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Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

Albert Sharpe , Janet Munro , Robert Stevenson  |  G |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 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: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55SI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,131 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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Take a wee bit of ancient folklore, mix in some spectacular special effects and a magical cast (including Sean Connery) -- and you've got one of the most enchanting fantasies of all time! A frisky old storyteller named Darby O'Gill is desperately seeking the proverbial pot of gold. There's just one tiny thing standing in his way: a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian. In order to get the gold, Darby must match his wits against the shrewd little trickster -- which proves no small task, indeed! Fall under the spell of DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE for a fun-filled evening of magic, mirth, and nonstop shenanigans!

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109 of 111 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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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little People, Sean Connery and Widescreen August 3, 2004
"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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82 of 87 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New DVD is Outstanding August 30, 2004
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this film!
Published 2 days ago by big m
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome old time story of Irish legends starring a very ...
Awesome old time story of Irish legends starring a very young Sean Connery.....if you are a fan of "the wee folk" you cantgo wrong with this Disney classic....charming
Published 3 days ago by Mark Sinnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of our all time faves!
Published 8 days ago by Jill Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by jason herzog / lori herzog
4.0 out of 5 stars Disney- need I say more
This a a movie that everyone gathered for a big family gathering can watch. Tenderhearted children might find the Banshee disconcerning. Read more
Published 14 days ago by florida grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 16 days ago by Lelia Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Darby O'Gill and the Vertically Challenged People
I got nostalgic recently about my childhood and bought a few of the movies I remember loving as a kid. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bed knobs and Broomsticks... stuff like that. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Nudd
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Disney movies ever
One of the best Disney movies ever. Also the best leprechaun movie for sure. DVD has good add ons including an interview with Sean Connery.
Published 23 days ago by DWB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic!!! 5 stars
Published 23 days ago by Michael A. Jaindl
5.0 out of 5 stars Was a very good movie. Was fun and entertaining
Was a very good movie.Was fun and entertaining.
Published 26 days ago by Bryan Beal
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