Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

Darby O'Gill and the Little People


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Movie Info

In this Disney film, Darby O'Gill is a fiddle-playing caretaker of an Irish governor's estate. One night, Darby chases a runaway horse to a haunted hilltop and falls down a well. He ends up in the land of the leprechauns, where he encounters the diminutive King Brian.

Rating: G
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: H.T. Kavanagh, Lawrence Edward Watkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2004
Buena Vista Pictures


as Darby O'Gill

as Katie

as Michael McBride

as King Brian

as Pony Sugrue

as Lord Fitzpatrick

as Father Murphy

as Tom Kerrigan

as Phadrig Oge

as Paddy Scanlon

as Molly Malloy

as Gossiping woman

as Molly Malloy
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Critic Reviews for Darby O'Gill and the Little People

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

[An] overpoweringly charming concoction of standard Gaelic tall stories, fantasy and romance.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

For those of a sentimental turn, there is the delight of watching young Connery romancing the ineffably wholesome Janet Munro, a couple of years before things turned nasty for Commander Bond at Crab Key with the somewhat more knowing Ursula Andress.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film presents a series of utterly charming moments, some magical and some down-to-earth but, considering the setting, equally utopian.

March 10, 2008

...ultimately an entertaining (if all-too-slight) piece of work.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

One of the rare few family movies that should enchant both children and grown-ups.

Full Review… | April 30, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

I have to admit that by the second or third time I saw leprechauns depicted as magical by speeding up the film, I was hoping for someone to show up with a gun.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Darby O'Gill and the Little People

I liked it when I was a kid. Seeing Connery so young is a little strange. The banshee in the movie was pretty scary when I was a kid and I think it still gives me a chill just thinking about it.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

Inconsequential Disney. Darby O'Gill doesn't come up in any list of Disney classics or fondly remembered films from the studio. Why? It's a little fantasy designed to cash in on a culture instead of telling a quality story. The biggest hurdle for the family audience is the thick accents of the main cast, while the somewhat plodding story tends to be an issue as well. It's not a badly made movie; it's just "meh." The forced perspective shots of the leprechauns, though, is a treat.

Jason Vargo
Jason Vargo

Super Reviewer

Little known precious gem.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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