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The Quiet Man

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Profanity:None
Nudity/Sex:References (fairly subtle) to the fact that Mary Kate and Sean do not sleep together following their wedding. Seeing a broken bed frame following the wedding night, Michaeleen says "Impetuous! Homeric!"
Alcohol/Drugs:Drinking, drunkenness, scenes in bar, references to "terrible thirst"
Violence/Scariness:Fistfight. (Flashback to Sean's professional boxing career, in which he accidentally killed another boxer, the reason he is reluctant to fight in Ireland.) References to ability of married couples to hit each other.
Diversity Issues:A theme of the movie. Some prejudice against Sean as an American and an outsider. Very nice depiction of religious tolerance, as the Catholic priest tells his parishioners to pretend they are congregants of the Protestant minister, so he can impress his
Movie Release Date:1952
DVD Release Date:October 22, 2002

I grew up in Chicago, a city that really knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There’s the parade, of course, and every year they dye the Chicago River green. And every year WGN shows The Quiet Man, the unabashed love letter to Ireland made by director John Ford with John Wayne and Irish and Irish-American actors like Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald. Some people think the movie is sexist, but they ignore the movie’s key themes about how important it is for both men and women to believe that they bring something important to the relationship. In the words of Michaleen Oge Flynn (Barry Fitzgerald), it is about a love story that is impetuous and Homeric. It has passion, humor, glorious Technicolor, and one of the greatest fight scenes ever put on film. It’s a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.



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