The Quiet Man

1952 NR 2h 9m DVD

The Quiet Man

1952 NR 2h 9m DVD
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Retired boxer Sean Thornton makes a pilgrimage to his home village in Ireland in order to claim his family's estate. He meets his match in the spirited young Mary Kate Danaher only to find himself confronted by her belligerent brother and the town's strict customs.
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, Barry Fitzgerald, Mildred Natwick, Francis Ford
John Ford
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that some critics have claimed that this is an anti-feminist movie, but that is a very superficial perspective. There's a 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. 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 bishop with how many members he has in his congregation. Brief references to a (non-violent) IRA.

Sexual Content

References (fairly subtle) to the fact that Mary Kate and Sean do not sleep together following their wedding.


Fist-fighting, but very mild by modern interpretations.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Some prejudice against Sean as an American and an outsider.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A lot of drinking in pubs, references to Michaeleen's "terrible thirst," drunkenness.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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