Ryan's Daughter

Ryan's Daughter

4.8 11
Director: David Lean

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


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 CharlesSee more details below

  • Checkmark Up to 50% Off Award Winning DVDs & Blu-rays  Shop Now


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.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
David Lean's melancholy 1970 romance never achieved the reputation enjoyed by the director's epic dramas, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago among them. And as critic Richard Schickel points out in one of this disc's featurettes, the attacks by reviewers were "immediate and ferocious." Therefore, Ryan's Daughter, featuring Robert Mitchum and Sarah Miles in a tale of adultery set against the backdrop of the 1916 Irish Rebellion, seems an unlikely candidate for the deluxe treatment it has been accorded in this remarkably comprehensive special edition. An oddly cast but surprisingly effective Mitchum plays a stolid schoolmaster whose younger, beautiful wife (Miles) carries on a passionate but illicit relationship with a British officer (Christopher Jones) in command of the troops occupying her small village. When word of the affair leaks out, the wife is branded an adulterer and accused of being an informer as well. What really makes this special edition worth having are the various supplemental features. Digitally remastered from original 65mm film elements and audio-enhanced to 5.1 specifications, the film is accompanied by nearly 90 minutes of new documentary material in the form of three featurettes written, produced, and directed by Laurent Bouzereau. Miles makes significant on-camera contributions to these, as does Lean's biographer Stephen M. Silverman and a host of others, including Mitchum's daughter Petrine and the director's widow, Sandra. Lean and screenwriter Robert Bolt are represented in footage originally shot for a Barry Brown-produced BBC documentary on the film, "The Last of the Traveling Circuses," which is itself included on the bonus disc along with a six-minute "production trailer" narrated by Gregory Peck. The commentary track boasts 13 participants, each of them introduced prior to making his or her contribution; distinguished directors John Boorman and Hugh Hudson are among those heard. It's taken 35 years, but Ryan's Daughter has finally gotten the respect some thought it deserved all along.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Ryan's Daughter is one of those films that cries out to be seen on the big screen (and the bigger the better). Director David Lean was right criticized for blowing Robert Bolt's tender little love story way out of proportion, foisting an epic filmmaking style on a tale that is too slight to sustain it. This decision certainly damages the film; but at the same time, no one could do "epic" better than Lean, and so the large trappings that he brought to the film have a strength of their own that is almost independent of the movie -- and that strength is best viewed in a theater rather than at home. Still, whatever the venue, audiences can still appreciate the gorgeous work of cinematographer Freddie Young, whose wind-swept vistas and dark, roiling skies create a drama of their own. Lean has used Young to create a work in which nature is as much a character as any person, and Young does not let Lean down. Unfortunately, the other characters are not treated as sensitively by Lean, who also does not devote enough attention to the specifics of the essential love story. As a result, the film is both overlong and overwrought, but insufficiently developed. The cast is a bit of mixed bag. Robert Mitchum is cast against type, but his performance is sluggish and a bit dull. Sarah Miles is good in the title role, but not quite a commanding enough presence as is called for. John Mills takes advantage of the showy role to turn in an Oscar performance, and there's also fine work from Trevor Howard, but Christopher Jones is -- his looks aside -- a big mistake. Ryan's Daughter is tremendously uneven, but its virtues finally offset its sins enough to make it worth watching.
New York Times - Dave Kehr
Watching Warner Home Video's new edition of David Lean's "Ryan's Daughter" is almost enough to make you believe that high-definition DVD has arrived ahead of schedule... this is simply one of the most spectacular video presentations I have ever encountered.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales rank:

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

Read More

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]

Read More


Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >