• Barry Lyndon (1997)

Barry Lyndon

Release Date: June 18th, 1997

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999

PG |3 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

How does an Irish lad without prospects become part of 18th-century English nobility? For Barry Lyndon (Ryan O'Neal) the answer is: any way he can! His climb to wealth and privilege is the enthralling focus of this sumptuous Stanley Kubrick version of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel.

Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger, Steven Berkoff, Gay Hamilton, Leonard Rossiter, Godfrey Quigley

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Peregrine, Hawk Films

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Fall, Engaging, Marriage, Soldier, Love interest, Love, Rise, England, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    This is one of Kubrick's best, not gimmicky or arch, not somnambulant or mannered, just finely detailed, measured, richly photographed and, at every step of the way, entertaining and interesting. show more

  • 90
    David SimsThe Atlantic

    It’s a movie that actually makes the past look otherworldly, unlike many period pieces, which strive to make history seem easy to slip into. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Kubrick's beautiful adaptation of the William Thackeray novel follows a young Irish gambler, rogue and romantic adventurer (Ryan O'Neal) though a painterly 18th Century English landscape of frozen elegance and upper-class hypocrisy. show more

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