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Plot, Details & Awards

Ryan's Daughter

PG In Theaters 02/16/2003 , 194min.
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Plot & 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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound John Bramall Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gordon K. McCallum Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor John Mills Won
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Freddie Young Won
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Sarah Miles Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture David Lean Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Trevor Howard Nominated
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Sarah Miles Nominated
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture John Mills Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture David Lean Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 Directors Guild of America Best Director David Lean Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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