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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.

Director:

Michael O'Herlihy

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Robert T. Reilley (book)
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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 ... 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 fiery young rebel rocks an Empire ! See more »


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Trivia

Film debut of Maurice Roëves. 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: ...I am the Prince of Donegal and nobody's servant!
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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 »

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Brian Boru
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Traditional
Arranged by Eric Rogers
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Should've been better
27 July 2020 | by r96skSee all my reviews

Almost good, but 'The Fighting Prince of Donegal' just falls short.

It goes through too many peaks and troughs to be classed as enjoyable, but I do like the vibe of the film and the idea of the premise; which begins slowly, hits a purple patch before frustratingly reverting back immediately; quite literally given how the plot 'progresses'.

The casting, meanwhile, is solid if not perfect. Peter McEnery (Hugh) and Susan Hampshire (Kathleen) both do impressive things in earlier 1960s productions 'The Moon-Spinners' and 'The Three Lives of Thomasina' respectively, but they don't work together here; I sense zero chemistry between them or their characters. Gordon Jackson (Capt. Leeds) is my pick of the rest.

Should've been better. 6*.


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Official Sites:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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