Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.69
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The Quiet Man

4.7 out of 5 stars 1,526 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(Jan 22, 2013)
"Please retry"
60th Anniversary Special Edition
1
$10.22 $10.12
DVD
(Mar 23, 1999)
"Please retry"
1
$16.36 $2.89
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy

Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial

Editorial Reviews

a wonderful John Wayne movie

Special Features

  • "Making of The Quiet Man" hosted by Leonard Maltin (B/W & Color, 20 min.)

Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Writers: John Ford, Frank S. Nugent, Maurice Walsh
  • Producers: John Ford, Merian C. Cooper
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,526 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000I1KV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Quiet Man" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
*****5 stars for the film

Haunted by an incident that happened in the ring, American boxer Sean Thornton (John Wayne) returns to his Irish birthplace, seeking only his roots and a quiet, peaceful life.

He soon falls in love with the beautiful, tempestuous Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara). She is equally taken with him, but won't marry without the consent of her stubborn, blustering brother, Will (Victor McLaglen), who disapproves the match.

With the help of a well-intentioned scheme arranged by their friends, Mary Kate gets her brother's permission and Sean and she wed. Relationships spoil soon after, however, when Will refuses to pay the rightful dowry. Sean doesn't care, but Mary Kate is outraged and wants Sean to have it out with Will.

Time and again Sean backs down - determined not to use his fists - his inner tension building the whole while. But eventually he will have to decide between losing his wife's love and respect and facing his greatest fear.

This was an important and personal project for John Ford (whose real name was Sean O'Feeney). That his heart and those of his cast members were in what they were doing shows through. The fact that much of the film was shot on location in Ireland (on location shoots were somewhat unusual at the time) also adds an authentic flavor.

Barry Fitzgerald was at his comedic best here, and Ward Bond's performance as a priest has several simply unforgettable moments.

The Quiet Man is a charming classic and among Ford's best (in fact, it won him an Oscar for Best Director). It's funny, romantic, and always entertaining. It also features an exuberant score (courtesy of Victor Young) and one of the longest and most memorable knock-down, drag-out fights ever committed to film.
Read more ›
19 Comments 641 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
I will not, as some feel necessary, go over the story/characters/performances of this film. Suffice to say, this is one the most enjoyable films ever made, blarney or not.

Rather, what I would like to briefly comment on is the utterly pathetic transfer of this classic film to DVD. It states quite clearly on the back of the cover that this film has been digitally remastered. I took that to mean both video and audio. WRONG. The picture quality of this DVD is shocking, one of the worst I have ever seen. Believe me when I say this -- the VHS version I purchased in 1991 has a better video clarity than this. At times it's actually difficult to make out the actors features. The company behind this, ARTISAN I believe they are called, should be ashamed. I have a copy of the recently released and remastered CASABLANCA DVD. That film was made in 1942, yet it looks as if it was just made, such is the sharpness of the video. The Quiet Man deserved the same treatment, but didn't get it. Shame on ARTISAN.
37 Comments 491 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review is for the Blu Ray version of this film. I watched it on a 92" screen to make sure it could hold up to being projected up to a ridiculously huge level.

Now, 24-hours after watching this stunning Blu Ray, I am still struggling to find words to describe the masterful job Olive did with this transfer. I know this movie very well...probably at the 'geek' level...so I was prepared to scrutinize almost every frame.

Oh my.

All the other 5-star reviews of this version are spot on with examples about the clarity of this movie (the 1-star review entitled, 'Disappointed', I can't explain, so won't bother trying). I saw what the other 5'ers saw, but whether it was watching it at 92", the clarity of Blu Ray, or both, what I got the biggest thrill from was the very nuanced, almost undetectable smile (almost Mona Lisa-like) Maureen O'Hara gave John Wayne when she first saw him across the meadow. I needed a cold shower right there and then. I'd have paid $100 for this disc just for that. Wow.

Here's another example of it's clarity: in the Blu Ray version of 'It's a Wonderful Life', at 92" you can clearly read the print on the distant bank deposit slips displayed behind Thomas Mitchell just before he loses the $8,000 to Lionel Barrymore. The Blu Ray of 'The Quiet Man' matches that clarity.
6 Comments 29 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
When The Quiet Man Collector's Edition came out on DVD in 2002 I was all excited about upgrading from VHS to the better picture quality of DVD. After getting my new DVD home and watching I was very disappointed that the quality wasn't much better than my previous VHS copy. BUT NOW, Olive Films has made available exactly what I was hoping for, a crisp clear perfect edition of The Quiet Man. The beautiful colors and sound makes this a must have for John Wayne movie buffs. I've waited a long long time for this edition, and glad I took another chance after the 2002 DVD as I wasn't disappointed!!
Comment 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
I love to see pictures of the lush greenery of the Emerald Isle, so I anticipated one of the most spectacular films of one of the most beautiful countries in the world when I bought this "Collector's Edition" of which the packaging read "digitally remastered." I couldn't wait to see how beautiful the greens of Ireland would look with the red of Maureen O'Hara's hair. I put the DVD in the player and settled back and began watching. I was appalled. The skin tones were orange and the picture was so distorted that I thought something was wrong with my television settings. I put in another DVD to compare, and it was perfect. So, before returning the DVD to the store (like THAT would have done me a lot of good!), I came here to read the comments about "The Quiet Man" on Amazon, and, sure enough, I'm not the only one who is disappointed. Sure, I like a good story, but the reason why I purchased a DVD player and a surround sound system and big screen television is so I could get great QUALITY! For Artisan to produce such a low-quality reproduction of a classic movie is horrendous. I would not recommend this "Collector's Edition" to any collector, unless they are just desperate to see the movie. This DVD rendition is no better than VHS quality. The 1-star rating is not for the movie itself -- it's a great movie (and I also enjoyed the behind-the-scenes information in the bonus material); the low rating is aimed at the producers of this sorry reproduction.

And in response to the "Kid's Review," yes, when I was younger, this movie was boring to me also, but watch it again when you are older and I think you will appreciate it more. Maybe by then, there will be a higher quality edition available.
Comment 29 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews




What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?