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The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Biography, Family | 1 October 1966 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hugh O'Donnell
... Kathleen McSweeney
... Henry O'Neill
... Captain Leeds
Norman Wooland ... Sir John Perrott
... Phelim O'Toole
... Sergeant
... The Mother
... Officer Powell
Peggy Marshall ... Princess Ineen
... Martin
... Sean O'Toole
Fidelma Murphy ... Moire
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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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Mark Eden had his first starring role in this film, but during the third day of shooting he had to jump off a horse and run down a hill; he caught his foot in a rabbit hole and broke his ankle. This resulted in him being dropped from the film and losing his five-year contract with Disney. See more »

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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: ...I am the Prince of Donegal and nobody's servant!
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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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About as Irish as a bowlful of Lucky Charms
1 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Walt must have been thinking of tying into the "young rebel" trend of the '60s. This is a tale of a generic young Irish nobleman during the Elizabethan era, rebelling against a generic English colonial master (this was made just before the modern troubles broke out.) He gains generic friends and allies, is imprisoned, escapes, leads a generic merry chase all over Ireland, and rescues his generic lady fair from the generic castle.

All that's missing is Herbie the Love Bug! Not once is anyone in any terror of bloodshed. Even Snow White had her frights but Walt, in his dotage, must have been losing his taste or his nerve.

The one real bright spot is the cast full of gonna-be's of British Stage and Screen, including Gordon Jackson, Susan Hampshire, Donal McCann and Maurice Roëves. If nothing else, the director had an eye for serious talent.


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