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Barry Lyndon (1975)



Critic Consensus: Cynical, ironic, and suffused with seductive natural lighting, Barry Lyndon is a complex character piece of a hapless man doomed by Georgian society.

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Based on the Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, this film tells the complex story of a sensitive, intelligent, and ambitious man trapped in a society which has no use for him. Despite the obstacle of his Irish birth, Raymond Barry manages to become the wealthy but ill-respected Barry Lyndon.

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Ryan O'Neal
as Barry Lyndon/Redmond Barry
Marisa Berenson
as Lady Honoria Lyndon
Patrick Magee
as Chevalier de Balibari
Hardy Krüger
as Capt. Potzdorf
Steven Berkoff
as Lord Ludd
Leonard Rossiter
as Capt. Quin
Godfrey Quigley
as Capt. Grogan
Diana Koerner
as German Girl
Marie Kean
as Barry's Mother
Frank Middlemass
as Sir Charles Lyndon
Murray Melvin
as Reverend Runt
Leon Vitali
as Lord Bullingdon
Dominic Savage
as Lord Bullingdon as a Child
David Morley
as Brian Lyndon
André Morell
as Lord Wendover
John Bindon
as Recruiting Soldier
Roger Booth
as King George III
Billy Boyle
as Seamus Feeny
Jonathan Cecil
as Lt. Jonathan Fakenham
Peter Cellier
as Sir Richard
Geoffrey Chater
as Dr. Broughton
Anthony Dawes
as British Soldier
Barry Jackson
as British Soldier
Wolf Kahler
as Prince of Tübingen
George Sewell
as Barry's Second
Anthony Sharp
as Lord Hallam
John Sharp
as Doolan
Roy Spencer
as Horse Seller
Harry Towb
as Innkeeper
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Critic Reviews for Barry Lyndon

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (22)

The sense of torpor simultaneously helps to call attention to the painterly beauty of the images-widescreen compositions evoking the light and coloring of 18th century paintings-and the grim, fatalistic determinism of the narrative...

March 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Barry Lyndon is, despite its rigorous construction, also among Kubrick's more emotionally engaged films.

March 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The wonderfully dry and witty narration is from Thackeray, delivered by Michael Horder.

February 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

As leisurely as it is painterly, this is a masterclass in cinematography - famously, Kubrick used nothing but natural light in all but a few scenes. Don't miss the chance to watch it in a cinema.

July 31, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Every frame of every battle scene or courtly interlude is exhaustively and exquisitely detailed.

July 29, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

There are few films so sumptuous that you almost require fabric swatches while watching -- peachy moiré silks, red brocades, eau de nil satins, lilac-grey velvets -- and that's just the menswear and the furniture.

July 29, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Barry Lyndon

Visually as close as you'll get to seeing an masterpiece oil painting brought to vivid realization, the story concerns an impressionable young man who desires a better social class for himself which, as we all know, is easier said than done. Class struggle then, in spades, that boasts a pace and music score keeping with the era portrayed (If classical music makes you fidgety this may not be for you!). But the minute observations into societal pretense are a refreshing relevation. Enjoyable.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A fabulous picaresque tale - satirical and tragic - in which we see Kubrick make every splendid shot look like an authentic 18th-century painting while using a cynical and essentially cold approach to recount a long series of barely connected episodes in our anti-hero's ill-fated life.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

My favorite Kubrick film by far. Epic story with fine costumes and sets -- and a soundtrack to die for.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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