Ryan's Daughter

Ryan's Daughter

Robert Mitchum
Director: David Lean Cast: Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
, Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
, Sarah Miles
Sarah Miles
David Lean

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The logic behind inflating Robert Bolt's minimalist romantic drama Ryan's Daughter into a 12-million-dollar epic seems to have been "When David Lean directs, it's a super-spectacular." Sarah Miles (who at the time was married to Robert Bolt) stars as Rosy, the daughter of Irish pub keeper Tom Ryan (Leo McKern). Married to tweedy, sexless schoolmaster Charles Shaughnessy (Robert Mitchum), restless Rosy has an affair with British officer Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones). When village idiot Michael (an Oscar-winning turn by John Mills) innocently uncovers evidence of Rosy's indiscretion, the local gossips begin wagging their tongues. Shaughnessy chooses to remain above the scandal, assuming that Rosy will come to her senses. Later, Rosy's father informs on a group of IRA insurgents, hoping to keep the peace in his village. The locals assume that Rosy, still enamored of Doryan, is the informer, and exact a humiliating punishment. Realizing that his very presence has caused disgrace for Rosy, Doryan kills himself. For Rosy and Shaughnessy, life goes on...not happily ever after, just ever after. The film was lensed on location in Ireland by frequent Lean collaborator Freddie Young.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2006
UPC: 0012569517028
Original Release: 1970
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 3:26:00
Sales rank: 7,941

Special Features

Closed Caption; The Making of Ryan's Daughter; A 3- part 35th-Anniversary Documentary; Ryan's Daughter: Storm Rising; Ryan's Daughter: Storm Chaser; Ryan's Daughter: The Eye of the Storm; ; 2 Vintage Documentarire; We're the last of the traveling circuses; Ryan's Daughter: A story of love; ; Commentary by:; Lady Sandra Lean, Sarah Miles,; Petrine Day Mitchum (Robert Mitchum's Daughter), Assistant; director 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; ; New digital transfer from restored 65mm picture and Audio elements; ; Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; ; 1 Theatrical trailers; ; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Charles Shaughnessy
Trevor Howard Father Collins
Sarah Miles Rosy
Christopher Jones Randolph Droyan
John Mills Michael
Leo McKern Tom Ryan
Barry Foster Tim O'Leary
Owen O'Sullivan Peter
Marie Kean Mrs. McCardle
Evin Crowley Moureen
Barry Jackson Corporal
Douglas Sheldon Driver
Ed O'Callaghan Bernard
Philip O'Flynn Paddy
Niall O'Brien Joseph
Niall Toibin O'Keefe
Emmet Bergin Sean
May Cluskey Storekeeper
Des Keogh Lanky Private
Brian O'Higgins Constable O'Connor
Pat Layde Policeman
Archie O'Sullivan McCardle
Gerald Sim Captain

Technical Credits
David Lean Director
Robert Bolt Screenwriter
John Bramall Sound/Sound Designer
Denys Coop Cinematographer
Michael Curb Songwriter
Mack David Songwriter
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Anthony Havelock-Allan Producer
Bob Huke Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
Charles Parker Makeup
Jocelyn Rickards Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Savage Editor
Roy Stevens Associate Producer
Michael Stevenson Asst. Director
Pedro Vidal Asst. Director
Roy Walker Art Director
Freddie Young Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ryan's Daughter
1. Overture [4:00]
2. Sunrise Credits [2:41]
3. Parasol Lost and Found [3:19]
4. Bit o' Fun [3:34]
5. Fit for Rosy [2:37]
6. Beach Companions [5:28]
7. Report on the Troubles [3:01]
8. Wanted [6:54]
9. Killing the Constable [4:13]
10. Expecting Wings [3:45]
11. Great Talkers [2:24]
12. The Nuptials [5:34]
13. Newlyweds Alone [6:50]
14. Stuck in a Groove [5:24]
15. What More? [4:19]
16. Major Doryan Arrives [4:22]
17. No One Knows [6:04]
18. Shell-Shocked Encounter [2:09]
19. Instant Attraction [4:57]
20. In Each Other's Thoughts [2:50]
21. Meeting at the Tower [4:53]
22. Love in the Forest [3:48]
23. Never Unfaithful? [8:20]
24. Intermission [4:01]
Disc #2 -- Ryan's Daughter
25. Entr'Acte [2:33]
26. Suspicion on the Beach [6:06]
27. Michael's Pantomime [6:17]
28. No Confessions or Confidences [3:07]
29. Evidence [3:25]
30. Approaching Storm [2:34]
31. Tim O'Leary's Gang [4:46]
32. Why Have You Done This? [2:36]
33. Rallying to the Beach [3:27]
34. Retrieving the Arms [7:32]
35. Doryan's Target [3:03]
36. Get Out of My Country [2:36]
37. Overnight Reunion [1:08]
38. Walkouts [3:17]
39. Finding Charles [3:55]
40. Separate Ways [4:52]
41. The Informer [3:31]
42. The Mob's Wrath [2:42]
43. They Wanted It So [5:46]
44. Ammunition Stash [3:15]
45. The Explosion [3:35]
46. Not Sure They Come Better [2:34]
47. Leaving Kirrary [5:41]
48. Parting Gift [1:32]
49. Cast List [3:54]
50. Exit Music [3:20]

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Ryan's Daughter 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, it's David Lean at his most self-indulgent, but RYAN'S DAUGHTER contains so much that is superb that the movie's flaws (and there are many) fall, if not by the wayside, then temporarily into cinematographer Freddie young's gorgeous seascapes. It is only after viewing the film that plot inconsistencies and character motivations become somewhat suspect. The movie was savaged by many critics upon its initial release (probably the worst reviewed film of Lean's distinguished career) mostly because all the time and expense in making it produced what seemed to appear as an inconsequential tale buried under the trappings of a costly production with a running time of 192 minutes. The story of a lustful irish lass who idolizes her former school teacher, a middle-aged widower (superbly played by Robert Mitchum), marries him and then goes on to have an affair with the newly appointed commander of the local British garrison would make for an interesting two hour movie at the most. RYAN'S DAUGHTER lasts nearly as long as DOCTOR ZHIVAGO and the film's dramatic impact is compromised by it's killer length. Nevertheless, if this movie is a failure, it is a grand one. Steeped in romanticism, well acted, brilliantly photographed and scored and last but not least directed by David Lean with his own signature view of the world, RYAN'S DAUGHTER is some kind of ersatz classic: not the 24 carat success Lean hoped it would be but still a testament to his incredible directorial skills.
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Should be on DVD!!!!! Why isn't it????
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Ryan's Daughter', a film to be seen ONLY on a giant wide screen, may have suffered so much negative reaction from critics because they were expecting another 'cast-of-thousands' super-spectacle similar to previous David Lean efforts. The film is actually a much more intimate sort of drama. The 'spectacular' elements are the glorious scenic and meteorological visuals that form the backdrop for this moving tale. Why this gem is not available on a widescreen DVD is a sad little mystery. Serious home-theater buffs are in for a great treat if it ever comes out in this format!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spectacular photography in the David Lean tradition. The story is compelling and timeless. Needs to be reformatted into DVD to appreciate the greatness of this movie over looked by the ctitics. I rate it as David Lean's masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why can't we have this incredible film on DVD?????? It seems to be the kind of film that DVD and surround sound was invented for! Can you imagine the storm and the music in surround sound???? Please??????????????
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome movie; large in scope yes, but in an old world intimate way. Needs to be released on DVD. Best non-computer generated storm on film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
critics hated Lean because of his genius and old-fashioned romanticism
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a thought provoking movie that studies the pychology of human nature.It has beautiful scenery, a phenomenal cast, and a fabulous story of passion, desire, and love in the midst of political turmoil. I've seen it a dozen times and still find something new in it each time. Sara Miles is wonderful as the confused young woman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My headline states it all. This is an extremely intriguing movie of beautiful landscapes, passion and romance with an edge, war-time period, and humanity and the problems there-in. I saw this when it first came out in the early 70s, and it still remains my favorite.