Ryan's Daughter [2 Discs] [DVD] [1970]

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Special Features

  • The Making of Ryan's Daughter; A 3- part 35th-Anniversary Documentary
  • Ryan's Daughter: Storm Rising
  • Ryan's Daughter: Storm Chaser
  • Ryan's Daughter: The Eye of the Storm
  • 2 Vintage Documentarire
  • We're the last of the traveling circuses
  • Ryan's Daughter: A story of love
  • Commentary by:
  • Lady Sandra Lean, Sarah Miles,
  • Petrine Day Mitchum (Robert Mitchum's Daughter), Assistant
  • director Michael Stevenson, Second
  • unit director Roy Stevens, Art director
  • Roy Walker, Assistant
  • editor Tony Lawson,
  • Location manager Eddie Fowlie,
  • Stuntman Vic Armstrong,
  • Biographer Stephen M. Silverman and directors John Boorman, Hugh Hudson and Richard Schickel
  • New digital transfer from restored 65mm picture and Audio elements
  • Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • 1 Theatrical trailers
  • Languages: English & Français
  • Subtitles: English, Français & Español
  • Closed Captioned


Ryan's Daughter
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 Michael (an Oscar-winning turn by John Mills) innocently uncovers evidence of Rosy's indiscretion, the local gossips begin wagging their tongues. Shaughnessy chooses to remain above the scandal, assuming that Rosy will come to her senses. Later, Rosy's father informs on a group of IRA insurgents, hoping to keep the peace in his village. The locals assume that Rosy, still enamored of Doryan, is the informer, and exact a humiliating punishment. Realizing that his very presence has caused disgrace for Rosy, Doryan kills himself. For Rosy and Shaughnessy, life goes on...not happily ever after, just ever after. The film was lensed on location in Ireland by frequent Lean collaborator Freddie Young. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Mitchum
    Robert Mitchum - Charles Shaughnessy
  • Trevor Howard
    Trevor Howard - Father Collins
  • Sarah Miles
    Sarah Miles - Rosy
  • Christopher Jones
    Christopher Jones - Randolph Droyan
  • John Mills
    John Mills - Michael
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