Ryan's Daughter

Synopsis: World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback riding on the beach with the young English officer. There was a magnetic attraction between them the day he was the only customer in her father's pub and Rosy was tending bar for the first time since her marriage to the village schoolmaster. Then one stormy night some Irish revolutionaries expecting a shipment of guns arrive at Ryan's pub. Is it Rosy who betrays them to the British? Will Shaugnessy take Father Collin's advice? Is the pivotal role that of the village idiot who is mute?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): David Lean
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 21 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
206 min


- Did she come to the concert?

- She had the score.

In what way, precisely,

was she stimulating?

She had a fine and fresh mind,

Rose. Very modern in her thoughts.

She'd been at the

teaching for over 50 years.

Old folk with fresh minds

are very stimulating.

Then there was a ministry

inspector, he gave us an address...

But the best we had was this

professor from the Sorbonne.

Now, there was a man

with a mind, if you like.

- Why? What did he say?

- I couldn't tell you, Rose.

Whatever it was, it was wasted on us.

Teachers are a poor lot, surely.

If teachers were the poor lot,

like you're always making out...

how would the pupils

be learning such riches?


Some young fellow's

going to be a lucky man.

- Rose?

- I've something in my eye.


The nuisance.

- Will I get it out, then?

- Oh, no, it's nothing.

It's only the wind.

- Are you away to the schoolhouse, then?

- No, Rose, I think...

I'll scramble up the dunes

and pay my respects to my wife.

Oh, yes.

Good day, Rose.

Good day, Mr. Shaughnessy.

Hello, Michael.

- Shaughnessy.

- There you are, Mr. Shaughnessy.

So, you're back again, Charles.

Home is the voyager,

safe from the sea.

- The usual?

- Thanks.


what did you see in Dublin?

- You mean, the trouble?

- What else?

Well, nothing, really.

- Did you not go and see Sackville Street?

- I passed it, yes.

- Passed it?

- Well, I'll be damned.

What did you see as

you passed it, Charles?

- It did look terrible smashed about, Father.

- It's true, then.

- The Government used guns.

- I've not said that, Father.

All right, you've not said

anything. What did you hear?

I heard they used heavy guns...

like them they're using on the

Western Front against the Germans.

And our poor lads pursued

from house to house...

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Robert Bolt

British left-wing playwright best known for his screenplay for the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia directed by David Lean. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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