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  • Actors: Sarah Miles, Robert Mitchum, Christopher Jones, John Mills, Trevor Howard
  • Directors: David Lean
  • Producers: Anthony Havelock-Allan
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, German, English, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Feb. 2006
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CDINXG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,272 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ireland, 1916. Rosie Ryan (Sarah Miles), a young woman trapped in passionless marriage to an older schoolteacher (Robert Mitchum), begins an affair with a shell-shocked English soldier (Christopher Jones), provoking gossip and gaining a reputation as a traitor to the Nationalist cause. Directed by David Lean, 'Ryan's Daughter' won Oscars for Freddie Young's cinematography and John Mills' memorable performance as the village idiot.

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Lovely, headstrong Rosy (Sarah Miles) cannot forsake her passionate romance with the handsome British officer (Christopher Jones). Yet there isa 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 honored 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. Freddie Young's lush cinematographyand John Mills' memorable portrayal of a town simpleton won Academy Awards.* The remarkable movie containing them casts a haunting spell.

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
David Lean's earthy drama takes place in a small village on the wild Irish seacoast. World War I is raging in Europe, but the villagers have their own war - against the British soldiers who are camped nearby. Teenager Rose Ryan (Sarah Miles), has a schoolgirl crush on her middle-aged teacher (Robert Mitchum) and dreams of becoming his wife. When they do marry, she is immediately disillusioned and seeks passion in the arms of the enemy, English Major Doryan (Christopher Jones).
Sarah Miles is perfect as the willful and conflicted young girl, and Mitchum, though an odd casting choice, is convincing as her kindly husband. Trevor Howard gives a wonderful performance as the town priest who knows everybody's business, and John Mills certainly deserved his Best Supporting Actor Oscar, playing a pitiful mute.
The rough and wild coast is beautifully photographed in the director's sweeping style, and Maurice Jarre's soundtrack is haunting. I was enchanted by this movie when it first came out, and still find it a lovely, sensual, and impressive film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Ray Cyrus on 16 Aug. 2008
Format: VHS Tape
I caught this classic recently on TV. It is a strange storm -tossed dream of a movie from 1970; a tale of a troubled romance featuring Robert Mitchum and Sarah Miles. David Lean's visionary leanings run off the hook with symbolic weather and flora, Mitchum's solid, lonely turn is all there is to hang onto.

I can only write about this film in superlatives. Foremost the photography - another excellent work by Freddie Young - honoured with an Academy Award, and the acting by John Mills, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his outstanding performance as the dumb fisherman. But I would have awarded Sarah Miles (she was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar). Robert Mitchum has never been better, he fills the widow village teacher's character with life.

Robert Bolt's original screenplay is also one of the most complex story I've ever seen. It is as good as the screenplay of 'Doctor Zhivago' which was honoured with an Academy Award and also written by Robert Bolt. This is a film about an outstanding love at an unbearable period of history between an English officer and an Irish woman in British occupied Ireland. It's about sensitivity, courage and hope. The story is so complex, that it's almost impossible to summarise in few words, and it contains some wonderful scenes: the love scene between the two young lovers, full of symbols and sensitively photographed. It's the most poetic love scene ever.

The other beautiful scene is when Robert Mitchum finds his wife's and her lover's footsteps in the beach sand, follows them, imagines what could have happened between the two lovers and becomes sure, that his wife has got another man in her life. And finally of course the storm scene, when the villagers try to save the weapons from the stormy sea.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Webster on 16 Aug. 2006
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I cannot rate this film highly enough....fair enough you do need to have some romanticism in your veins but this is film making at the highest level. It took Lean around 12 months to shoot this and he took no prisoners...some hollywood execs came over to try and get him to get a move on!....Lean was having none of it, and they left him to it. One of the best scenes ever is towards the end of the film when the British officer is about to end his life...check the varying degrees of sunset, filmed to perfection with no shortcuts, and the shot of the film, (only a few seconds long) is his cigarette tin on the sand with the lid moving slightly on the breeze with the sun reflecting on it....Only a director of Leans calibre could pull it off....take a bow to one of Britains finest!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
********** CONTAINS SPOILERS *************

In 1968, David Lean was on holiday in Naples and Capri when he received from his long time friend and collaborator Robert Bolt a script loosely based on the classic novel Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Lean didn't care for it so they later worked on it for a year in Rome, and what emerged was a draft for "Michaels Day", later to be "Ryans Daughter" set in a village on the far West Coast of Ireland in 1916.

The film made in 1970, starred Sarah Miles, who happened to be Bolt's wife as the principal character Rosy Ryan, daughter of the village publican Tom Ryan played with gusto by Leo McKern. The village is strongly republican and has many local characters. There is Sir John Mills who picked up a supporting actor oscar for his role as a village idiot. Strange as I felt his character to be one of the weakest, marred by his Hammer House of horror appearance. He seemed to have a mouthful of marbles which must have been very uncomfortable. Trevor Howard a Lean favourite throws in a typical larger than life performance as the village priest. Robert Mitchum turns up as the quiet schoolteacher Charles Shaunessy and makes a surprisingly good job of it. Christopher Jones the American method actor seems oddly miscast as Major Doryan. His voice was dubbed for the film which does not say a lot for his performance.

The story, set during the WW1 era, concerns Rosy Ryan's romance and marriage with the village schoolteacher, which is thrown into chaos with the arrival of the handsome Major Doryan. But the dashing British Major has a few issues that he has carried over from the trenches, which later manifest themselves. A dangerous romance begins which has serious consequences for all concerned.
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