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Barry Lyndon -- An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's position in 18th Century aristocracy.

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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Kubrick (written for the screen by)
William Makepeace Thackeray (novel)
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Release Date:
18 December 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
At long last Redmond Barry became a gentleman -- and that was his tragedy.
Plot:
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Lavish, engrossing, picaresque See more (346 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ryan O'Neal ... Barry Lyndon

Marisa Berenson ... Lady Honoria Lyndon
Patrick Magee ... Chevalier de Balibari

Hardy Krüger ... Captain Potzdorf (as Hardy Kruger)

Steven Berkoff ... Lord Ludd
Gay Hamilton ... Nora Brady
Marie Kean ... Barry's Mother
Diana Körner ... Lischen (as Diana Koerner)

Murray Melvin ... Reverend Samuel Runt
Frank Middlemass ... Sir Charles Lyndon

André Morell ... Lord Gustavus Adolphus Wendover (as Andre Morell)
Arthur O'Sullivan ... Captain Feeny, the Highwayman
Godfrey Quigley ... Captain Grogan

Leonard Rossiter ... Captain John Quin
Philip Stone ... Graham

Leon Vitali ... Lord Bullingdon

John Bindon ... Recruiting soldier
Roger Booth ... King George III
Billy Boyle ... Seamus Feeny
Jonathan Cecil ... Lt. Jonathan Fakenham
Peter Cellier ... Sir Richard
Geoffrey Chater ... Dr. Broughton
Anthony Dawes ... British Soldier
Patrick Dawson
Bernard Hepton
Anthony Herrick
Barry Jackson ... British Soldier
Wolf Kahler ... Prince of Tübingen

Pat Laffan (as Patrick Laffan)
Hans Meyer
Ferdy Mayne ... Colonel Bulow
David Morley ... Bryan Patrick Lyndon
Liam Redmond
Pat Roach ... Toole - Soldier in Fistfight
Dominic Savage ... Young Bullingdon
Frederick Schiller
George Sewell ... Barry's Second
Anthony Sharp ... Lord Hallam
John Sharp ... Doolan
Roy Spencer ... Horse Seller
John Sullivan
Harry Towb ... Innkeeper

Michael Hordern ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Gay ... Tailor (uncredited)
Vivian Kubrick ... Magic Show Spectator (uncredited)
Gary Taylor ... Barry's Fight Second (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Kubrick (written for the screen by)

William Makepeace Thackeray (novel "The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.")

Produced by
Jan Harlan .... executive producer
Stanley Kubrick .... producer
Bernard Williams .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
John Alcott (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Tony Lawson 
 
Casting by
James Liggat 
 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
 
Art Direction by
Roy Walker 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
Ulla-Britt Söderlund  (as Ulla-Britt Søderlund)
 
Makeup Department
Alan Boyle .... makeup artist
Ann Brodie .... makeup artist
Jill Carpenter .... makeup artist
Yvonne Coppard .... makeup artist
Barbara Daly .... makeup artist
Susie Hill .... hair stylist
Joyce James .... hair stylist
Leonard .... hair stylist
Leonard .... wig maker
Maude Onslow .... hair stylist (as Maud Onslow)
Daphne Vollmer .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Malcolm J. Christopher .... unit manager (as Malcolm Christopher)
Terence A. Clegg .... production manager (as Terence Clegg)
Don Geraghty .... unit manager
Rudolf Hertzog .... production manager: Germany
Douglas Twiddy .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian W. Cook .... assistant director (as Brian Cook)
Michael Stevenson .... assistant director
David Tomblin .... assistant director
Andy Armstrong .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gary White .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bill Beecham .... painter
Bill Brodie .... assistant art director
Richard Dicker .... drapesman
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser
Ken Dolbear .... property buyer
Mike Fowlie .... property master
Joe Lee .... construction manager
Cleo Nethersole .... drapesman
Jan Schlubach .... art director: Germany
Chris Seddon .... drapesman
Terry Wells .... property man
Cos Egan .... set dresser (uncredited)
Barry Wilkinson .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Akers .... assistant sound editor
Robin Gregory .... sound recordist
Rodney Holland .... sound editor
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Richard Daniel .... sound maintenance engineer (uncredited)
Michael Hickey .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy Scammell .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Bogue .... gaffer
Patrick Carey .... camera operator: second unit (as Paddy Carey)
Tony Cridlin .... camera grip
Ed Di Giulio .... special cinematographer
Laurie Frost .... assistant camera
Dodo Humphreys .... assistant camera
Douglas Milsome .... focus puller
Mike Molloy .... camera operator
Luke Quigley .... camera grip
Larry Smith .... chief electrician
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer (uncredited)
Micky Wilson .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gloria Barnes .... wardrobe assistant
Ron Beck .... wardrobe supervisor
Gary Dahms .... costume maker
Yvonne Dahms .... costume maker
Norman Dickens .... wardrobe assistant
Jack Edwards .... costume maker
Judy Lloyd-Rogers .... costume maker
Willy Rothery .... costume maker
Colin Wilson .... wardrobe assistant
Francis Wilson .... hats
 
Editorial Department
Dave Dowler .... color grader
Peter Krook .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor
Leonard Rosenman .... music adaptor
 
Other crew
Margaret Adams .... secretary to producer
Bob Anderson .... fencing coach
Bill Aylmore .... armorer
Ron Bareham .... assistant accountant
David Berglas .... advisor: gambling
Andros Epaminondas .... assistant to producer
Carolyn Hall .... assistant accountant
John Mollo .... historical advisor
Arthur Morgan .... location liaison
George Mossman .... horse master
Peter Munt .... wrangler
William O'Kelly .... location liaison (as Col. William O'Kelly)
Loretta Ordewer .... production secretary
Pat Pennelegion .... production secretary
June Randall .... continuity
Geraldine Stephenson .... choreographer
John Trehy .... production accountant
 
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Runtime:
184 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (1976) | France:Unrated | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Stanley Kubrick used to play the soundtrack's classical music during takes to get the actors in a better mood. He was reportedly influenced by Sergio Leone's method in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Barry and Bullingdon fight, there is a map of the world in the background, with a decorative picture of a steam train on it. The film is set in the 1700s, but the steam train was not invented until the 1820s.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[two figures visible on the horizon prepare to duel. Three witnesses stand between them]
Second:Gentlemen, cock your pistols! Gentlemen...
Narrator:Barry's father...
Second:...aim your pistols!
Narrator:...had been bred, like many other young sons of a genteel family, to the profession of the law.
Second:One!
Narrator:And there is no doubt he would've...
Second:Two!
Narrator:...made an eminent figure in his profession...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Rejected (2000)See more »
Soundtrack:
BRITISH GRENADIERS (fife and drum)See more »

FAQ

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What is Lady Lyndon's first name?
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74 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
Lavish, engrossing, picaresque, 6 February 2002
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

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Stanley Kubrick's beautifully opulent production takes many liberties with William Makepeace Thackeray's picaresque romance, The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq (1843), narrated in the first person depicting events from the eighteenth century. In particular, Redmond Barry who becomes Barry Lyndon, is something of an admirable rake, whereas in Thackeray's novel he is a braggart, a bully and a scoundrel. No matter. Kubrick, in keeping with a long-standing filmland tradition, certainly has license, and Thackeray won't mind.

Ryan O'Neal is the unlikely star, and he does a good job, rising from humble Irish origins to the decadence of titled wealth, employing a two-fisted competence in the manly arts, including some soldiering, some thievery at cards and a presumed consummate skill in the bedroom. Marisa Berenson plays Lady Lyndon, whom Barry has managed to seduce; and when her elderly husband dies, she marries Barry thus elevating his social and economic station in life. But Barry is rather clumsy at playing at peerage, and bit by bit manages to squander most of the Lyndon fortune until his stepson, Lord Bullingdon (Leon Vitali) grows old enough to do something about it.

This really is a gorgeous movie thanks to the exquisite sets and costumes and especially to John Alcott's dreamy cinematography and a fine score by Leonard Rosenman. The 184 minutes go by almost without notice as we are engrossed in the rise and fall of Barry's fortunes. There is fine acting support from Patrick Magee as the Chevalier de Balibari and Leonard Rossiter as Captain Quinn, and a number of lesser players, who through Kubrick's direction bring to life Europe around the time of the Seven Years War (1754-1763) when decadence and aristocratic privilege were still in full flower.

The script features two dueling scenes, the first showing the combatants firing at one another simultaneously at the drop of a white kerchief, the second has Barry and his stepson face each other ten paces apart, but due to the flip of a coin, the stepson fires first. Both scenes are engrossing as we see the loading of the pistols with powder, ball and ramrod, and we are able to note how heavy the pistols are and how difficult it must be to hit a silhouette at even a short distance. It is this kind of careful attention to directional detail that absorbs us in the action and makes veracious the story. Notice too the way the British soldiers march directly en mass toward the French guns. They actually used to fight battles that way! Also note the incredible pile of hair atop Lady Lyndon's head. Surely this is some kind of cinematic record.

Bottom line: one of Kubrick's best, certainly his most beautiful film.

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