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One Man's Hero (1999)

"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 religion, who deserted to ... See full summary »

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Cast

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John Riley
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Cortina
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Marta
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Col. Benton Lacy
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Corporal Kenneally
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Paddy Noonan
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Brian Athlone
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Cpl. Schultz
Luke Hayden ...
Seamus McDougherty
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Daniel Grzbalski
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General Winfield Scott
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General Zachary Taylor
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Dominguez
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Captain Gaine
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Seamus Fitzgerald
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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 religion, 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.

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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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8 October 1999 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

A Coragem de um Homem  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$108,567, 26 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$229,311, 24 October 1999
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The final battle in the movie is the battle of Churubusco. Some facts are stretched about the battle, and there are some errors. See more »

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There are a number of geographical and historical errors in this film, including some scenes in the battle of Churubusco (the last battle in the movie). See more »

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Incredible film needs larger release
9 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

I feel a great need to comment on this film. One Man's Hero is a beautifully written film. The actors did a superb job in this film, which we also feel was incredibly directed. Why has it taken so long for Hollywood to do a film on the subject of this war? I was lucky enough to see this film while on vacation. Who knows how long I would have to wait to see One Man's Hero if I were to wait for it to be shown in Kentucky? Can MGM not see the error of their ways by not giving One Man's Hero the larger release it deserves and needs to succeed?

I am the mother of a school aged child. One Man's Hero, in my opinion, could and would be the topic of MANY history class discussions. Please wake up MGM--the vast majority of people I have spoken to are waiting for a larger release. You need to give the people farther East the opportunity to see this beautiful film--you will NOT regret it. Thank you!

Sincerely, Lisa Murley


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