Darby O'Gill And The Little People
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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!|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.|Sean Connery appears in the film -- in a singing role --three years before he became famous as James Bond.|Leprechaun means little body in Gaelic, and according to legend, they are 21 inches tall, usually dressed in grass green, 5,000 years old, and immeasurably wealthy.|The film contains one of the scariest scenes ever to appear in a Disney movie â the wail of the hideous Banshee and the arrival of death coach Costa Bower.|With the aid of lavish matte shots, the film was shot entirely in California.
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Re-reading the reviews, it seems like the 5 stars are from grown ups who liked the movie as kids. There are better old Disney movies for kids to watch.
Fast forward forty plus years later, and I'm a middle aged man, and finally after ordering "four classic Disney films" on a four-DVD set, I finally see this very film sweet little film.
All I can say is they just don't make them like this anymore. And I'm unhappy for it. We have here some very basic people with some very basic wants and needs, and the specter of "the quick fix" or a thing (or being) who can promise all if you can match wits against him as the answer to all of the characters materials wants and needs; a.k.a. King of the Leprechauns.
And add to the mix is a kind of love triangle, with the young handsome Scots' man and the pretty young Irish maid who tends to her father, all the while the specter of lust from another male and the machinations of his ill-thought and ill-motivated mother lurk in the background.
In this sense it's actually quite a complicated movie in terms of story, though the plot is actually quite simple. But in spite of all of the side stories and whatever else, we can follow it and still feel entertained by the adventures (and some misadventures) of people trying to get along in life, and a father who wants nothing but the best for his daughter and himself, and willing to grapple with the supernatural in order to get it.
It's a tale of greed, a tale of lust, a tale of redemption, and a love story as well.
After seeing a host of just poor contemporary films that delve into all kinds of tawdry topics, it really was a pleasure to see something that was both old fashioned and dazzling to the eye in a very Disney like way. Colorful, full of live and good performances, and a touch of the blarney, please do give this film watch with either yourself at home or with someone you love.