Ryan's Daughter (1970)

Despite a harsh critical response at the time of its release, Ryan’s Daughter is a triumph of sensual storytelling by David Lean.

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  • Michael's Day Working
  • Coming of Age Working


Freddie Young and John Mills won Oscars for their performances in this epic, directed by David Lean and set during the Troubles of 1916. Robert Bolt’s script reworks Thomas Hardy-esque formulae into a story about romantic excess and moral cowardice, woven into a vision of damnation.

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