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Waking Ned Devine (1998)
"Waking Ned" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  20 November 1998 (USA)
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When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.

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Paul Vaughan ...
Narrator (voice)
Adrian Robinson ...
Lotto Observer
Maura O'Malley ...
Mrs. Kennedy
Robert Hickey ...
Maurice O'Toole
Paddy Ward ...
Brendy O'Toole
James Ryland ...
Dennis Fitzgerald
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Pat Mulligan
Eileen Dromey ...
Lizzy Quinn
Kitty Fitzgerald ...
Kitty
Dermot Kerrigan ...
Father Patrick
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Storyline

The lucky winner of the national lottery is Ned Devine, so taken by his good fortune that he now can't be waked, because he died from the shock of it! News of the win spread quickly in the scenic little Irish village of Tully More, but not the secret news of Ned's demise. With lottery officials closing in to confirm the prize claimed by the deceased Devine, Ned's closest friends scheme to keep the prize money close to home, in memory of Ned of course! But as the plot twists humorously, they learn it is hard is to keep such a secret in a small town. Written by OBGriffiths@yahoo.com

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village | lottery | black comedy | wake | death | See more »

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Finally, a comedy that will make you feel like a million bucks. See more »

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Rated PG for nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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20 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£911,901 (UK) (19 March 1999)

Gross:

$24,788,807 (USA) (18 June 1999)
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Trivia

Despite being set in Ireland the film was shot in the Isle of Man, which is part of the United Kingdom. See more »

Goofs

When the lotto man comes to the village the fist time to verify the ticket, Jackie states that he has left the little bag with the ticket in it in the phone booth. However, earlier when Jackie and Michael are making the call to the lotto we see Jackie placing a red bag with the ticket in it on top of the phone, but when they leave the phone booth there is clearly no red bag left behind. See more »

Quotes

Kitty: Yoo-hoo. It's not me Christmas card already is it, Michael?
Michael O'Sullivan: Christmas has come early this year, Kitty.
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Crazy Credits

Despite being the title character, Ned Devine is misspelled in the credits as "Ned Divine". See more »

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Referenced in Trapped in a Purple Haze (2000) See more »

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Written by Mike Scott and Steve Wickham
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Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd. and Dizzy Heights/Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
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A Delight of a Comedy
22 July 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Only in Ireland! The backdrop of a small village in Ireland sets the stage for an interesting comedy about a winning lottery ticket and the dead guy it belongs to. Waking Ned Devine is about the waking up of a small village that has been fast asleep since the start. The side stories of love, friendship and greed do not fall short. They in fact add to the greatness of this comedy. A delight for the entire family, even the quick scenes of a 70 year old naked man on a motor cycle comes out to be nothing more than good clean fun. An original idea made into a terrific movie. An enjoyable story with wonderful and like-able characters. A hit!


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