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

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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
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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 (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CDINXG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,310 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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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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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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When this film was first released it had its fair share of detracters queueing up to slate it.Comming out in the early 70s was its biggest crime.A full on romance from a director whose love of the Irish landscape is unabashed,this film was not of its time.Robert Bolts screenplay has more to do with Madame Bovere than was picked up on by the critcs of the day who were anyway more likely to go with something less conservative.Bolts then wife, Sarah Miles,plays Rosie,(a clue to the colour of her glasses,)whose seduction of the widowed teacher(Robert Mitchum)leads to marriage which is betrayed when an English army officer is posted to the quiet Irish village.Subsequent events involving IRA gun runners,village pump gossip and the local informer bring Rosie and the officer to a tragic result.

Leans grand sweep and eye for the landscape do'nt fail him here.Set against the Irish west coast, Mitchum looks comfortable in this unusually laid back role.All the charecters work well with main plaudits going to Trevor Howard as the fiesty priest and John Mills as the mute 'village idiot',though he does remind one of Charles Laughtons hunchback to look at.Perhaps the local villagers come across as somewhat medeival as they bring their fury down on Rosie towards the end but this film is so absolutely gorgeous that most people will wink at that.
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I can't tell you how brilliant this film is. It's had a rocky road in production and in release (it was heavily censored when first released), but this full version of the film in all it's glory is simply a masterpiece. The story of Ryan's daughter marrying the man she believes is perfect, before engaging in an affair with a British soldier (this in Ireland during the troubles), and all the problems that this entails.

John Mills won his Oscar for his role in this film, and whilst he was brilliant I think that one other actor out-acted him: Trevor Howard as Father Collins steals every scene that he is in. Then again, there is is no bad acting, everybody plays their roles masterfully. Especially the "villagers", even though many only have one line or two, they draw the eye and just make the film that bit better. Also worth a mention, Lean regular Maurice Jarre once again did the music for this film, and as with all his scores, it fits perfectly.

The locations and the cinematography are simply breathtaking, especially during the storm scenes, you can tell why David Lean took so long to make it, to get it absolutely perfect. I doubt that there a film out there that can even come close to beating the cinematography of this film.

The film itself is spread over the two discs. Disc One features the film up until the intermission, with special features being the commentary and the two trailers. Disc Two: the second half of the film, the commentary for it and the following extras:
The Making of Ryan's Daughter- a documentary in three parts made for this 35th Anniversary release: Storm Rising; Storm Chaser; and The Eye of the Storm
Two other documentary's: We're the Last of the Traveling Circuses
Ryan's Daughter: A Study of Love
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2009
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********** 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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