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"One Man's Hero" tells the little-known story of the "St. Patrick's Battalion" or "San Patricios," a group of mostly Irish and other immigrants of the Catholic faith who deserted to Mexico after encountering religious and ethnic prejudice in the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War. The plot centers around the personal story of John Riley, an Irishman who had been a sergeant in the American Army who is commissioned as a captain in the Mexican army and commands the battalion, as he leads his men in battle and struggles with authorities on both sides of the border. Written by Anonymous

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One man's hero is another man's traitor.

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

8 October 1999 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

A Coragem de um Homem  »

Box Office


$11,350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$108,567 (USA) (24 September 1999)


$229,311 (USA) (22 October 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is rated as unacceptable by the American Humane Society. The films makers refused to produce evidence that no animals were harmed during production. The end titles disclaimer that no animals were harmed is not endorsed by the AHA. See more »


When Sgt Riley is asking the Capt for permission to go to mass, his shoulder strap is over his right shoulder. After leaving the office, his shoulder strap is over his left shoulder. See more »

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Berenger at his best in an engrossing war drama
27 September 2000 | by (ny,ny) – See all my reviews

Someday, perhaps, when this film achieves the reputation as a classic that it deserves it will be widely re-released. A labor of love for Berenger, it features the acclaimed actor in possibly his greatest performance as an Irish sergeant who fights with his men on the side of the Mexicans during the Mexican war. Tom is incredible here, especially in the closing scenes, but everything is superb here, the music, photography, direction by Lance Hool, supporting performances, everything you could ask for in a spectacle like this.See this film.

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