Ryan's Daughter (1970)
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as Rosy Ryan
as Charles Shaughnessy
as Randolph Doryan
as Father Collins
as Tom Ryan
as Tim O'Leary
as Mrs. McCardle
as Lanky Private
as Constable O'Connor
Critic Reviews for Ryan's Daughter
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Ryan's Daughter
Even though I hated this movie, I decided to be creative and present my review in the form of three haikus. Enjoy! RYAN"S DAUGHTER: 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.
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.
Depending on one's point of view,David Lean's RYAN'S DAUGHTER, is either an epic romantic tragedy or a film whose extravagant production overwhelms what might have been a genuinely affecting drama. It may have been a rare misfire or a self-indulgent mess,this was in fact the only movie David Lean did during the entire decade of the 1970's. Written by Robert Bolt,who had far more to chew on with his impressive screenplays of other David Lean masterpieces like "Lawrence of Arabia",and "Doctor Zhivago". RYAN'S DAUGHTER tells the story of a headstrong pub owner's daughter(Sarah Miles)living in a coastal town in English-occupied Ireland in World War I. She fulfills a childhood dream by marrying her handsome school teacher(a poorly cast Robert Mitchum got the part,but Lean insisted on either Peter O'Toole or Omar Sharif),only to be disappointed by the realization he is actually a passionate bore. She is subsequently all to open to fall in love with a shattered,shell-shocked,yet handsome British soldier(Christopher Jones),who has been sent to complete his duty in her otherwise sleepy town. Despite its simplicity,it was originally released theatrically, in November of 1970, in Super-Panavision 70MM,and it many cities was shown on the curved screens designed for the already abandoned Cinerama format(which was huge during the 1960's). It was given a sweeping lavish "Zhivago" style score by Maurice Jarre,while the cinematopgraphy was directed by the great Freddie Young-who would win one of its two Oscars. The other went to veteran John Mills(Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor in 1970)as the village idiot.
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