YMMV / The Quiet Man

  • Adaptation Displacement: Few people have read the short story The Green Rushes the film is based on.
    • The story was later bundled into an anthology titled The Quiet Man and Other Stories so that people can find it.
  • Award Snub:
    • The part of Thornton was practically John Wayne's first role as a romantic lead, and while he's pretty much acting as JOHN WAYNE, he's surprisingly good as the romantic-at-heart Sean Thorton. That he wasn't even nominated for Best Actor stands as a minor injustice.
    • Maureen O'Hara - in her finest moment as Fiery Redhead was snubbed for Best Actress as well.
    • The Best Picture nomination was nice, but the film lost to The Greatest Show on Earth? Granted, they were also up against High Noon and Moulin Rougenote .
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Maureen O'Hara had the music from this film, her favorite of her own work, played while on her deathbed. George A. Romero, likewise.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Thorton petitions the Widow Tillane (Mildred Natwick) to buy back "White O'Morning" property, the Widow Tillane quizzes him on his motives, joking that he was going to convert the farm into "a national shrine, perhaps charge tuppence a visit for a guided tour through the little thatched cottage." In Real Life, the community where the filming took place in County Mayo, Ireland — has kept up the film sets, including that cottage, for the waves of tourists who come to visit.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: The film lays on the Irish stereotypes thick, but it's beloved in Ireland. It's viewed as a Christmas classic and is frequently played on TV.
  • Special Effect Failure: It's clear that every time he gets water thrown in his face, they had John Wayne dub "Thanks" in a sarcastic tone during post-production.
  • Tear Jerker: The flashback to Thorton killing his opponent in the boxing ring. The horrified look on John Wayne's face was an incredible piece of acting on his part, while the rest of the scene is filled with understated on-lookers showing no expression at all.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Jokes about drunken Irishmen and the threat of domestic violence were perfectly acceptable back then.
    • Although Sean is twice handed a stick to hit Mary with and throws it away both times, the extended scene where he drags her five miles back to town is hard to view in a romantic light now. He drags her by the wrist while she's visibly exhausted, and when she stumbles or loses her shoes, he grabs her by the collar of her jacket and drags her along the ground (which happens several times), and at the end of it flings her roughly at her brother. This humiliating treatment happens in front of the entire town, too. And the town loves it. Especially the old woman who gave John the stick in the first place.