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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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"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)  »

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A Coragem de um Homem  »

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Budget:

$11,350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$229,311 (USA) (22 October 1999)
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The film is rated as unacceptable by the American Humane Society. The filmmakers 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 »

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The type of noose used to hang the men was of 1880s design, intended to break the neck of the prisoner as opposed to strangling them, where a slip-knot was used. Since the execution did not drop them from enough height, the noose would not have worked, even if it had existed. See more »

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Fine, interesting film
6 June 2003 | by (MA) – See all my reviews

I was surprised by this movie. Not only is it incredibly interesting, but it has fine production values, good acting, and is alternately stirring and touching, yet ultimately tragic.

Apparently the film received little or no press and release because of it's subject matter: The San Patricios or St. Patrick's Brigade for the Mexican Army who

deserted the American Army because they were being discriminated against

during the Mexican American War. It's a captivating story which I'm surprised I'd never heard before, though I don't understand why some people took so poorly

to it, it's just history.

All in all the filmmakers and cast did a fine job presenting this story very nicely.

Recommended.


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