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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charles
... Father Collins
... Major Doryan
... Michael
... Thomas Ryan
... Rosy
... Tim O'Leary
... Mrs. McCardle
Arthur O'Sullivan ... Mr. McCardle
... Moureen
... Driver
Gerald Sim ... Captain
... Corporal
Des Keogh ... Lanky private
... 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 »

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Drama | Romance

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1 January 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La hija de Ryan  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,846,306, 31 December 1971
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(general release) | (roadshow/DVD)

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

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(Metrocolor)

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2.20 : 1
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John Mills told the story that he took delivery of a new Rolls-Royce convertible during the filming. He took it for a drive while completely made up for his role as Michael. He was stopped by the police and had to prove his identity. 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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Soundtracks

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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Human longing for life, bare and simple on the screen
16 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie. Saw it again last night on the big, wide screen at the Astor, from a beautiful new print. There is much to deserve love: the artistry of the film making; unspeakably fine cinematography; superb use of music and sound (hearing nothing but the wind in the trees during the forest scene is breathlessly sensual); and major and minor characters who each in their own way reflect the eternal enigma of human longing for life and transcendence. The film's evocation of human lives caught up in the inexorable forces of nature and history at this particular moment and place is profoundly arresting. There's a timelessness about this movie which makes the criticisms I've heard - about miscasting, stiff acting and the like - melt away into irrelevance, or even shows them to be virtues. I love the way the film maintains narrative integrity but has a foreordained, mythical quality as well: the overwhelming, all-penetrating power of nature and fate seems to make the human doings at once piercingly real and immediate, yet disconnected, almost surreal. But the touches of humour and sharp, immediate visual detail (often wittily drawn from the visual history of paintings and caricatures of village life) save us from any kind of authorial portent or angst: the greatest wonder of this artful work is that there is nothing between us and the story, except perhaps the icy whip of the ocean wind gainst our faces. The range of characters both in kind and in how we experience them is enlivening - from the formidably down to earth Father Collins, to the captivatingly tragic and symbolic figure of Doryan. And Michael the retarded angel is the ultimate figure of grace.


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