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Ryan's Daughter - Special Edition [DVD] [1970]

Sarah Miles , Robert Mitchum , David Lean    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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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 (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,557 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.


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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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and beautiful film 9 Dec 2005
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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3.0 out of 5 stars What might have been... 12 Dec 2013
If no-one had ever told David Lean he was a great artist, might he have become one? Certainly, the promise (and more) shown in certain of the films he made in the decade after World War II makes it all the harder to stomach the bloated excesses and rampant egotism so clearly on display in several later works. Yes, "Lawrence Of Arabia" is extremely impressive; but all his other films made after 1955 are very wearing, to say the least, and Kevin Brownlow's (admiring) biography makes it clear that Lean was an ardent believer in his own publicity. But, if "Kwai" and "Zhivago" and "A Passage To India" simply make one angry, one may have genuine regrets about "Ryan's Daughter", the flop that sent Lean's career into a long limbo. The film is a sort of disaster, and yet it's achingly clear that it might have been a masterwork. The story could hardly be simpler, and yet it's around 200 minutes; furthermore, Lean wastes no time on things that could legitimately have occupied a bit of space. He might have made some suspense out of keeping the identity of the informer in the Irish village a secret; instead, we're told who it is straight away. The affair into which an impressionable Irish lass is drawn, with a British officer, might have been delineated gradually, but instead, they seem to rush into it. What Lean was aiming at, therefore, was not a plot-driven story, but a film about characters and about emotions - a deliberately simple tale told with the complexity and depth of a novel. A laudable aim, to be sure, and a bold one - but it's botched. It's an impressive-looking movie, with the landscape becoming a character in its own right, but the performances of Sarah Miles and Christopher Jones as the lovers barely begin to achieve any complexity. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A curates egg ? 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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime epic 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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