Friday, May 20, 2011

The Quiet Man

It's hard to believe that John Wayne filmed this one after shooting Rio Bravo, where he played a scene-chewing pistoleer helping Dean Martin clean up a town.  And it's kind of strange watching Wayne in something that isn't a Western.

But here it is.

The Quiet Man isn't even an action movie.  At least, not until the legendary fight at the end of the movie.  It's a romance and a comedy of errors as an American marries an Irish woman and doesn't quite understand all the implications of the dowry her brother is supposed to pay for her.

The story is deep and moving, based on a short story by Maurice Walsh that was originally published in The Saturday Evening Post.

I'm posting it here, as a boxing blog, because it's a great little movie and has that tremendous boxing sequence at the end that has to be seen to be believed.

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