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St. Patrick: The Irish Legend
Made for TV Movie
For most of us, St. Patrick's Day is about wearing green clothes and accessories, eating green candy and snacks, drinking too much green beer, etc. Increasingly, it is also becoming a day merchants rely on to make their annual sales quota.
It wasn't always like that. St. Patrick's Day used to be a religious holiday commemorating the first bishop of Ireland. St. Patrick, himself an Englishman, spent most of his life converting Irish pagans to Christianity and building the catholic church in Ireland.
This movie answers the question, "Who is Saint Patrick?"
Luck of the Irish
About the Movie
During a druid worship ceremony, a young English boy is captured by Irish invaders. They bring him back to Ireland where he is kept as a slave. After six years he escapes and returns to England where he joins a convent. His true desire, however, is to return to Ireland to bring the gospel to the Irish pagans. His dream is eventually fulfilled and we follow him as he builds the catholic church in Ireland often in conflict with his British superiors.
Clearly, your attention will be drawn to the miracles attributed to St. Patrick. It is easy to overlook the less spectacular miracles of persuasion and influence resulting from this man's determination and commitment.
About the Director
Robert Hughes not only directed St. Patrick: The Irish Legend, a movie made for TV. He also wrote and produced it.
Most of his other work involves such animated TV series as Power Rangers, V.R. Troopers and Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog.
He is obviously a both skilled and accomplished animation artist, but clearly St. Patrick: The Irish Legend is a work of the heart.
Let me start by saying who this movie is NOT for. If you're a stickler for historic accuracy, this is not for you.
If you're looking to be entertained with drama and intrigue based on historic events, this is for you. Robert Hughes, producer/author/instructor, clearly made this movie out of love for the subject matter and it shows. It is his only work of this nature.
I like it for what it is, a tribute to a great legend in Irish history and I was entertained.