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Ryan's Daughter Details


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

  • Release date:November 9, 1970


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bramall Best Sound 1970 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Lean Best Picture 1970 Nominee
Directors Guild of America David Lean Best Director 1970 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Freddie Young Best Cinematography 1970 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Mills Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1970 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Mills Best Supporting Actor 1970 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sarah Miles Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1970 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sarah Miles Best Actress 1970 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Trevor Howard Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1970 Nominee


Robert Mitchum
as Charles Shaughnessy
Trevor Howard
as Father Collins
Sarah Miles
as Rosy
John Mills
as Michael
Leo McKern
as Tom Ryan
Barry Foster
as Tim O'Leary
Owen O'Sullivan
as Peter
Marie Kean
as Mrs. McCardle
Evin Crowley
as Moureen
Barry Jackson
as Corporal
Douglas Sheldon
as Driver
Philip O'Flynn
as Paddy
Niall O'Brien
as Joseph
Niall Toibin
as O'Keefe
Emmet Bergin
as Sean
May Cluskey
as Storekeeper
Gerald Sim
as Captain
Des Keogh
as Lanky Private
Pat Layde
as Policeman
Brian O'Higgins
as Constable O'Connor
Archie O'Sullivan
as McCardle


David Lean
Anthony Havelock-Allan
Robert Bolt
Denys Coop
Freddie Young
Bob Huke
Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
Maurice Jarre
Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Curb
Mack David
Norman Savage
Stephen B. Grimes
Production Designer
Roy Stevens
Associate Producer
Josie MacAvin
Set Designer
Jocelyn Rickards
Costume Designer
John Bramall
Sound/Sound Designer
Pedro Vidal
First Assistant Director
Roy Stevens
Second Unit Director
Charles Frend
Second Unit Director