Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Director: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee

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With ornate imagery reminiscent of paintings from the story's 18th century period, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel depicts the rise and fall of a sensitive rogue in the British aristocracy. Young Irishman Redmond Barry (Ryan O'Neal) leaves home to seek his fortune after apparently killing an English officer in a duel. Through a series of mishaps and accidents, Barry winds up fighting with the Prussian army in the Seven Years' War under the command of Capt. Potzdorf (Hardy Kruger); at war's end, Potzdorf enlists Barry to spy on a shady Chevalier (Patrick Magee). Instead, Barry joins up with the Irish Chevalier to flee Prussia and live as gamblers among Europe's elite. Wishing to climb even higher, Barry soon meets the beautiful Lady Lyndon (Marisa Berenson), marrying her for her fortune after her older titled husband dies. Her son Lord Bullingdon (Leon Vitali), however, despises the upstart Barry, and, regardless of how his mother may feel, sees to it that the re-named Barry Lyndon will never be able to stake his claim to the entrenched aristocracy. Coming after Kubrick's esteemed hits 2001 (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon opened with high expectations and met with decidedly mixed responses to its restrained tone. Even with Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director (and wins for Cinematography, Art Direction, Costumes, and Adapted Score), Barry Lyndon was a box office failure, as mid-'70s audiences increasingly turned away from such narrative challenges as its epic length and muffled emotions. Since then, Barry Lyndon has gained in stature, taking its place among the formidable artistic achievements of Kubrick's career.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2017
UPC: 0715515205412
Original Release: 1975
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 3:05:00
Sales rank: 3,349

Special Features

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio; New documentary featuring cast and crew interviews as well as audio excerpts from a 1976 interview with director Stanley Kubrick; New program about the film's groundbreaking visuals, featuring focus puller Douglas Milsome and gaffer Lou Bogue as well as excerpts from a 1980 interview with cinematographer John Alcott; New program featuring historian Christopher Frayling on Academy Award-winning production designer Ken Adam; New interview with editor Tony Lawson; French television interview from 1976 with Ulla-Britt Söderlund, who codesigned the film's Oscar-winning costumes; New interview with critic Michel Ciment; New interview with actor Leon Vitali about the 5.1 surround soundtrack, which he cosupervised; New piece analyzing the fine-art-inspired aesthetics of the film with curator Adam Eaker; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan O'Neal Redmond Barry (Barry Lyndon)
Marisa Berenson Lady Lyndon
Patrick Magee The Chevalier
Hardy Kruger Capt. Potzdorf
Gay Hamilton Nora Brady
Leonard Rossiter Capt. Quin
Godfrey Quigley Capt. Grogan
Arthur O'Sullivan Highwayman
Diana Koerner German Girl
Steven Berkoff Lord Ludd
Marie Kean Mrs. Barry
Frank Middlemass Sir Charles Lyndon
Murray Melvin Reverend Runt
Philip Stone Graham
Leon Vitali Lord Bullingdon
Dominic Savage Lord Bullingdon as Child
David Morley Brian Lyndon
Andre Morell Lord Wendover
Michael Hordern Narrator
John Bindon Actor
Roger Booth Actor
Billy Boyle Actor
Jonathan Cecil Actor
Peter Cellier Actor
Geoffrey Chater Actor
Patrick Dawson Actor
Bernard Hepton Actor
Barry Jackson Actor
Wolf Kahler Actor
Patrick Laffan Actor
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Actor
Hans Meyer Actor
Anthony Sharp Actor
John Sharp Actor
Roy Spencer Actor
John Sullivan Actor
Harry Towb Actor
Anthony Dawes Actor
Liam Redmond Actor
Pat Roach Actor
Frederick Schiller Actor
George Sewell Actor
Leonard Rosenman Conductor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ken Adam Production Designer
John Alcott Cinematographer
Alan Boyle Makeup
Ann Brodie Makeup
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Jill Carpenter Makeup
Brian Cook Asst. Director
Yvonne Coppard Makeup
Barbara Daly Makeup
Vernon Dixon Set Decoration/Design
Robin Gregory Sound/Sound Designer
Jan Harlan Executive Producer
Tony Lawson Editor
Leonard Rosenman Musical Arrangement
Bill Rowe Sound/Sound Designer
Ulla-Britt Soderlund Costumes/Costume Designer
Geraldine Stephenson Choreography
Michael Stevenson Asst. Director
David Tomblin Asst. Director
Roy Walker Art Director
Bernard Williams Associate Producer

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Barry Lyndon 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Cherilnn More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorite movies. Yes, the pacing is very slow but that was the 18th century. The ponderous music sets the tone just right. Barry is the classic tragic hero who causes his own downfall, leaving destruction in his wake. Kubrik's movies always require at least 2 viewings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stanley Kubrik's 1975 film on a low-born Irish upstart (Ryan O'Neil) who leaves his home after a family feud to pursue wealthy opportunities. Ryan O'Neil was not a great choice for the lead role. One can see that he's rather uncomfortable in playing a period piece: his accent sounding more and more American each step into the movie. The screenplay is well balanced and the story is well paced. As always, Kubrik's obssession with detail and stylized scenes bring out vivid images of 18th century Europe. Filmed in natural light, this narrative epic's brilliant direction and cinematography alone makes it a worthwhile viewing experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is how Harvard Lampoon regarded this when it first appeared. However, both Fellini and Scorcese regard this as a masterpiece. Who you gonna believe..? This holds up incredibly well. It makes all those Merchant Ivory films look positively limp. BL is subtle and funny, deeply upsetting and EXTREMELY beautiful. So Ryan was not a great choice for the lead, but he doesn't get in the way either. By the end of the first half you may be exhausted and not really care what happens, but keep watching as the downfall of Barry is chilling and exciting. There are some wrong notes(the epilogue is pointless)but this is a great film.
Stanley More than 1 year ago
Barry Lyndon is a masterpiece not only because of Kubrick's genius and cinematic vision but because of the story it tells which has even more relevance today. It is about the wild and unsubdued nature of the human spirit which can not be tamed in a world that grows ever more controlling and manipulative as time goes on. Think, 1984, the Third Reich and you may know what I mean. Barry Lyndon is a young man with an untamed spirit who is full of passion that will not be subjected to the powers that be whether they are other men, governments or class structures. Even though self interest is his driving force, he is so out numbered and challenged by the overwhelming events of a harsh world that one can easily sympathize and relate to him. Men like him will continue to be born and to thrash about on the human stage until the day the human spirit has been completely anesthetized.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film once again displays Kubrick's excellent use of the environment to create a vivid visual experience. It is perhaps one of the most beautifully shot films I've ever seen. Aside from the scenery, the performances are upstanding and the story is witty. This film is another entry in a fabulous tradition of films that only a great director like Kubrick could have created.
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Anonymous 7 months ago
This film probably isn’t for everyone. I remember watching it as a teenager and wondering what the heck Kubrick was thinking. Later in life on a bigger TV with a Blu Ray of the best quality (Criterion) and a totally different adult perspective I was mesmerized. This is by far the most beautiful film ever made. You can literally pause the the movie in random spots and it looks like a painting. The story starts to grow on you after a few watches as well. It’s now one of my favorite films. I would recommend everyone with a love of film own this movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago