Ryan's Daughter is a 1970 British romantic drama directed by David Lean. Screenwriter and frequent Lean-collaborator Robert Bolt had originally intended to adapt Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary with his wife Sarah Mills as the title character, but Lean wanted to try a different setting, changing the setting to Ireland in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rebellion. It did retain Sarah Mills as the title character however, joining Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Leo McKern, and Christopher Jones.
Although the film was a hit at the box office, it was not a hit with the critics. Lean's previously three films, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, and Doctor Zhivago, were all huge hits and had won a combined nineteen Academy Awards, and he simply tried too hard to duplicate the scale now expected of him. The harsh conditions of the location shoot in Western Ireland and constant delays took its toll on the cast and crew. Christopher Jones, who had been cast without ever meeting Lean, had to have his dialogue reduced and whatever lines he did have dubbed because Lean had not realized that Jones had a relatively high-pitched voice. Difficulties between Jones and director Lean, and costar Sarah Mills, along with the brutal murder of his good friend Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson family during filming caused Jones to effectively retire from acting. Likewise, Leo McKern was injured on set and took a short sabbatical himself. Lean was extremely hurt by the critical reception of the film and didn't direct another feature for fourteen years.
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and won two. John Mills, who had no dialogue and was almost unrecognizable as "village idiot" Michael, won for Best Supporting Actor. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, just like Lean's three previous films.
The following weapons were used in the film Ryan's Daughter:
Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*
Webley Mk VI
Mauser Gewehr 1898
Included in the German weapons shipment are some Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles. In a continuity error, the Lee-Enfields carried by O'Leary's rebels turn into Gewehr 1898s prior to them receiving the shipment.
Most of the rifles in the Germans weapons shipment are older Mauser Model 1871 rifles.
Model 17 Stielhandgranate
The Germans also send Model 17 Stielhandgranates to the Irish rebels.
The British troops are equipped with at least one Lewis Gun.