Barry Lyndon (1975)



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Movie Info

Based on the Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, Barry Lyndon tells the complex and subtle story of a sensitive, intelligent and ambitious man trapped in a society which has no use for him. Despite the obstacle of his Irish birth in relative poverty, Raymond Barry (Ryan O'Neal) manages by various stratagems and devices to become the wealthy but ill-respected Barry Lyndon. Fooled into leaving his home by the family of the girl he had hoped to marry, Barry becomes a soldier in the a … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Stanley Kubrick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 1999
Warner Bros.


as Barry Lyndon/Redmond...

as Lady Honoria Lyndon

as Chevalier de Balibar...

as Capt. Potzdorf

as Lord Ludd

as Capt. Quin

as Capt. Grogan

as German Girl

as Barry's Mother

as Sir Charles Lyndon

as Reverend Runt

as Lord Bullingdon

as Lord Bullingdon as a...

as Brian Lyndon

as Lord Wendover

as Recruiting Soldier

as King George III

as Seamus Feeny

as Lt. Jonathan Fakenha...

as Sir Richard

as Dr. Broughton

as British Soldier

as British Soldier

as Prince of Tübingen

as Barry's Second

as Lord Hallam

as Doolan

as Horse Seller

as Innkeeper
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Critic Reviews for Barry Lyndon

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (8)

One of cinema's most heartfelt and sustained (it runs over three hours), if cynical, visions of an individual's powerlessness.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Stanley Kubrick's magisterial Thackeray adaptation now stands as one of his greatest and most savagely ironic films, not to mention one of the few period pieces on celluloid so transporting that it seems to predate the invention of cameras.

Full Review… | May 23, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

Ryan O'Neal's excellent performance captures the shallow opportunism endemic to the title character who is brought down as much by his own flaws as by the mores of the ordered social structure of 18th-century England.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Top Critic

All of Stanley Kubrick's features look better now than when they were first released, but Barry Lyndon, which fared poorly at the box office in 1975, remains his most underrated. It may also be his greatest.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Barry Lyndon isn't a great success, and it's not a great entertainment, but it's a great example of directorial vision: Kubrick saying he's going to make this material function as an illustration of the way he sees the world.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

One of the most graphically-driven, purely audio-visual of all nominally narrative motion pictures.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Barry Lyndon


A fabulous picaresque tale, satirical and tragic, in which we see Kubrick make every splendid shot look like an authentic 18th-century painting while utilizing an essentially cold, cynical approach to recount a long series of barely connected episodes in our anti-hero's ill-fated life.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

My favorite Kubrick film by far. Epic story with fine costumes and sets -- and a soundtrack to die for.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Barry Lyndon is a fantastic epic helmed by Stanley Kubrick that boasts great performances and revolutionary and beautiful direction.

Daniel Lermenator
Daniel Lermenator

Super Reviewer

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