My mother's maiden name was Sullivan. I married an Irish Redhead. Is it any surprise that The Quite Man is my favorite movie? And I am not much of a John Wayne fan in general. Here, however, as a life-worn man returning to his family home in search of peace and quiet, Wayne is at his humble finest. Peace and quiet? What he finds is a magnificent woman and a lot of trouble. What you will find is a lovely bit of film making by John Ford in which the Irish countryside itself is every bit as much a star as the cast. A cast, by the way, which is chock full of fine performances by every single actor. I am confident that you will fall in love with each character in this movie just as I did many years ago. And with memorable lines such as
Ah, it is a fine, soft night. I think I'll be goin' to talk a little treason.
Oh, that's no angel. That is Mary Kate Dannaher. But pay her no mind Sean, that red hair is no lie.
You little squint!
Well, I can't say its true, and I won't say its not...but there's been talk...
If you have not had the pleasure of seeing the film, you can watch one of my favorite scenes here. It is my gift to all Epics on this St. Patrick's Day.
I watch a lot of movies, but if I had only one to keep forever, it would be The Quiet Man. It is like a trip to the Ireland of which one dreams. With a wee taste of Powers whiskey in a glass. On a fine, soft night.