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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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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

Christopher Jones was dubbed by Julian Holloway. 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 »


Soundtracks

Allegro con brio
From "Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67"
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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An outstanding piece of cinema
13 April 2000 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

David Lean's production of "Ryan's Daughter"is an outstanding piece of cinematic artistry. It's a romantic drama set in a small village on the Irish coastline. The mood of the villagers is as changeable as the waves that crash upon the shore. David Lean uses the sea for dramatic effect as he alternates between the village people and the sea itself. John Mills as Michael the inquisitive village idiot is superb as we watch him play with a box of explosives. Sarah Miles plays Rosy torn between the love for her Irish schoolteacher husband (Robert Mitchum) and an unbridled passion for a newly arrived British officer (Christopher Jones). Village gossip virtually destroys Rosy's life. Trevor Howard as the local much-respected priest gives a compelling performance as one who tries to keep the peace in a troubled village. The shell-shocked officer with dreadful memories of his time in the trenches in France has a distinct presence on screen. His part requires little dialogue, the emotions being portrayed through eye and body language. Some of the loveliest scenes I thought were those of the high cliffs and broad beaches where Rosy often walked alone with the incoming tide.Unfortunately footprints in the sand can reveal the most intimate secrets! The wild storm in which the locals attempt to salvage boxes of ammunition from a shipwreck in raging seas is one of the most realistic and exciting sequences I have seen. We are reminded constantly in the film that the sea is the dominant player. Photography, sound effects and music blend into a perfect whole. In one word...a winner!


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