Entertaining, inspiring & educational family entertainment.
Todd Hudnall | Colorado Springs, CO | 07/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This made for television movie is entertaining, inspiring, and educational. St. Patrick is one of the most well know, yet least "known about" significant personalities in world history. God used Patrick to transform Ireland and Ireland's influence helped shape the world. The story starts with Patrick as a reckless youth, captured by slave traders. In slavery to a Irish Warlord he has a Divine encounter that grows into a holy passion for God. He is miraculously delivered from Ireland and returns to his family. Back in his British homeland He hears the call of God to return as a missionary to Israel. Despite numerous obstacles, he refuses to let go of the heavenly vision and soon returns to Irish soil as the Bishop of Ireland. Through power encounters with the druid priests and a servants heart of love for the Irish people, Patrick becomes the catalyst for a spiritual awakening. Patrick Bergen's portrayal of St. Patrick is convincing and compelling. Malcolm McDowell ideally personifies the religious hierarchical antagonists who oppose Patrick. The special effects leave something to be desired but they do not take away from the powerful and moving story of St. Patrick. I highly recommend this movie to all those looking for inspiring family entertainment."
Saint Patrick: The Irish Legend
Lynden C. Rodriguez | San Bernardino, CA USA | 06/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All my life I celebrated St. Patrick's day with little knowledge of what I was celebrating. Saint Patrick: The Irish Legend is the first cinematic representation of this great Saint's life. I was so impressed with the life of this Saint, and this video, that I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Saint Patrick and his Church.From his abduction as a teenager and enslavement by Irish marauders to his conversion on the solitary windswept hills Ireland while tending his master's sheep, Saint Patrick is a shining example of what God can do in the life of a single soul. Through his intense and mystical prayer life, Saint Patrick is instructed on how to escape his captors to return home to England. Upon his return to England, Saint Patrick perceives in a vision the "Voice of the Irish" and is instructed to return to preach the Gospel to those who once held him captive. It is many more years before the Saint is able to return to Ireland, but in a serious of miraculous events he is called back to Ireland to shepherd a pagan people to God.Although, no doubt, there is some fancy to the legends portrayed, I do believe that there may be more than a little truth in them. Saint Patrick: The Irish Legend is a powerful and moving story that is well worth viewing."
Malcolm McDowell is great, but the true story is even better
Lynden C. Rodriguez | 02/20/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The story of Patrick is wonderful, but the film would have been better if it was based entirely on Patrick's two letters rather than later legends. Patrick didn't drive the snakes out of Ireland--there were never any there. What Patrick went through and accomplished are amazing. He doesn't need a movie with him turning into a deer or defeating the druids (whom he never even mentions). Watch this movie for some harmless fun, but read Patrick's letters and be really amazed."
Saint Patrick, the Irish Legend
Joan | Burbank, CA United States | 03/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful movie, and Patrick Bergen gives a wonderful performance as the Irish Saint. Besides beautiful scenery, you have the story, based on Saint Patrick's own writings. The message of Faith and God's Love and Protection is clear throughout. The special effects are not overdone and accentuate the impact of the message in the story. I highly recommend this movie, whether purchased in DVD or VHS format. (I purchased the DVD.) It is enjoyable for all, as its lesson is: Faith, and following the Voice of God, being open to His Will for your life."
Great Fun and A Fantastic Holiday Film
Greg Carpenter | 07/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I would give this film 4 stars for the story, acting, and entertainment value, but I have to deduct 1 star for the costumes and cinematography. As this was a television production, I can overlook that however. The movie retells the legends that surround the memory of Ireland's patron saint. From Patrick escaping slavery to his driving out the snakes in Ireland, converting the island to Christianity, and taking on the Church hierarchy, the film does a great job in telling these legends with flair and pacing that keeps the modern audience's attention. A special acting nod goes to Malcolm McDowell as a scheming Church official that plots to bring about Patrick's downfall. If you've celebrated St. Patrick's Day and never knew who the man was, pick up this movie. It's a very entertaining education."