One Man's Hero (1999)




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John Riley, is an Irish-American officer in the US Army in 1846 just before the break-out of the Mexican-American War. His men have been imprisoned for attending mass with the local Mexicans and he sets out to free them and is promptly attacked by the US Army. They escape into the desert mountains and are captured by Mexican guerilla forces. Riley, wounded in the battle, is nursed back to health by a beautiful Mexican fighter, Marta. After forming a bond with the guerillas, Riley and his men elect to fight on their side. The 'San Patricios', as they are called, fight bravely, but after the US declares war on Mexico they are evetually taken prisoner. Riley is publicly beaten, branded and forced to watch as his men are hanged. Only when the US leaves Mexico is he finally freed from prison and allowed to journey deep into the Mexican countryside to be reunited with Marta.
R (for violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Tom Berenger
as John Riley
Patrick Bergin
as General Winfield Scott
Mark Moses
as Col. Benton Lacy
Stuart Graham
as Corporal Kenneally
James Gammon
as General Zachary Taylor
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Captain Gaine
Carlos Carrasco
as Dominguez
Don Wycherley
as Brian Athlone
Jorge Bosso
as Col. Maximo Nexor
Rodolfo de Anda
as General Ampudia
Roger Cudney
as Col. Harney
Fernando Elizondo
as 2nd Guerrilla
Gregg Fitzgerald
as Paddy Noonan
Luke Hayden
as Seamus McDougherty
Brett Hool
as Army Recruiter
Jason Hool
as Peter O'Neil
Albert Grimaldi
as James Kelly
Steve Leone
as John Daly
Wolf Muser
as Corporal Schultz
Luis Lorenzo
as Padre Varga
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Critic Reviews for One Man's Hero

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Weighed down by the traditional Hollywood trappings.

Full Review… | December 27, 2009

An interesting historical drama about a little-known incident that would have been much better had someone like John Milius directed it.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

An earnest, flawed film for thoughtful, critical viewing.

Full Review… | January 30, 2004
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for One Man's Hero


It has some weird character motivations and underwhelming violence for an R rated war film, however it is an immersive film. The story provides a new history lesson to those unfamiliar of the Mexican-American war, the actors perform great, and the cinematography is befitting to the setting as well as the film score. For my full review of One Man's Hero (1999), check it out on this IMDB link:

Nick Salvemini
Nick Salvemini

Extrodinary movie!!!!!!!!!! Once again Tom Berenger gives an outstanding perfomance backed by a good cast and a great story. I loved movies like this that are based on a true story. I recommened this for any movie lover.

Anthony Petry III
Anthony Petry III

A good historical drama about the Irish serving in the Mexican Army during the Mexican American War.

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