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The man. The myth. The legend.
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|Bishop Quentin||Malcolm McDowell|
|St. Patrick||Patrick Bergin|
|Luke Griffin||Young Patrick|
Directed by Robert Hughes
Written by Robert Hughes and Martin Duffy
Britain in the Fifth Century
Enslaved in Ireland
Vision of escape
The calling of priesthood
A chance to return
Anointed Bishop of Ireland
Missionary work begins
Challenging the pagan king
Taking on the British church
Pop affirms Patrick's authority
Made for TV.
DVD Cover - Front
DVD Cover - Back
Malcolm's beginning screen credit
Quentin Close Up - first scene
Quentin looking pius
Quentin standing - long shot
Quentin standing with chin up
Quentin questions Patrick's friend
The companion soundtrack CD features music from such artists as Clannas, Solas, Anuna, and Maire Brennan, as well as original music created for the Motion Picture. Soundtrack available on Shanachie Records. www.shanachie.com
1. Maire Brennan- Light on the Hill
2. The Vision/A New Message
3. Anuna-Cormacus Scripsit
4. Jerry O'Sullivan- Wendels Wedding
5. Clannad- La Laethe Bhi
6. Ride Through the Forest/Lira's Palace
7. In the Wilderness/ First Revelation
8. James Keane-Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
9. The Call
11. Solas- Sraid an Chloig
12. Laurence Nugent-Cape Clear
13. The Prayer
14. Death By Fire
15. On the Sea/Captive
16. Disappointment/Finally Ireland
St. Patrick: The Irish Legend is the first
ever feature film depicting the life of the world-famous Irish hero. Armed with
only courage and conviction, Patrick's unwavering belief that good conquers evil
would liberate Ireland and alter the course of history. Patrick Bergin, Malcolm
McDowell, Alan Bates, and Susannah York star in this lush production, filmed on
location in Ireland.
Patrick (Bergin) is born is Britain, the privileged son of nobility. At the age of 16, he is kidnapped by Irish raiders and enslaved by a cruel druid chieftain. Six years later, following many vivid dreams and visions of destiny, Patrick escapes and returns home to England and a sheltered life with his loving parents Concessa (York) and Calpornius (Bates).
Troubled by new visions of the Irish people pleading to be freed from enslavement and hardship, he returns to the turbulent country intent on liberating the nation. His mission is jeopardized by British Bishop Quentin (McDowell), who believes the Irish are warlike heathens, but his unwavering courage in the face of adversity ultimately forces Ireland to abruptly turn in a direction that changed history forever.
This film premiered on March 12, 2000
as a Fox Family TV movie for, you guessed it, St. Patrick's Day. The only thing I knew
about Malcolm going in was that he was to play Bishop Quentin, the head of the
Church in England in fact. I thought this might be another very different,
fun roll to see him in.
I was very wrong.
There really isn't much to say about this film except it is one of the worst pieces of unrealistic garbage I have ever seen. There is no audience for it either. I have talked to people in their 20s - 80s and not one of them liked it.
Malcolm's roll is quite small. His has five short scenes. He appears in the first 5 minutes and is gone until 45 minutes later. All his scenes take place in the exact same interior church set. He is heavily garbed in Bishop attire with a red hat on and switches between two similar outfits. Basically he appears for a few minutes to curse about what Patrick is doing, making a bad name for the church, etc. He is either shown sitting or getting up and walking back and forth. Though he did do some cool angry and pius faces, he didn't even have time to put much into the role. I would think the only reason he did it was to work with his friend Alan Bates one last time.
The story centers around the life of St. Patrick and whoever wrote this must be smoking crack because Patrick is shown as more powerful than god himself. Here are some things Patrick did in the film - walked through fire, created fire, changed the weather (including making snow stop and the sun come out), made all the snakes come out of the ground and go into the sea, suffered no wounds from being stabbed and changed himself and his friends into deer!? Even worse is his life long best friend totally sells him out ruining everything he ever worked for and he isn't upset by that.
Though you will laugh out loud at these stupid scenes and terrible effects, I cannot stress enough that you should AVOID this film at all costs. It has no redeeming value and the acting, story, effects and premise are terrible in every way.
1975 - Malcolm & Alan Bates were in Royal Flash.
1976 - Malcolm & Alan Bates were in The Collection.
1982 - Malcolm & Alan Bates were in Britannia Hospital.
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