Ryan's Daughter

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Released 1970

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Director:
David Lean
Released:
1970
Rating:
R
Ryan's Daughter is the sprawling and acclaimed 1970 epic romance from master of the epic medium, filmmaking titan David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Dr. Zhivago, A Passage to India), reteaming with his Lawrence screenwriter Robert Bolt. Based loosely on Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Sarah Miles plays a young woman living in a tiny coastal village in rural Ireland, whose assumptions and illusions about romantic love and passion cause her to marry a schoolteacher (Robert Mitchum) on whom she nurtures a former student's crush. The mystery and excitement of man/woman relations fades quickly, as early as the wedding night, and it's not long before she falls for a shell-shocked British soldier who joins the garrison stationed in the village. As the affair between these two becomes known, she's condemned as both a slut and a traitor, and must fall back on the understanding of her cuckolded husband to defend her against the townspeople.

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Drama

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Historical, Love & Romance