Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Quiet Man...Another Take on the Story

With St. Patrick's day just around the corner, it is time to look in the cabinet and find the DVD of one of my favorite movies of all time, The Quiet Man. A young, very handsome John Wayne, a young, very beautiful Maureen O'Hara, the beautiful Irish countryside, a fun, romantic story with perhaps the greatest fight scene of all time...and a great fun fight scene it is...what is not to like? There is nothing not to like I tell ye!

Fans of the movie will be happy to hear that, according to a story in the Irish Times, there is going to be a movie made, set in the village of Cong during the filming of the movie. The story will be about a fictional romance between a young woman from the village and one of director Ford's assistants.

Some very big and impressive names have signed on for the project, including former James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore, Aidan Quinn, Stacy Keach and Geraldine Chaplin. Sarah Bolger (In America) and Thomas Dekker (Sarah Connor Chronicles) will star as the love struck couple. And, of course there will be a starring role by the village of Cong and the beautiful countryside of the west of Ireland.
" In a statement issued by Fáilte Ireland, Moore said he was very excited to be part of a “delightful project”.

“ The Quiet Man was undoubtedly the best movie John Ford ever directed. It is also one of my all-time favourite films,” he said.

“The opportunity to revisit the time when Hollywood arrived in Ireland to shoot it was simply too delicious an opportunity to miss.”
Delightful indeed. As the article on Irish Fireside, who I also have to thanks for telling us about this, said, the only thing that could make this better would be a cameo appearance by the still lovely Maureen O'Hara herself in the film.


  1. Wow, I hadn't heard about this. Thanks! Was Sarah Bolger the mother in In America? I love that movie. And I love The Quiet Man.

  2. I do Maureen O'Hara's official website. Please have a visit. We've been published on-line since 1994 and there are current photos and stories about Maureen. Just Google "Maureen O'Hara Magazine."

  3. Thank you for that info Junebug..I am off to check it out at once.

  4. Mary, she played the daughter Christy according to IMDb. After all, it was 8 years ago...

  5. How fun! "The Quiet Man" is my dad's favorite movie -- one of those things where I watched it dozens of times as a kid and hated it, but now love it too, especially for the family memories. Wonder if he'll like the meta-version. With a cast like that, though, I think there's a good chance.

  6. I love the Quiet Man. My stepdad and I have watched it together many, many times. As long as they don't dare make a sequel or a remake, I'd be interested in this new movie.

  7. This won't be a remake. It is adapted from a novel written back in the early 1990s by Steve Mayhew. I ordered the book on Amazon and tried to read it, but just couldn't really get into. The story is about a young Irish girl who lived in the village of Cong when the movie crew landed and how it affected their lives. She falls in love with the first assistant director. I have no idea how they are going to depict John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, etc. Whether they will do long distance shots; or shots of them from the back; or maybe computer generated graphics of some kind.

    The movie company formed to do the film is from Belfast so it will be an Irish interpretation of that story. It will be interesting to see what they come up with.


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