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Darby O'Gill and the Little People [DVD] [1959]

  • SKU: 6736419
  • Release Date: 08/03/2004
  • Rating: G
Baby boomers who may not remember the plot particulars of Walt Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People nonetheless retain fond memories of Disney's publicity campaign, which included an episode of the producer's weekly TV series, wherein the actor playing leprechaun king Brian (Jimmy O'Dea) was passed off as a genuine little person. One look at Darby O'Gill itself and one is willing to believe Disney's subterfuge. The story, based on the writings of H. T. Kavanaugh, involves one Darby O'Gill (Albert Sharpe) an Irish tall-tale spinner who works as a caretaker. On the night that he is replaced by a younger man (Sean Connery), Darby heads home to tell his daughter Katie (Janet Munro) that he has lost his job. En route, he stumbles into the underground leprechaun kingdom, thanks to the intervention of King Brian, who wants to save Darby the shame of telling his daughter about his job. Advised that he will never be able to leave the land of the leprechauns, Darby escapes, and Brian follows. Because he stays above ground until dawn, Brian loses his powers and becomes the property of Darby, who won't let the leprechaun go until he grants three wishes. Brian tricks Darby out of the first two wishes, but is honor-bound to grant the third: that Darby's daughter Katie be wed to the handsome new caretaker. Before this can happen, Katie is seriously injured. As she lies comatose, the Death Coach descends from the sky to gather her to the heavens. Darby rapidly alters his third wish and begs that he be taken in Katie's place. Brian saves Darby's life by tricking him into making a fourth wish, which immediately cancels the first three. The young caretaker wins Katie on his own merits, and Darby has a whole new slew of stories with which to regale the villagers. The principal drawing card of Darby O'Gill and the Little People is its special effects, the most famous of which finds a life-sized Darby O'Gill fiddling away as hundreds of tiny leprechauns dance about him. Even in this era of computerized "F/X", few films have been able to duplicate the sublimely convincing visual magic - -and the effortless charm -- of this 1959 Disney effort.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 13)

    Special Features


    • All new digital transfer
    • Backstage Disney
    • Mr. Connery Goes to Hollywood
    • Little People, Big Effects
    • I Captured the King of the Leprechauns
    • French language track
    • French and Spanish subtitles
    • Specifications:
    • Dolby Digital Mono sound
    • Presented as originally filmed in 1959 - fullscreen (1.33:1)
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Darby O'Gill and the Little People
    Baby boomers who may not remember the plot particulars of Walt Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People nonetheless retain fond memories of Disney's publicity campaign, which included an episode of the producer's weekly TV series, wherein the actor playing leprechaun king Brian (Jimmy O'Dea) was passed off as a genuine little person. One look at Darby O'Gill itself and one is willing to believe Disney's subterfuge. The story, based on the writings of H.T. Kavanagh, involves one Darby O'Gill (Albert Sharpe) an Irish tall-tale spinner who works as a caretaker. On the night that he is replaced by a younger man (Sean Connery), Darby heads home to tell his daughter Katie (Janet Munro) that he has lost his job. En route, he stumbles into the underground leprechaun kingdom, thanks to the intervention of King Brian, who wants to save Darby the shame of telling his daughter about his job. Advised that he will never be able to leave the land of the leprechauns, Darby escapes, and Brian follows. Because he stays above ground until dawn, Brian loses his powers and becomes the property of Darby, who won't let the leprechaun go until he grants three wishes. Brian tricks Darby out of the first two wishes, but is honor-bound to grant the third: that Darby's daughter Katie be wed to the handsome new caretaker. Before this can happen, Katie is seriously injured. As she lies comatose, the Death Coach descends from the sky to gather her to the heavens. Darby rapidly alters his third wish and begs that he be taken in Katie's place. Brian saves Darby's life by tricking him into making a fourth wish, which immediately cancels the first three. The young caretaker wins Katie on his own merits, and Darby has a whole new slew of stories with which to regale the villagers. The principal drawing card of Darby O'Gill and the Little People is its special effects, the most famous of which finds a life-sized Darby O'Gill fiddling away as hundreds of tiny leprechauns dance about him. Even in this era of computerized "F/X," few films have been able to duplicate the sublimely convincing visual magic -- and the effortless charm -- of this 1959 Disney effort. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Albert Sharpe
      Albert Sharpe - Darby O'Gill
    • Janet Munro
      Janet Munro - Katie
    • Sean Connery
      Sean Connery - Michael McBride
    • Jimmy O'Dea
      Jimmy O'Dea - King Brian
    • Kieron Moore
      Kieron Moore - Pony Sugrue



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      As a child, nothing frightened me more...

      Posted
      WillDu

      ...Than the Banshee from Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Some might read that and ask, "What about Mice? Like what if they go up your nose, dude?" To which I reply, I'm not an elephant, as a child I never thought Mice were real, but I was raised by an Irish-American family so the Banshee, well the thought of the screamin' demon coming in and spiriting me away to the land of the dead plagued my childhood life. Darby O'Gill was one of the most horrifying movies of my youth. But it's a classic and I think everybody should see it. If only for Sean Connery's musical number

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Disney Classic

      Posted
      JW25

      Very entertaining. I remember watching this as a kid and watching it over and over and over! I purchased this now to revisit those fond childhood memories, and was not disappointed! Although it does help to have a child's imagination when talking about dancing leprichons that grant ye wishes :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dandy Good Movie

      Posted
      Porfie

      Just as good as when I first saw it 50 yrs ago. Was thrilled to see it again. Fond memories. The Banshee and the little people. What a show. That Walt was something wasn't he. They don't make them like that anymore. Very entertaining. Even at 62. Thanks WALT!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Highly entertaining!

      Posted
      NoIrishRover
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      This DVD is my kids favorite St.Pats movie to watch. They love the fact the leprachauns are NOT cartoon versions, but real people. Wonderful special effects and the "behind the scenes" section was very informative.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Irish movie around

      Posted
      time
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      If your looking for a Holiday movie, then look no further. And Best Buy always has the DVD's in stock that I want. This movie is diffidently one you'll watch more than once.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Forgot how much I loved this movie as a child

      Posted
      SatisfiedXmasShopper
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      Has turned into a favorite of my nine year old daughter. A new part of our st Patrick tradition

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Memories...

      Posted
      Dziadi
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      First saw this when my kids had movie afternoons at grammar school in the 1980s. Delightful film, and always good to see Sean Connery.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very nice movie

      Posted
      Sami
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      This movie was a olddy but goodie! Love it Must it had English subtitle which made me happy.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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