Thursday, June 11, 2015

Movie Review: ****The Quiet Man (John Wayne 1952)

The Quiet Man
This is John Wayne, in Ireland.  John Wayne portrays Sean Thornton opposite Maureen O’Hara as Mary Kate Danaher.  They are an unlikely pair, but early on they are taken with each other.  However in this film, two cultures are clashing.  Thornton has returned to Ireland.  He has been a professional boxer in the United States and wants to start over after he killed a man in the ring.  Returning to the old country is his best chance.  He falls for a girl from the first day; however there are norms for proper courting, and courting has to go through the closest male relative, Mary Kate's brother, Squire Red Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen) who fast becomes Thornton's worst enemy in the town.  Red sees Thornton as being a coward as he won’t fight.  However it finally comes down to just that, a fight with the entire town out to watch and taking bets.

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