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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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Christopher Jones ...
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Marie Kean ...
Mrs. McCardle
Arthur O'Sullivan ...
Mr. McCardle
Evin Crowley ...
Douglas Sheldon ...
Driver
Gerald Sim ...
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Des Keogh ...
Lanky private
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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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From MGM, producers of David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" See more »

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Rated R for a sex scene | See all certifications »

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1 January 1971 (UK)  »

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La hija de Ryan  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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David Lean ultimately fell out with Robert Mitchum to the extent that all communication between director and actor was carried out through Sarah Miles. Mitchum later compared working with the notoriously perfectionistic director to 'having to build a Taj Mahal out of toothpicks'. See more »

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The British army camp outside of the village has several Quonset or possibly Nissan huts. Neither style of hut was developed until early in WW2, about 1941 - 25 years after the setting for this movie. See more »

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[first lines]
Rosy Ryan: Give it over, Michael. Thanks.
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a captivating film
31 October 2001 | by (Zagreb, Croatia) – See all my reviews

The wonderfull scenery of Ireland comes alive in this often forgotten film by Lean. It is a story of denied passion and forgiving love.

I was mostly impressed by the performance of Christopher Jones as major Doryan, the officer who has a brief romance with Rose, he is obviously tormented by his experiences in the trenches and finds a bit of relief and shelter in the arms of the innocent Irish lady.

I highly recommend this movie to all who enjoy beautifull landscapes and drama.


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