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Ryan's Daughter

7.43 h 16 min197015
Set in coastal western Ireland, Ryan's Daughter is an epic love story about a young girl, married to a simple schoolteacher, who has an affair with a British soldier stationed in town.
David Lean
Robert MitchumTrevor HowardChristopher Jones
English [CC]
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John MillsLeo McKernSarah MilesBarry FosterMarie KeanArthur O'SullivanEvin CrowleyDouglas SheldonGerald Sim
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4.6 out of 5 stars

708 global ratings

  1. 79% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Kim the incorrigibleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting from Sarah Miles
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An epic of the kind that you just don't and won't see anymore in these C.G.I. drenched times we live in. Those in search of instant gratification are likely to struggle with a film that slowly unfolds yet ultimately rewards those with a proper attention span. Great acting from Sarah Miles, Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Leo Mckern.....just about everyone really! Generally overlooked by critics, this is in retrospect one of director David Lean's greatest achievements, bold, ambitious and a visual feast that warrants re-asessment and respect. Timelessly brilliant!
23 people found this helpful
John Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful but flawed
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The real star of this film is the stunning landscape of the Dingle peninsula in SW Ireland. Its beauty, wildness and climate represent the aspirations, hopes and conflicts or the story line. Many younger viewers will find the lingering pace of the film strange. The acting is uneven: John Mills and Trevor Howard are superb and Robert Mitchum a wonderful study in dignified stoicism. It is the lovers who are unconvincing: Sarah Miles far too dressed up and stylish and Christopher Jones just wooden. The minor characters are vivid by contrast. The storm sequence is much more effective in suggesting wild passion than anything than else that happens. It still a good watch but there is something lacking in the emotional heart of the film.
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FRANKIEReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely Love story!
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I really enjoyed watching this film. My mother used to quickly switch channels when the naughty bits began!
And now [ years later] i can watch the whole film interruption!!
But Hey.... I would gladly forgo all the naughty films in the world...just to have her back though!
2 people found this helpful
Made in EnglandReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 March 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Lean
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Absolutely stunning film from David Lean,one of our finest directors.The Irish scenery and coastline is a character in itself.John Mills gives a stunning performance as simpleton Micheal.The colours just scream out at you on this dvd.Normally blu ray is my chosen format but as this doesn't yet have a UK release the dvd was the best option,and i have to say this remastered disc delivers the goods by the bucket.
A stonewall classic and a perfect film of beauty.
9 people found this helpful
PoorOldSpikeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 August 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable but not one of Lean's best
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It was too 'soapy' and slow-moving, and chunks of many scenes should have been left on the cutting room floor.Mitchum was very good as the 'grey man' schoolmaster, quite a change from the powerful roles he usually played..:)
Oh, and for a small village there were far too many people in the crowd scenes, like a big mob..:)
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SReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 February 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful film
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Gorgeous scenery of the west coast of Ireland. One of the last great 'epics' which cost I think 11 Million at the time, overrunning budget by a long way. Ryan's Daughter was such an underrated film and received poor critical reviews in the US at the time, probably due to envy and resentment (of Lean's success and his huge budget at the time) and perhaps misunderstanding of the director's intentions. There is no way that this film deserved some of the really nasty reviews that it received in New York. Lean was devastated and mystified by the harsh reception the film received at the time, I believe he didn't make another film for 14 years, he was so crushed at the film's initial reception. Critics can be such spiteful, venomous people. I think that in recent years it has been gaining the recognition it truly deserved. Many people absolutely adore this film. Christopher Jones is so handsome, this was an added bonus. :) The film has aged well, this DVD is of very high quality and I highly recommend it.
13 people found this helpful
KeithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 September 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic bargain!
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I wanted to find a good-priced DVD of Ryan's Daughter, mainly to add to my Classics collection, but also as part of my ongoing endeavour to introduce my Russian wife to the very best of western films. The copy I bought was exactly what I wanted - very well-priced and of excellent quality in every way, I loved seeing it again after many years, very much as I remember it from the Big Screen. My wife was knocked out by the scenery, photography, story and wonderful character portrayals. My mum, 91 years old, never saw the film when it came out and loved being able to finally watch this amazing film so many years after it was released. Altogether I was delighted with my purchase, I now have a copy of a wonderful film purchased simply and cheaply from Amazon as is usual, for the rest of my life - I am delighted, many thanks.
3 people found this helpful
Emma LReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great historical film
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A truly wonderful film set in beautiful County Kerry. This was bought as a gift for an elderly gentleman who is crazy about Ireland and its history. He informs me that he is very happy with this DVD.
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