Ryan's Daughter (1970)



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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert Bolt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 28, 2006
MGM Home Entertainment


as Charles Shaughnessy

as Father Collins

as Randolph Droyan

as Michael

as Tom Ryan

as Tim O'Leary

as Mrs. McCardle

as Moureen

as Corporal

as O'Keefe

as Storekeeper

as Lanky Private

as Constable O'Connor

as Policeman

as Captain
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Critic Reviews for Ryan's Daughter

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

Overlength of perhaps 30 minutes serves to magnify some weaknesses of Robert Bolt's original screenplay, to dissipate the impact of the performances, and to overwhelm outstanding photography and production.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Top Critic

An awe-inspiringly tedious lump of soggy romanticism.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Those who were jealous of [Lean's] previous successes decried the film as an utter failure, though of course it is not, it just isn't quite as good as his other movies.

March 8, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It doesn't transfigure the world. It embalms it.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A disappointing failure of tone, a lush and overblown self-indulgence in which David Lean has given us a great deal less than meets the eye.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's insanely overproduced in Lean's standard epic style, yet somehow the crazy mismatches in scale contribute to the film's sense of romantic delirium.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ryan's Daughter

guilty pleasure

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Even though I hated this movie, I decided to be creative and present my review in the form of three haikus. Enjoy!


Needlessly drawn out
and boring love triangle.
David Lean's big fail.

There is no excuse:
great cinematography
can't save a snoozer.

Despite some good scenes
and production values, you
should skip this dull mess.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Visually stunning but dramatically drawn out love story. This takes far too long to tell it's sad tale but good performances and once again absolutely breathtaking cinematography compensate a great deal. The storm sequence is one of the most beautifully shot scenes I've ever seen in any film.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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