Ryan's Daughter (1970)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  1 January 1971 (UK)
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Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Jones ...
Marie Kean ...
Mrs. McCardle
Arthur O'Sullivan ...
Mr. McCardle
Evin Crowley ...
Douglas Sheldon ...
Gerald Sim ...
Des Keogh ...
Lanky private


World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback riding on the beach with the young English officer. There was a magnetic attraction between them the day he was the only customer in her father's pub and Rosy was tending bar for the first time since her marriage to the village schoolmaster. Then one stormy night some Irish revolutionaries expecting a shipment of guns arrive at Ryan's pub. Is it Rosy who betrays them to the British? Will Shaugnessy take Father Collin's advice? Is the pivotal role that of the village idiot who is mute? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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A story of love. Filmed by David Lean. See more »


Drama | History | Romance

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Rated R for a sex scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 January 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La hija de Ryan  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


While filming on the coast Lean and the camera crew were plagued by spray from the Atlantic ocean landing on the lens and ruining each take. Cinematographer Freddie Young asked the Panavision camera company if they could do anything about it. Their engineers designed a spinning disc that fitted in front of the lens and was in sync with the camera shutter which solved the problem. See more »


When Trevor Howard (priest) goes in search of the distressed Robert Mitchum (schoolteacher) he leaves the schoolhouse carrying a bundle of clothes and the schoolteacher's black leather boots. Later, when he discovers the schoolteacher on a rocky shoreline the priest is still carrying the clothes and boots. However, during the search, the priest is stopped on a beach by British soldiers; at this point the priest is in possession of the clothes but not the boots. See more »


[first lines]
Rosy Ryan: Give it over, Michael. Thanks.
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Referenced in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »


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A victim of mistaken expectations
24 August 2004 | by (North Huntingdon, PA, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

It is such a major tragedy that one of the greatest directors in the history of film, David Lean was so savaged by the critics after pouring vast stores of time, energy and devotion into this production. It has long been clear to me why "Ryan's Daughter" was so poorly received. After Lean's previous epics, everyone was certain that, with all the time and money that went into this film, and with its lengthy running time, it would simply have to be a similar type of show. When people bring such expectations to a movie and are confronted with something so daringly different, they often focus on what they didn't see and miss the virtue of the picture they saw. This film is too "slow", too absorbed with the subtle dynamics of the interaction between its characters for a viewer who is burning to see vast battle scenes, mighty parades and mobs of extras caught up in violent historical struggles. The "spectacle" in this film (and spectacle it is indeed) comes from the exquisite widescreen lensing of stunning Irish coastal scenery. The fabulous storm sequence with villagers battling raging surf in their efforts to retrieve floating contraband is, in my opinion, unmatched in all the thousands of movies I have seen. The drama of the central characters' lives and the depiction of the way the eternal conflicts that continue to trouble their nation work to destroy normal existence for them....this all works for me. I guess there are going to be many who just can't buy into the whole thing, but I can only feel sorry for them. To me, Lean did create an epic here, but not the traditional kind that everyone came to see. It is a "feast-for-the-eyes", intimate epic of the tumultuous emotional life of a little village caught in a swirl of hatred, suspicion, prejudice and seething conflict with an occupying army. One of my dearest hopes is that I may live to see a handsome DVD release of this splendid masterpiece before too much more time elapses. It should NEVER be viewed in some pan-and-scan edition on an ordinary TV! Seen this way with all that glorious cinematography cropped and miniaturized, "Ryan's Daughter" could indeed be seen as a failure. I always wonder how many magnificent David Lean films we will never see as a result of the unproductive years that resulted from the crushing effect on the director of the widespread rejection of this wonderful creation. What a travesty!

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