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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book)
Reviews

WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Family | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A wily old codger matches wits with the king of the leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery
Adventure | Family | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In post-Civil War Kentucky, young David Burnie becomes the unexpected heir to the family secret: a map leading to buried treasure on the Florida isle of Matecumbe. The youth, joined by four... See full summary »

Director: Vincent McEveety
Stars: Robert Foxworth, Joan Hackett, Peter Ustinov
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During the Civil War Union spy Andrews and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it to Union territory while destroying the Confederate railway system along the way.

Director: Francis D. Lyon
Stars: Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York
Family | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young English girl Nikky and her aunt arrive at the Moon-Spinners, a hotel on Crete, to a less than enthusiastic welcome. The coolness of the owner is only out-done by the surliness of her ... See full summary »

Director: James Neilson
Stars: Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, Pola Negri
Comedy | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A happy and unbelievably lucky young Irish immigrant, John Lawless, lands a job as the butler of an unconventional millionaire, Biddle. His daughter, Cordelia Drexel Biddle, tires of the ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Tommy Steele, Greer Garson
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Donald receives his birthday gifts, which include traditional gifts and information about Brazil (hosted by Zé Carioca) and Mexico (by Panchito, a Mexican Charro Rooster).

Directors: Norman Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Aurora Miranda, Carmen Molina, Dora Luz
Comedy | Family | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Four bored ghosts in a haunted house who've scared everyone away call up Ghost Hunters Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in hopes to have a little fun scaring them off.

Director: Burt Gillett
Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar
Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Henry Dussard, a young American, inherits a picturesque but badly neglected olive farm in southern France and is determined to make it operational again despite cautionary advice from the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Dean Jones, Yvette Mimieux
Comedy | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When Emil travels by bus to Berlin to visit his grandmother and his cousin, his money is stolen by a crook who specializes in digging tunnels. Emil must get the money back as it is for his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Tewksbury
Stars: Walter Slezak, Bryan Russell, Roger Mobley
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Lillian Gish
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Hugh O'Donnell
Susan Hampshire ...
Kathleen McSweeney
Tom Adams ...
Henry O'Neill
...
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
...
Martin
...
Sean O'Toole
Fidelma Murphy ...
Moire
John Forbes-Robertson
Patrick Holt
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

viceroy | ireland | prince | clan | prison | See All (76) »

Taglines:

A fiery young rebel rocks an Empire ! See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1 October 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Prince of Donegal  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Red Hugh" O'Donnell (in Irish, Aodh Rua Ó Domhnaill) was born in 1572, a son of Hugh Roe (Aodh mac Maghnusa Ó Domhnaill), king of Tir Connaill. The movie, though heavily fictionalized, contains many elements from his life: He was imprisoned in Dublin Castle, but at age 15, not as an adult. He did escape twice, in 1591 and January of 1592, with the assistance of his friends the O'Neills--in fact, he and two O'Neill brothers are the only men to escape (during which Hugh lost two toes to frostbite). At 20 he became The O'Donnell, Lord of Tyrconnel (now Donegal, hence the movie's title), but on his father's abdication, not his death. In 1593 he declared war against the English, joined in 1596 by the O'Neills, though Donegal Castle was never taken by the English. After his forces won an impressive string of battles, Spain entered the conflict as Ireland's allies in 1601, but the combined force was defeated in 1602 and Hugh fled to Spain, hoping Philip III would provide more aid. Unfortunately, the Prince of Donegal died that year at Simancas Castle. 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

Hugh O'Donnell: [to Henry about crossdressing to escape capture] You spenta lot of time chasing everything in skirts. Now you'll know how it feels.
See more »

Soundtracks

O'Donnell Aboo
(uncredited)
Music by Michael Joseph McCann (c. 1843)
Arranged by Eric Rogers
Heard instrumentally throughout the film on the soundtrack
Also sung by Andrew Keir and cast at conclusion
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fighting Prince of Donegal film would be nice to show to 2nd generation
24 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The 1966 Walt Disney film, The Fighting Prince of Donegal was a bright memory for those of us who saw it first run in 1966. My friends and I bought the book upon which the film was based. It was an opportunity to consider Irish history not told in the encyclopedia and the junior high textbooks available in our town. We followed the acting career of Susan Hampshire as far as we could.

For extra fun, We wrote short fictional stories and scenes to embellish parts we liked. We also wrote new fiction time travel stories based using these historic Irish settings. It was a lot of fun.

I write this to say that we hope someday to find the film, hope to buy it, and see it again. Should anyone be listening, this is a film that should be brought back out for sale.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
copy of movie seh-5
Discuss The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?