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Barry Lyndon (1975)

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Critic Consensus: Cynical, ironic, and suffused with seductive natural lighting, Barry Lyndon is a complex character piece of a hapless man doomed by Georgian society.

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Based on the Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, this film tells the complex 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, Raymond Barry manages to become the wealthy but ill-respected Barry Lyndon.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Classics , Drama
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In Theaters:
 limited
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Runtime:
Studio:
Warner Bros.

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Cast

Ryan O'Neal
as Barry Lyndon/Redmond Barry
Marisa Berenson
as Lady Honoria Lyndon
Patrick Magee
as Chevalier de Balibari
Hardy Kruger
as Captain Potzdorf
Steven Berkoff
as Lord Ludd
Leonard Rossiter
as Capt. Quin
Godfrey Quigley
as Capt. Grogan
Arthur O'Sullivan
as Highwayman
Diana Koerner
as German Girl
Marie Kean
as Barry's Mother
Frank Middlemass
as Sir Charles Lyndon
Murray Melvin
as Reverend Runt
Philip Stone
as Graham
Leon Vitali
as Lord Bullingdon
Dominic Savage
as Lord Bullingdon as a Child
David Morley
as Brian Lyndon
André Morell
as Lord Wendover
Michael Hordern
as Narrator
John Bindon
as Recruiting Soldier
Roger Booth
as King George III
Billy Boyle
as Seamus Feeny
Jonathan Cecil
as Lt. Jonathan Fakenham
Peter Cellier
as Sir Richard
Geoffrey Chater
as Dr. Broughton
Anthony Dawes
as British Soldier
Barry Jackson
as British Soldier
Wolf Kahler
as Prince of Tübingen
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne
as Colonel Bulow
George Sewell
as Barry's Second
Anthony Sharp
as Lord Hallam
John Sharp
as Doolan
Roy Spencer
as Horse Seller
Harry Towb
as Innkeeper
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Critic Reviews for Barry Lyndon

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (9)

The great director's least satisfying, most disconcerting film - and that's what makes it extraordinary.

Full Review… | July 25, 2016
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

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
Variety
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
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Audience Reviews for Barry Lyndon

½

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

Carlos Magalhães
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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

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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