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The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966)

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After inheriting his father's title, the young noble Hugh O'Connell is taken hostage by the English viceroy but escapes to lead an uprising.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter McEnery ...
Hugh O'Donnell
Susan Hampshire ...
Kathleen McSweeney
Tom Adams ...
Henry O'Neill
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Captain Leeds
Norman Wooland ...
Sir John Perrott
Richard Leech ...
Phelim O'Toole
Peter Jeffrey ...
Sergeant
Marie Kean ...
The Mother
Bill Owen ...
Officer Powell
Peggy Marshall ...
Princess Ineen
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Martin
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Sean O'Toole
Fidelma Murphy ...
Moire
John Forbes-Robertson
Patrick Holt
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Ireland 1587. Hugh O'Donnell inherits the title of The O'Donnell, the prince of Donegal, and tries to unite Ireland to make war on England. But then Hugh is kidnapped and imprisoned by the Viceroy of Ireland and held ransom for the Clans' good behavior. Hugh must escape prison and the Viceroy's villainous henchman, Captain Leeds, before he can fight. Written by Kathy Li

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1 October 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det blodige sværd  »

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Trivia

Mark Eden had his first starring role in this film but during the third day of shooting he had to jump off a horse and run down a hill, and in doing so caught his foot in a rabbit hole and broke his ankle. This resulted in him being dropped from the film and losing his five year contract with Walt Disney. See more »

Goofs

The song "O'Donnell Aboo," which is sung at the film's conclusion was not written until the 1840s and refers to events in the Nine Year's War, which took place from 1593 to 1602. The film begins in 1587, prior to the conflict. See more »

Quotes

Lord McSweeney: The Queen does not bluff. She's a politician, yes, but she's a realist. She'd hang her grandmother if she was a threat to the crown.
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Traditional
Arranged by Eric Rogers
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A vastly pleasing piece of swashbuckling...
26 February 2006 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

American audiences tended to get only the glorified English version of the Tudor period in films...so this vastly pleasing piece of swashbuckling came as a breath of fresh air, telling the story from the Irish viewpoint for a change. The Disney studios had earlier tried their figurative hand at Scots history with Rob Roy; the Highland Rogue, an interesting but less successful and flawed attempt. It wasn't until the 1995 films of Rob Roy and Gibson's Braveheart that we got a better idea of the other side. Peter McEnery, at that time a great favorite Romantic lead from the previous Disney hit "Moonspinners" opposite Hayley Mills, had just proved in the French film "La Curee" that he was ripe for more mature roles. The Irish prince Red Hugh O'Donnel turned out to be arguably his best and most sympathetic role to date, a truly dashing and romantic swashbuckling hero. If you like costume epics, don't miss this one!


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