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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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Lance Hool
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... John Riley
Joaquim de Almeida ... Cortina
Daniela Romo ... Marta
Mark Moses ... Col. Benton Lacy
Stuart Graham ... Corporal Kenneally
Gregg Fitzgerald Gregg Fitzgerald ... Paddy Noonan
Don Wycherley Don Wycherley ... Brian Athlone
Wolf Muser ... Cpl. Schultz
Luke Hayden Luke Hayden ... Seamus McDougherty
Ilia Volok ... Daniel Grzbalski
Patrick Bergin ... General Winfield Scott
James Gammon ... General Zachary Taylor
Carlos Carrasco ... Dominguez
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Captain Gaine
Dermot Martin ... Seamus Fitzgerald
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Storyline

"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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 October 1999 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

A Coragem de um Homem See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$108,567, 26 September 1999

Gross USA:

$240,067

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$240,067
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The San Patricio's Battalion is shown containing predominantly Irish members, with a German and Pole. The real San Patricio's also contained Catholics from Canada, England, Scotland, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, and France, along with Mexicans, escaped slaves from the southern U.S., and a few disenfranchised Americans. It was though, as the name suggests, still predominantly Irish. See more »

Goofs

The San Patricio Flag is taken from the hands of a fallen soldier, yet in a close up shot after the battle the flag can be seen under the head and hands of the fallen soldier. See more »

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A powerful film on a little-known episode in American history.
15 April 2003 | by janskeltonSee all my reviews

This is one of the most powerfully moving films I've ever seen. Maybe it does lack some technical expertise, but I got so totally lost in the storyline, I didn't notice that. This film is precisely what I appreciate so much about Tom Berenger: it seems that Tom Berenger can take a small episode of history and make it memorable--so memorable, in fact, that I've seen this movie only twice, but scenes from it keep playing in my mind.


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