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Ryan's Daughter (1970)

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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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A story of love. Filmed by David Lean. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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GP | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La hija de Ryan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,358
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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

Robert Mitchum was widely felt to be badly miscast as a timid, frigid Irish schoolteacher. Director Sir David Lean believed that casting against type made movies more interesting. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

The Irish theatrical release (rated 16) trimmed the woodland sex scene. The DVD is uncut with a 15 certificate. See more »


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Allegro con brio
From "Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, (aka 'Heroic Symphony)"
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A victim of mistaken expectations
24 August 2004 | by david-greene5See all my reviews

It is such a major tragedy that one of the greatest directors in the history of film, David Lean was so savaged by the critics after pouring vast stores of time, energy and devotion into this production. It has long been clear to me why "Ryan's Daughter" was so poorly received. After Lean's previous epics, everyone was certain that, with all the time and money that went into this film, and with its lengthy running time, it would simply have to be a similar type of show. When people bring such expectations to a movie and are confronted with something so daringly different, they often focus on what they didn't see and miss the virtue of the picture they saw. This film is too "slow", too absorbed with the subtle dynamics of the interaction between its characters for a viewer who is burning to see vast battle scenes, mighty parades and mobs of extras caught up in violent historical struggles. The "spectacle" in this film (and spectacle it is indeed) comes from the exquisite widescreen lensing of stunning Irish coastal scenery. The fabulous storm sequence with villagers battling raging surf in their efforts to retrieve floating contraband is, in my opinion, unmatched in all the thousands of movies I have seen. The drama of the central characters' lives and the depiction of the way the eternal conflicts that continue to trouble their nation work to destroy normal existence for them....this all works for me. I guess there are going to be many who just can't buy into the whole thing, but I can only feel sorry for them. To me, Lean did create an epic here, but not the traditional kind that everyone came to see. It is a "feast-for-the-eyes", intimate epic of the tumultuous emotional life of a little village caught in a swirl of hatred, suspicion, prejudice and seething conflict with an occupying army. One of my dearest hopes is that I may live to see a handsome DVD release of this splendid masterpiece before too much more time elapses. It should NEVER be viewed in some pan-and-scan edition on an ordinary TV! Seen this way with all that glorious cinematography cropped and miniaturized, "Ryan's Daughter" could indeed be seen as a failure. I always wonder how many magnificent David Lean films we will never see as a result of the unproductive years that resulted from the crushing effect on the director of the widespread rejection of this wonderful creation. What a travesty!


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