Barry Lyndon

Starring: Ryan O'Neal & Marisa Berenson Director: Stanley Kubrick  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
Barry Lyndon
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 3 hours, 11 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1975
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Narrated by
Written by
Composition by
Cinematography by
Produced by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I have taken the ribbon from around my neck and hidden it somewhere on my person. You are free to look for it wherever you like, and I shall think very little of you if you do not find it."
  - Nora Brady (Gay Hamilton) to Barry Redmond (Ryan O'Neal)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1975 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Cinematography: John Alcott
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Costume Design
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Original Song Score and Adaptation: Leonard Rosenman

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...Loll in the beauty and cruelty of BARRY LYNDON..."

Product Description:

BARRY LYNDON is Stanley Kubrick's epic costume drama based on William Makepeace Thackeray's picaresque novel. It tells the story of a young rogue who wanders through life getting lost in various adventures, meeting his share of women and oddball characters. When Redmond Barry (Ryan O'Neal, trying desperately to maintain an Irish brogue) becomes jealous of Captain Quin's advances on Barry's beloved cousin, he challenges the man to a duel. Winning the duel, young Barry is forced to leave his home and his mother, and off on his adventures he goes. He meets thieves, lonely soldier brides, Prussian army leaders, and British widows, inventing new stories about himself at every turn of the road.

BARRY LYNDON is lush and magnificent, sparkling with color, every frame reminiscent of the finest European art. The blues of the Prussian army uniforms and the reds of the British contrast sharply with the majestic green land and mountains in nearly every background. Kubrick often begins a shot close in, then zooms out to reveal the beautiful natural landscape and ornate rooms surrounding the now seemingly insignificant characters. With rousing performances from O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Hardy Kruger, and Leonard Rossiter, jaw-dropping camerawork, spectacular natural lighting, and a marvelous classical-music soundtrack painstakingly put together by Kubrick, BARRY LYNDON is a dramatic romantic epic that may be Kubrick's most beautiful film.

Plot Synopsis:

Stanley Kubrick's unique spectacle tells the picaresque tale of Redmond Barry, a rougish youth who starts his foray into the world as a likable Irish lad and ends up a rakish gambler. After a jealous Barry shoots his beloved cousin's fiancé in a duel, he is forced to flee Barryville. He embarks on a journey that leads him to the continent as a soldier--a job he finds less than pleasant. But he survives and, hardened by his stretch in the army, makes his way into the highest gambling circles of Europe, where his newly acquired ruthlessness stands him in good stead--until he soon finds himself on the edge of utter ruin.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Big Battles | Essential Cinema | Period Piece | Rags To Riches | Self-Discovery | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 18, 1975
  • Filmed on location in England, Ireland, and Germany.
  • The shoot lasted more than eight months.
  • Estimated budget: $11 million.
  • John Alcott ordered custom lenses to film the parlor scene, which was lit entirely by candlelight. This scene is often cited in film schools for its revolutionary use of natural light.
  • The film features scenes and shot sequences that are directly modeled after period paintings by Gainsborough, Dayes, Hogarth, Watteau, and Fragonard, among other European masters.
  • When preparing for the role of Redmond Barry, Ryan O'Neal studied fencing for the period of one year prior to filming and underwent 51 costume fittings.
  • Each of the two parts of the film comes complete with a brief literary description of what is to follow. Part I announces, "By what means Redmond Barry acquired the style and title of Barry Lyndon." Part II announces, "Containing an account of the misfortunes and disasters which befell Barry Lyndon."
  • Kubrick's love of classical music is revealed in his inclusion of handpicked works by the following composers: Bach, Handel, Mozart, Paisiello, Schubert, Frederick the Great, and Vivaldi.
  • Some scenes were shot in old houses that were open to the public, so at times Kubrick had to shoot around guided tours.
  • The IRA sent death threats to Kubrick and O'Neal because the scenes with the English soldiers were shot in Ireland--the IRA did not want to see any kind of real or fictional English army on its homeland.

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  • Sales Rank: 101,345
  • UPC: 085391200178
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