The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns

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When American Jack Woods goes to Ireland, he discovers a mischeivous leprechaun family and is swept up in a bitter war ignited by a Romeo and Juliet love affair between a rebel leprechaun and a fairy princess.


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Mar 19, 2019

Hallmark brings us Romeo and Juliet if Romeo was a Leprechaun (solitary fairy) and Juliet was a Fairy (trooping fairy).
But it's not quite as simple as that, and they make sure to throw in a bunch of differences so that maybe the audience won't recognize it from the beginning.
The biggest difference is Randy Quaid- the human who comes to Ireland on his vacation (or is it? From the beginning doubt is thrown on how much of a vacation this actually is) and falls in love with the girl who believes he's a Peeping Tom. Definitely the comic relief of the movie.
Whoopi Goldberg plays an interesting Grand Banshee, which seems to be 1 of her favorite types of roles as she teaches us social mores about how we should all treat each other.
There's a lot more involved in the war between the fairies and leprechauns, we see a lot more behind the scenes, and a lot more goes on in Romeo and Juliet's relationship- which gives it more credence that they may actually be in love than 5 minutes at a party and now they're going to accidentally kill each other. Speaking of- there's slightly more intelligence going on here, too.
Overall, it's a fun movie, probably something I'll be adding to my library just for convenience because it's one of the better St. Patrick's Day films I've been able to find.

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A Timeless Classic for Everyone Who Believes in Magic
Welcome to the end of the rainbow, where love, fortune and fantasy await the lucky! Spectacular special effects, a star-studded international cast, and a story as timeless as the Emerald Isle itself combine to create a fantastical tale that will touch hearts and dazzle the imagination! The adventure begins as American Jack Woods (Randy Quaid) finds himself far from home in a quaint Irish village where he reluctantly befriends a ragtag group of leprechauns. When a forbidden love affair ignites an ancient war between the leprechauns and the trooping fairies, The Grand Banshee (Whoopi Goldberg) warns of impending doom. Jack is appointed to restore harmony... but will peace prevail before the unthinkable happens? With superb performances by Colm Meaney, Kieran Culkin and Roger Daltrey, "The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns" is a flight of fancy that will weave a touch of mischief and magic into the lives of all who share it!

Sep 11, 2018

A Hallmark, mostly light-hearted take on warfare between the leprechauns and fairies. Made in 1999, so the special effects are a bit hokey. There's also a human love story in parallel, with Whoopi Goldberg playing the community's Grand Arbitrator.

Jul 21, 2012

This is a wonderful family movie! My family has borrowed it a number of times and we find something new and enjoyable each time. It is funny, sweet, and full of adventure. I highly recommend it!

Bellabaker86 Mar 13, 2012

A great magical tell of a human surrounded around the magical legend or Ireland. With Fairies and Leprechauns falling in love. like a Magical version of Romeo and Juliet with a ending you have to watch and see. It makes you believe that anything is possible it you have love and determination. Excellent Movie Stars 5 !

Nov 12, 2010

This is a long movie at 170 minutes, but a good movie for a wintery, snowing afternoon. It is good for the whole family, especially the middle years children. Fairies, leprechauns and a mixture of tricks and warring.


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