Barry Lyndon

1975

Action / Adventure / Drama / History / Romance / War

28
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 96%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 92%
IMDb Rating 8.1 10 123935

Synopsis


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Cast

Ryan O'Neal as Barry Lyndon
Steven Berkoff as Lord Ludd
Marisa Berenson as Lady Honoria Lyndon
Pat Roach as Toole - Soldier in Fistfight
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3hr 5 min
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3hr 5 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 10 / 10

Great Paintings Come To Life

Some movies - I wish there were more of them - simply look like a series of great paintings. This film has that look. You could freeze-frame many of the scenes and swear you were looking at a Gainsborough, a Vermeer, a Hogarth or similar work of art by one the great artists of three to five centuries ago. It's just beautiful.

For that, we have Director Stanley Kubrick and Photographer John Alcott to thank. Being a three-hour movie, there are plenty of wonderful shots to admire, too. In addition, the costumes are lavish and authentic and the scoring is notable. It's no accident that Oscars were garnered for art/set direction, cinematography, costume design and scoring. Yeah, if you enjoy classical music, you'll really enjoy the soundtrack, too, under the guidance of conductor Leonard Roseman.

Not to be overlooked is the fine acting and the interesting and underrated story. I say "underrated" because this film, from what I've read, bored a lot of people and and it was a box-office flop. That's too bad because, frankly, I found the story (outside of the first 10--15 minutes) to be fascinating. As I watched, I kept wondering what strange occurrences will happen next to the lead character, "Redmond Barry/Barry Lyndon," played beautifully by Ryan O'Neal. (For most of the movie, he's called "Redmond Barry," so I will refer to him as that.)

Overall, this was a low-key adventure story about the rise-and-fall of a "scoundrel" back in late 18th century Englishman. "Mr. Barry" is an Irishmen living in England who winds up dealing with a number of people: Irish, English, Prussian, French. His dealings with these people are bizarre at times. While he mainly is shown doing what he can to promote himself, for either monetary gain and prestige of a name and power, he's not all bad. There is a compassionate side to him, but it only shows itself in small doses. It makes him all the more interesting to watch, because you don't always know how he's going to react to his circumstances, which change radically every few years.

We witness his rise to prominence and then his fall when his "sins begin to find him out," as the Bible would describe. It's quite a roller coaster ride.

This is an emotional, involving story, and a feast for the eyes and ears. It's quite different, too, certainly not the average fare from Kubrick. I can only hope this comes out on a high-definition disc some day. Admirers of this film need to see this in all its glory.

Reviewed by J Besser 4 / 10

The Mad magazine version was way better

Quite possibly the longest three hours of my life. Every few years I give this movie another go and after it's over I ask myself why did I bother. It is a beautiful movie to look at. There's no denying that. But it's a movie filled with uninteresting characters. I very quickly lose an interest in Barry Lyndon and what he's up to. The main problem is Ryan O'Neal. He's not a good enough actor to pull this movie off. I do enjoy many of his movies but this one is out of his league. Two hours into it today my daughter walked in the room and asked "Why are you watching this? It looks like a painting?" Well said.

Reviewed by Richie-67-485852 8 / 10

Epic Story-Telling

I like long movies with a good story because they pull you in and don't let go until it says THE END. This is time well spent in the world of entertainment. This movie has that quality and the story is unusual with twists of interest along the way. Good acting and directing make this a comfortable watch and viewer is not disappointed going from scene to scene to conclusion. Get used to men wearing power, rouge, false dimples and lace and women being objects of use and status making this viewer say what a strange world to visit with. Yet this world existed and this is one of the many stories to come across. Good movie to eat with while watching with a snack and tasty drink too...Get ready for...

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