Rent Ryan's Daughter (1970)

3.7 of 5 from 78 ratings
3h 17min
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Lovely, headstrong Rosy (Sarah Miles) cannot forsake her passionate romance with the handsome British officer (Christopher Jones). Yet there is a greater love - the devotion of her reserved schoolteacher husband Charles (Robert Mitchum), who stands by Rosy when her illicit affair leads to a charge of treason. Two honoured alumni of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago - director David Lean and screenwriter Robert Bolt - frame this brooding tale within the expansive beaches, craggy cliffs and heathered hills of Ireland's Dingle Peninsula.
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Robert Bolt
Stephen Grimes, Freddie Young, Gordon K McCallum, Gordon McCallum, Norman Savage, Winston Ryder, Jocelyn Rickards, Yvonne Crowley, John Bramall
British Films, Classics, Drama, Romance

1971 Oscar Best Supporting Actor

1971 Oscar Best Cinematography

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197 minutes
English, German, Spanish
Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
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  • 2 vintage documentaries
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  • Commentary by lady Sandra Lean, Sarah Miles, Petrine Day Mitchum (Robert Mitchum's daughter), assistant direcotr Michael Stevenson, second unit director Roy Stevens, art director Roy Walker, assistant editor Tony Lawson, location manager Eddie Fowlie, stuntman Vic Armstrong, biographer Stephen M. Silverman and directors John Boorman, Hugh Hudson and Richard Schickel
  • 2 Theatrical trailers

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A lot of effort for little reward - Ryan's Daughter review by DC

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I recently visited Dingle on the west coast of Ireland where this film was mainly shot so thought I would have another go at watching it all the way through (after a number of failed attempts in the past). It hasn't aged well. Yes, the scenery i.e all the stuff that's in the background, is absolutely stunning and brilliantly filmed - there's even a nod to the match scene in Lawrence of Arabia. As to the rest it's very turgid fare and miscast in a lot of roles - Robert Mitchum looks totally uncomfortable despite a reasonable Irish accent. There are no Irish actors at all as leads and the depiction of the locals is so stereotypical and at best insulting to Irish people. Trevor Howard (as a prototype Father Jack?) is good as the priest, however. Leo McKern is always reliable and I suppose John Mills should get some credit for his 'theatrical' performance of the village idiot. Sir David Lean was justifiably renowned as a visionary film director but he should have steered clear of sex scenes. Deary me! And, it's a long, long, long film! 3 hours, 24 mins the version I watched.

I think this film got some appalling reviews when it came out in 1970 and I'm afraid most are still merited. When you think of the absolute majesty of Lawrence of Arabia, Ryan's Daughter is a travesty. So, unless you're a film school student or just like the scenery on the west coast of Ireland and you can't get there to see it in person, then avoid, avoid, avoid!

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