The Magic Stone

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure, Drama, Historical

Five hundred years before Columbus, an Irishman comes to the New World and learns to respect the civilization of Native Americans. Filmed in Massachusetts and Connecticut, this low-budget independent feature is rough in more than a few places but still makes for excellent family entertainment. Shown theatrically in 1994 as KILIAN'S CHRONICLE, the film was...read more

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Five hundred years before Columbus, an Irishman comes to the New World and learns to respect the civilization of Native Americans. Filmed in Massachusetts and Connecticut, this low-budget independent feature is rough in more than a few places but still makes for excellent family

entertainment. Shown theatrically in 1994 as KILIAN'S CHRONICLE, the film was released on home video in 1997. In the 10th century, Irish slave Kilian (Christopher Johnson) jumps ship when his Viking captors stop on the shores of North America. Pursued by rogue Viking Ivar (Robert McDonough),

Kilian is helped by a pair of natives, who take him by boat to a place several days south. Kilian sets up camp and begins building a boat of his own to sail back to Ireland. He is befriended by a native boy, Kitchi (Jonah Ming Lee). Kilian becomes friends with Kitchi's tribe, observing their ways

and becoming fluent in their language. He also becomes attracted to a young woman, Turtle (Eva Kim), but feels he is not in a position to approach her. Kilian helps the tribe thwart a plan by another Viking group to massacre them for their furs. Turtle confesses her love for Kilian. When she

becomes pregnant, the tribe thanks Kilian for giving them a child. Ivar, who has been spying on the Irishman, kidnaps Kitchi and threatens to kill him unless Kilian (who knows how to navigate) takes him back to the Old World. Kilian and Kitachi overcome Ivar, wrecking the boat in the process. But

Kilian decides he would rather stay with Turtle and his new friends.

Made in 1994 and released to video in 1997, THE MAGIC STONE is a strong example of the kind of regional filmmaking that has all but disappeared from the American scene. It was obviously made on a limited budget (several New England grant organizations are credited) that didn't leave much for

special effects; a scene featuring natives being attacked by a man in a bear suit is wisely kept as brief as possible. The story is interesting and entertaining, and with a little more polish could have borne comparison to DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990). As is, the final confrontation between Kilian

and Ivar brings in too much information that should have been developed earlier on. But the performances are pleasant (with the exception of the actress who plays a hysterical Viking woman as if under the impression that this is a tract about Medieval feminism), and the filmmakers did well with

what resources they had, particularly the New England landscapes where THE MAGIC STONE was photographed. (Violence, adult situations.)

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: NR
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