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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.

Director:

Michael O'Herlihy

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Robert T. Reilley (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter McEnery ... Hugh O'Donnell
Susan Hampshire ... Kathleen McSweeney
Tom Adams ... Henry O'Neill
Gordon Jackson ... Captain Leeds
Norman Wooland Norman Wooland ... Sir John Perrott
Richard Leech ... Phelim O'Toole
Peter Jeffrey ... Sergeant
Marie Kean ... The Mother
Bill Owen ... Officer Powell
Peggy Marshall Peggy Marshall ... Princess Ineen
Maurice Roëves ... Martin
Donal McCann ... Sean O'Toole
Fidelma Murphy Fidelma Murphy ... Moire
John Forbes-Robertson
Patrick Holt
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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

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

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A brash young rebel inspires a fight for freedom ! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Prince of Donegal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Adams replaced an actor who became ill. 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.
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on television had an opening scene featuring Queen Elizabeth I, but this scene was omitted in the theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Featured in L'ami public numéro un: La belle au bois dormant (1971) 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
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A vastly pleasing piece of swashbuckling...
26 February 2006 | by ccmiller1492See 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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