Ryan’s Daughter

Ryan's Daughter
Review: A romantic war drama that takes place in the political turmoil of Ireland in 1916, Easter Rising. Rosy is a married woman and lives in a small Irish village. She has an affair with troubled British officer named Randolph Doryan.

Director: David Lean
Actors: John Mills, Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, Sarah Miles and Niall Toibin
Year: 1970
Genre: Drama, History and Romance
Conclusion: 3/5
Another extraordinary film from director David Lean. His most famous films include Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. This isn’t as good or as memorable as the other two films but it is worth seeing as it is a film by David Lean. As good as all the cast are it is John Mills especially that gives an outstanding performance. The script is very well written by Robert Bolt who also wrote Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. The pace of the film was very slow moving at times. You need to give yourself 3 and a half hours in order to watch it. The scenery is amazing but perhaps a bit too much of it. Alec Guinness was in mind to play a part in this but sent David Lean a long list of objections he had about the character he was to play. The part then went to Trevor Howard. Apparently David Lean fell out with Robert Mitchum to the extent that all communication was carried out through Sarah Miles. Peter O’Toole was offered two parts in this film but turned them both down. Julie Christie was offered the role of Rosy Ryan but turned it down. At the Academy Awards in 1971 this won two Oscars. They were for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John Mills) and for Best Cinematography. At the Golden Globe Awards also the same year it won for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (John Mills).

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