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Ryan's Daughter (1970)

GP | | Drama, 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.

Director:

David Lean

Writer:

Robert Bolt (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Charles
Trevor Howard ... Father Collins
Christopher Jones ... Major Doryan
John Mills ... Michael
Leo McKern ... Thomas Ryan
Sarah Miles ... Rosy
Barry Foster ... Tim O'Leary
Marie Kean ... Mrs. McCardle
Arthur O'Sullivan Arthur O'Sullivan ... Mr. McCardle
Evin Crowley ... Moureen
Douglas Sheldon ... Driver
Gerald Sim ... Captain
Barry Jackson ... Corporal
Des Keogh Des Keogh ... Lanky private
Niall Toibin ... O'Keefe
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Storyline

World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy (Sarah Miles) 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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La hija de Ryan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,846,306, 31 December 1971
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(general release) | (roadshow/DVD)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Features the only Oscar nominated performances of Sarah Miles and Sir John Mills (for which he won Best Actor in a Supporting Role). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rosy Ryan: Give it over, Michael. Thanks.
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Alternate Versions

The general release version omits the Overture, Intermission, and Exit Music, bringing the running time down to 195 minutes. The roadshow version is what appears on most laserdisc and VHS releases, along with the DVD version. See more »

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It's a Long Way to Tipperary
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Opinions certainly run the proverbial gamut on this one!
23 April 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

My goodness! So many comments...so many different takes on what was surely David Lean's most arduous labor of cinematic love! I won't add my "two cents" except to say that I thought Robert Mitchum gave one of his all-time best performances (and that includes his remarkable tour-de-force in "Night of the Hunter"); Sarah Miles, whom I usually found rather grating and tiresome, was quite convincing under Lean's tutelage; the cinematography by the esteemed Freddie Young was more than gorgeous; and, once again, Maurice Jarre's music was jarring, something I'd rather have done without. (Sorry!)

When I saw this during its first-run engagement in Beverly Hills, California, I was in the company of my parents and an elderly lady who was on the staff at my place of employment. She was quite a grande dame in her way; had lived quite a colorful life with her paramour in the English colony in Florence, Italy many years before; had vacationed on the Isle of Capri where she had befriended, among other famous people, the beloved British entertainer, Gracie Fields; and, when this film was released, was living alone in a Hollywood apartment within walking distance of our office. I tremendously enjoyed providing her with a bit of getting out-and-about and she was very appreciative of our occasional moviegoing "dates." At intermission in the hushed lobby, surrounded by mostly well-dressed patrons (Those were the days!), in her very properly accented King's English, she loudly proclaimed her admiration for the breasts of Miss Miles (the erotic tryst in the forest having preceded intermission.) I thought my mother, still suffering from an overly prudish Boston (Massachusetts) Irish-American Catholic upbringing, would have liked to disappear under the theater lobby's plush carpeting. My father and I exchanged amused smiles, however, as our worldly companion was off on another subject, probably a story of her fondly remembered sojourn in pre-WWII Italy.


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