflix, thanks for the tip Kirkman.

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Old January 24 2013, 05:33 AM   #4
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I remember seeing E.T. in the theatre as a kid and years later seeing The Quiet Man and realizing "That's where that scene is from!".
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Old January 24 2013, 09:33 AM   #5
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Re: The Quiet Man (Ford/Wayne)

For years, this film and McClintock! were the only John Wayne films I would willingly sit through; Quiet Man because it wasn't a Western, and McClintock! because it's a comedy; both benefit from the great on-screen chemistry and off-screen friendship between Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. And I can't say enough about Barry Fitzgerald, whose Michaeleen Oge Flynn is both hilarious and eminently quotable. I'll definitely have to check out this new restoration.
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Old January 24 2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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I love this film, though I can't remember the last time I managed to catch it when it was on. I used to have a VHS copy many moons ago but I never upgraded to DVD for some reason.

My dad used to love this film
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Old January 24 2013, 12:28 PM   #7
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It's very popular in Ireland and Ashford Castle, where the stars stayed during filming, was put on the map by it, but it annoys the tits off me with its stage-Oirishness, which set the tone for Hollywood's depiction of Oireland!
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Old January 24 2013, 12:40 PM   #8
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Could be worse, it could be Voyager/Fairhaven (Which offends me and I'm not even Irish...)
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Old January 24 2013, 03:15 PM   #9
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^True, that was pretty dire.
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Old January 24 2013, 06:42 PM   #10
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I love this movie, but I have to think of it as "an Irish fable," given the staginess of parts, the outlandish characterizations of some supporting cast members and the whole "here's a nice stick with which to beat the lady" scene.
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Old January 24 2013, 09:59 PM   #11
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fantastic film - was, IIRC, my mum's favourite movie, and I love it as well. Definitely at least Wayne's best non-western
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Old January 24 2013, 10:33 PM   #12
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I love "The Quiet Man." I think it's John Wayne's best with "The Searchers" coming in a very, very close second.
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Old January 24 2013, 11:16 PM   #13
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I've read that the film had a very nice spot in the hearts of the cast. Something like that many of them agreed to make other films for whichever studio, just so they could make this one.
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Old January 25 2013, 03:48 AM   #14
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Yes, Ford had been trying to get the film made for years but no one would buy it. Republic agreed to do the movie In exchange for Ford doing Rio Grande, also with Wayne and O'hara.
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Old January 25 2013, 04:58 AM   #15
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Have you heard the story behind the "credits" at the end, for O'Hara and Wayne? She leans over and whispers something to him, then his head whips around in shock to look at her. The story goes that Ford quietly told O'Hara what to say to Wayne, in order to get that reaction. Nobody outside of those three ever knew what was said... and O'Hara isn't telling anyone.
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