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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 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 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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GP | See all certifications »

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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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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

MGM was expecting the film to repeat the huge success of Doctor Zhivago (1965), and unveiled it with a suitably lavish publicity campaign and roadshow release. Unfortunately, the movie was roundly savaged by critics, who typically complained it was too big a scale for its modest love story. David Lean took this criticism extremely personally; at a meeting of New York film critics he was confronted by Pauline Kael, Richard Schickel and others who seemingly took delight in insulting the film. It eventually turned a profit, but fell short of MGM's hopes for a massive blockbuster. Lean was so hurt by this, he wouldn't make another film for 14 years. See more »

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As he is driving Major Doryan to the camp, the corporal asks him if he had been in the Second Battle of the Marne. The Second Battle of the Marne was fought in July and August of 1918 near the end of WWI while events in Ryan's Daughter are set in 1916 not long after the Easter Rising. See more »

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[first lines]
Rosy Ryan: Give it over, Michael. Thanks.
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From "Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, (aka 'Heroic Symphony)"
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Sadly forgotten beautiful epic.
22 March 2001 | by piciciciSee all my reviews

It's one of the most underrated, but one of the most beautiful epic that ever put on screen. It's directed by David Lean, who made 'The Bridge on the River Kwai', 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Doctor Zhivago' before and this film ranks up with his previous works. I can only write about this film in superlatives. Foremost the photography - another excellent work by Freddie Young - honoured with an Academy Award, and the acting by John Mills, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his outstanding performance as the dumb fisherman. But I would have awarded Sarah Miles (she's "just" nominated for the Best Actress Oscar). Robert Mitchum has never been better, he fills the widow village teacher's character with life. Also great performances by the supporting cast - the aged Trevor Howard as the priest, and Ryan, the two-faced village pub owner, who risks his daughter's life when the villagers abusing her. It's one of the most disgusting character I've ever seen. Robert Bolt's original screenplay is also one of the most complex story I've ever seen. It' as good as the screenplay of 'Doctor Zhivago' which was honoured with an Academy Award and also written by Robert Bolt. This is a film about an outstanding love at an unbearable period of history between an English officer and an Irish woman. It's about sensitivity, courage, hope, admiring and collaborating. The story is so complex, that it's almost impossible to summarize in few words, so I would like to draw the attention to some WONDERFUL scenes: the love scene between the two young lovers, full of symbols and sensitively photographed. It's the most poetic love scene ever. The other beautiful scene is when Robert Mitchum finds his wife's and her lover's footsteps in the beach sand, follows them, imagines what could have happened between the two lovers and becomes sure, that his wife has got another man in her life. And finally of course the storm scene, when the villagers try to save the weapons from the stormy sea. This enormously powerful scene with those poetic scenes above are my favourites in the movie, but the whole movie is full of wonderful scenes and the 3 hours long film remains a religious experience until the last minute.

Last but not least I have to mention the score which can be explained perfectly in 4 words: made by Maurice Jarre. Could be jungle, desert, Russian winter or wild Irish landscapes David Lean always knew how to use these locations to tell his stories. It's pity, that he didn't make any movies until 1984, because of the bad critics. Waste of talent and genius.


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