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 ...
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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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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm optical prints)| (35 mm magnetic prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the final British film to be shot in 65 mm until Hamlet (1996), in which John Mills (Michael) also appeared, 26 years later. 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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30 September 2004 | by (Lochawe, Scotland) – See all my reviews

The art of David Lean in making film masterpieces from the 1940s to this last epic in 1970 is now a forgotten talent. Lean was the best at producing cinema that really was for the cinema. You can feel the cameras rolling, the scenes moving at a pace moviegoers can absorb and thrill to. Ryan's Daughter belongs with the best of Lean, and has long been underrated. The acting is wonderful - John Mills is outstanding, Leo McKern and Trevor Howard impeccable, Sarah Miles and Robert Mitchum excellent with just the right amount of awkwardness the parts require. Christopher Jones gave just the right amount of weight to the shell-shocked, traumatised World War I survivor of the trenches. The scenery lent itself to panoramic filming and the storm was a fantastic achievement on film for the period.

Unfortunately, Lean's epics don't come over half so well on the small screen. I wish we could see all these films again in the cinema. I saw the revival of Gone With The Wind in 1968 in a big London cinema and it was marvelous. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago, and Ryan's Daughter again on the big screen?

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