Darby O'Gill and the Little People 1959

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

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Just-fired Darby O'Gill (Albert Sharpe) does not want to tell his daughter, Katie (Janet Munro), that his position has been taken by a dashing younger man (Sean Connery). Then, on his way home, Darby slips through a portal to the land of the little people. There he meets the leprechaun king, Brian (Jimmy O'Dea), and winds up accidentally bringing the little monarch home with him. Darby then demands Brian grant him three wishes, but the request brings Darby bittersweet, and unexpected, results.

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  • Aug 17, 2020
    An absolute delight of a film, utterly and enchanting. First off, besides some weirdly bad lip-synching near the end, the effects in this are incredible. Yeah every once in a while there will be something a little dated, but for the most part what you see here is as good if not better than what you'd see with CGI nowadays. It's incredible, immersive, and adds to the pure charm of the movie. As to the story, essentially this is just about a human man and the king of leprechauns constantly messing with each other. At first it kind of bothered me, I didn't really like either of them. But soon I realized this was just their weird relationship, and there is a strong respect between them that you see by the end. I also like how intelligent and clever they both are. They can be outsmarted by the other, but they do think things through and usually don't make dumb choices. The rest of the cast is a joy as well. His daughter is just adorable but still a strong figure with a sharp tongue, and a young Sean Connery (who honestly I've never liked) I found myself immensely charmed by here in a Clooney sort of way. The rest of the town is fun too, even the people you don't learn much about, you just get a feeling that this town is alive and a place you'd want to live in. It's just a fun movie, a great adventure, and a joyous time.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2012
    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 V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2007
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2007
    This one i just couldn't get interested in. Just so happens that both my parents LOVE this movie! Hmmm... looks like a generational gap this one. So... apparently if you were born earlier than 1970, this is a necessary watch and quite funny! If you were born after 1970, don't expect a life-changing experience. It's humourous, yes, but not my era.
    Kevin T Super Reviewer

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