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The Quiet Man

A film directed and produced by John Ford in 1952. In was mostly filmed on location in Ireland and starred John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald. It was nominated for 7 Academy Awards and won two – including Best Director – the fourth and last such for Ford.

Genre

Romantic Comedy

Plot Synopsis

In the late 1940s, an American prizefighter who has retired, moves back to the land of his birth, Ireland. He relocates to the small village in which he was born and attempts to settle into his new way of life and learn how his customs differ from those of the natives.

Fun Facts

In the clip Maureen O’Hara goes to slap John Wayne but he blocks the slap with his hand. In actuality, O’Hara broke her wrist during the filming but continued and finished the scene.
The cast of the film includes the elder brother of the director and his son-in-law, two of John Wayne’s sons and two of his daughters, two of Maureen O’Hara’s brothers and Barry Fitzgerald’s brother.

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The Quiet Man

Movie

Gettysburg

Filmed in 1993, Gettysburg is based on the historical novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. It was adapted for the screen and directed by Robert Maxwell. The movie, at 254 minutes, is one of the longest films ever released by a major US studio.
It stars Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott and Stephen Lang.

Genre

Historical Epic

Plot Synopsis

The story of the Battle of Gettysburg, the pivotal battle fought from July 1 – July 3, 1863, which ultimately determined the outcome of the American Civil War. The story is told from the viewpoints of several of the key figures of the battle including Robert E. Lee (Martin Sheen), James Longstreet (Tom Berenger) and George Pickett (Stephen Lang) on the Confederate side and John Buford (Sam Elliott) and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) on the Union side.

Fun Facts

Gettysburg was partly filmed on the actual site of the 1863 battle, the first time the US National Parks Service ever allowed that to happen. The bulk of the scenes were filmed on a nearby farm. A re-enactment of the battle takes place on the weekend of July 4th every year (the actual battle ended on July 3rd, 1863) and many of the re-enactors returned for the filming of the movie.
Ted Turner, head of the studio has a cameo in the movie as does Ken Burns, the creator of an epic 11-hour PBS series on the Civil War.

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Gettysburg

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