John Ford directs John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Victor McLaglen in this Irish romantic comedy where an American boxer returns home to the village of Innisfree where he was born and swiftly falls for tempestuous beauty who lives next door.
A childhood favourite in my house. The Carrolls watched this a lot. Infamously ends on a twenty minute punch up that has been brewing for the first two acts. O’Hara and McLaglen are on fire as the warring siblings The Quiet Man gets caught between. The entire support ensemble are pitch perfect. And it looks so gorgeous – technicolour heaven. Victor Young’s marching score only drums up the anticipation towards the big communal scrap. His main theme is based on a tune composed by an Irish policeman. George Romero allegedly died listening to the jaunty, diddly-dee soundtrack. I love this. Every fucking moment.
Perfect Double Bill: Hobson’s Choice (1954)
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