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Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

Albert Sharpe , Janet Munro , Robert Stevenson  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea, Kieron Moore
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: Lawrence Edward Watkin
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55SI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" on IMDb

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Production on the 1959 film began in the mid-1940s when Walt Disney discovered H. T. Kavanagh's "Darby O'Gill" stories and in 1946, sent artists to Ireland for background material.

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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful escape...excellent fantasy... August 9, 2004
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I saw this in theatres when first released. I was a kid, and awestruck. Then the VHS came along. It was good. And now, the best DVD you could imagine! The film could stand on its own, and at a good price. The extras are generous...2 short documentaries, and a scripted "making of" involving Disney himself. Loads of fun! The wonderful Albert Sharpe came out of retirement to make this, and he is sharp as a tack; a thoroughly complete performance. He should've had Oscar recognition. For that matter, this film was not nominated for any Oscars at all. The sweet ballad "Irish Lass", though a hit at the time, was ignored, as well as the wonderful Special Effects...and, sadly, Sharpe's performance. The most interesting element of the film is seeing Sean Connery with hair (?); he gives a fine performance and isn't that bad a singer; good insight about how he got this role, in the extras, but I won't blab away the stuff. Janet Munro made her Disney debut, here, and he used her in many others (I liked her in "Swiss Family Robinson"). I don't know what happened to her. She later gave a remarkable performance in "The Day the Earth Caught Fire"; I really like her a lot. She is a natural beauty. This is PURE Disney...sweet, serious, and especially, great for kids. Let the fantasy take them to another place, as it did for me, when I first watched it. It's Albert Sharpe, though, that gives the crowning performance of his wonderful career. Watch it. Love it. Always believe...
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little People, Sean Connery and Widescreen August 3, 2004
Format:DVD
"Darby O'Gill and the Little People" is Disney live action fantasy at its finest. The film ably captures all the beauty and wonder of Irish folkbelief and transfers it to the screen with considerable charm, it is indeed a film the whole family can enjoy (although young kids may find the banshee a bit frightening).

Kudos to the cast, who really bring this film to life. Albert Sharpe is great as the lay about but loveable Darby O'Gill and the beautiful Janet Munro lights up every scene she's in playing Darby's daughter and Sean Connery's love interest. BTW this is the film that producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman found their James Bond in while casting about for a little film they were making called "Dr. No."

As to the issue of widescreen here is the official word from Disney (as included on a flyer in the DVD):

"Darby O'Gill and the Little People is presented as it was originally shot, in a 1.33;1 aspect ratio. When released to theaters in 1959, the studio recommended projecting the image at 1.75:1, to satisy the public's growing appetite for widescreen movies. To give the illusion of this wider image, theaters often needed to crop films at that time, and some of the picture was not seen. The following presentation has not been cropped, and none of the original image has been lost"

Hopefully that settles the issue of Disney "ruining" this film with this DVD release. So, buy the movie, pop some popcorn and settle in for a grand evening's entertainment!
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Sean Sings!! April 11, 2004
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Disney made a slew of films in the early to middle 60's in England, and they are such great whole family films. They are releasing The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, with the brilliant Patrick McGoohan at the same time this one comes out. I hope it's trend from Disney, because there are a lot of costume historicals that I would love to own from their British Period.
This film has long be a fav of mine. Back before Connery because forevermore in our mind James Bond, he did this nifty little Irish Drama. He is coming to take over for an Irish lord as factor, displacing an old man and his daughter. Moonlight and Magick has Connery beginning to fall for the daughter and charmed by the old man. But Da is not going down without a fight. He catches the King of the Wee People and plans of getting his three wishes.
It's done with Irish faerytale charm, Connery is proper dashing as the new hunk, (even show his South Pacific singing voice), the Irish myths are loving retold, making this a delight anytime, but a must for St. Paddy's day!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New DVD is Outstanding August 30, 2004
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If you ever want to find out how Disney tried to bridge the gap between their classic animated fantasies and the live action spectaculars of today, DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE is a typical example of the way things shaped up in 1959. Very few of Disney's movies were specifically about the Irish people, and it is noteworthy that, even in the day of MULAN and POCAHONTAS, no animated feature has been released by Disney that concentrates on an Irish story! So this is where you would go if you wanted to look at Irish legend told through Disney's famous factory of observation and fun.

Of course for those who like looking at "stars before they were stars" the movie reveals a Sean Connery whom some will not recognize because he's just so darn young! Connery had filmed a few movies earlier in the UK, and I suppose Disney executives thought that if his name was "Sean," he might be Irish as John Ford (who sometimes said his name was "Sean") and cast him as an Irish woodsman with a huge crush on Janet Munro. Well, both Munro and Connery and Scottish but it didn't seem to make a difference to the youth of America at which this picture was aimed. The DVD transfer is stunning and filled with the creamy, crisp photography typical of Disney product at the time.

It's no QUIET MAN but it has its moments; and it's scary for kids, so turn out all the lights and let the little ones in, one by one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
LOVE THIS MOVIE! I wish this would play on St. Patty's Day! Love Sean Connery! Great family movie. GREAT PURCHASE FOR MY DVD COLLECTION.
Published 3 hours ago by deborah fosta
4.0 out of 5 stars childhood favorite
Gave it to my grandson.to inspire imaginative entertainment. All films and books truly enjoyed by children are enjoyed by adults. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Pippin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old movie great supplier
Movie came in perfect condition, much faster then expected. Would recommend this supplier. Great movie for st. Patricks day. Thanks a bunch
Published 3 days ago by paris a yensco
5.0 out of 5 stars St. Pats day success
I have wanted a copy of this movie for so long and was glad to see amazon.com had it..its a traditon to show it on St. Pats day and am continuing with my grandsons... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Vicki Forrester
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Irish Fun and Laughter
This movie will be my go to movie every St. Paddy's Day. I saw it years and years ago and it was then and still is a wonderful family movie. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mary Ann Walz
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
One of the greatest St.Patricks day movies to watch! A must got all to have in thier DVD collection. Boom
Published 6 days ago by Joe Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT family movie
This is a great move to have for a family movie night. Break out the sleeping bags and pillows for a family movie night, pop some popcorn, add the dog and cat and get ready for... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Sean Connery as a young man
That says it all! It's a cute movie that we traditionally watched growing up on st. Patrick's day! Has some humor and an underlying moral tone that makes you feel good after... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Unhappy customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Darby O'Gill and the Little People I remembered and loved from when I was young and loved it. I bought it to share with my grandchildren. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Berryo1
5.0 out of 5 stars Darby O'Gill and the little people
My grandchildren enjoyed this movie. The adults enjoyed it a well, remembering it from their childhood. It made a great movie night.
Published 15 days ago by Darlene Auker
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