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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

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 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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Hurt, David Hemmings and Ray Brooks all were possibles for Henry. 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 »


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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Fighting Prince of Donegal film would be nice to show to 2nd generation
24 May 2005 | by rbussellSee all my reviews

The 1966 Walt Disney film, The Fighting Prince of Donegal was a bright memory for those of us who saw it first run in 1966. My friends and I bought the book upon which the film was based. It was an opportunity to consider Irish history not told in the encyclopedia and the junior high textbooks available in our town. We followed the acting career of Susan Hampshire as far as we could.

For extra fun, We wrote short fictional stories and scenes to embellish parts we liked. We also wrote new fiction time travel stories based using these historic Irish settings. It was a lot of fun.

I write this to say that we hope someday to find the film, hope to buy it, and see it again. Should anyone be listening, this is a film that should be brought back out for sale.


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