The Quiet Man

, | 1952 | 129 min. | | , ,
A Film by John Ford

Wednesday March 20, 2013


$10 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center

A Film by John Ford
Starring John Wayne

Returning to the Ireland of his birth, director John Ford fashions an irresistible valentine to the “Auld Sod” in The Quiet Man. Irish-American boxer John Wayne, recovering from the trauma of having accidentally killed a man in the ring, arrives in the Irish village where he was born. Hoping to bury his past and settle down to a life of tranquility, Wayne has purchased the home of his birth from wealthy local widow Mildred Natwick, a transaction that has incurred the wrath of pugnacious squire Victor McLaglen, who coveted the property for himself. By and by, Wayne falls in love with McLaglen’s beautiful, high-spirited sister Maureen O’Hara. Her insistence that Wayne conduct his courtship in a proper Irish manner-with puckish matchmaker Barry Fitzgerald along for the ride as “chaperone”–is but one obstacle to their future happiness: the other is McLaglen, who spitefully refuses to give his consent to his sister’s marriage, or to honor the tradition of paying a dowry to Wayne. Wayne could care less about dowries, but the tradition-bound Maureen refuses to consummate her marriage until McLaglen pays up. Under any other circumstances, Wayne would have punched out the bullying McLaglen long ago, but ever since his tragedy in the ring he has been reluctant to fight.

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"John Ford's 1952 Oscar winner is a tribute to an Ireland that exists only in the imaginations of songwriters and poets like Ford."

--Don Druker, Chicago Reader

Won the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography

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