One Man's Hero (1999)




Director:     Lance Hool.

Starring:    Tom Berenger, Joaquim de Almeida, Daniela Romo, Patrick Bergin.

The movie is based on the real-life story of the "St. Patrick's Brigade."  During the Mexican-American War of the 1840's, Irish-American soldiers who feel they are being mistreated and brutalized because of their Catholic faith, go AWOL from the army and then over to the Mexican side.  The movie asks the question: Should we root for the Irish-Americans or the Americans in this movie?  And maybe that's the way it should be because life is usually not black and white.




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Historical Background:


A group of U.S. Army deserters of Irish origin joined the Mexican Army as the Batallón San Patricio (Saint Patrick's Battalion).

1847  August 20  --  Mexican soldiers repelled wave upon wave of Americans in a valiant but futile struggle to defend the convent and bridge at Churubusco, the gateway to Mexico City. Some of the fiercest fighting was done by members of the San Patricio Battalion who, knowing that they faced execution if captured, resisted surrender until their ammunition was exhausted.  Sixty-five members of the battalion were captured.

1847 September  --  the U.S. Army hanged sixteen surviving members of the San Patricios as the American flag was raised over Chapultepec, the sign that the citadel had fallen to the Americans. To this day, the San Patricios are considered heroes in Mexico.




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