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The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic drama film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen and Barry Fitzgerald. It was based on a 1933 Saturday Evening Post short story by Maurice Walsh. The film is notable for its lush photography of the Irish countryside and the long, climactic, semi-comic fist fight between Wayne and McLaglen.
Sean Thornton (John Wayne), an Irish-American from Pittsburgh, returns to Ireland to reclaim his family's farm. He meets and falls in love with the fiery Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara), sister of the bullying, loud-mouthed landowner "Red" Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen). Danaher at first refuses to sanction the marriage until he is tricked into believing that a wealthy widow will not marry him unless Mary Kate leaves the house. After learning the truth on their wedding day, an enraged Will refuses to give his sister the full dowry to which she is entitled.
Sean couldn't care less, but Mary Kate is obsessed with obtaining her dowry. Enraged at Sean's reluctance to confront her brother, she regards him as a sniveling coward. The truth, however, is known only to one other person in the village, the Church of Ireland minister "Snuffy" Playfair (Arthur Shields). Sean was once a famous boxer in the United States under the name of "Trooper Thorn." After killing an opponent in the ring, he hung up his gloves and vowed never to fight again.
Later, in an attempt to force Sean to stand up to Red, Mary Kate leaves him...