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Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Waking Ned (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 8 January 1999 (USA)
When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.

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Paul Vaughan ...
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Adrian Robinson ...
Maura O'Malley ...
Robert Hickey ...
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Pat Mulligan
Eileen Dromey ...
Kitty Fitzgerald ...
Kitty
Dermot Kerrigan ...
Father Patrick
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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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How far would you go to win a fortune! See more »

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Comedy

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

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$148,971 (USA) (20 November 1998)

Gross:

$24,788,807 (USA) (18 June 1999)
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Writer/director Kirk Jones did not have time to cast the role of Father Mulligan before shooting began. On location, he asked gaffer Larry Randall if he would play the part. Randall agreed, and appears in the finished film. See more »

Goofs

When Lizzy is calling the National Lottery from the phone booth, it is clearly visible that the entry in the yellow pages is in fact a cut-out piece of paper glued onto a different entry. See more »

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Jackie O'Shea: Michael O'Sullivan was my great friend. But I don't ever remember telling him that. The words that are spoken at a funeral are spoken too late for the man who is dead. What a wonderful thing it would be to visit your own funeral. To sit at the front and hear what was said, maybe say a few things yourself. Michael and I grew old together. But at times, when we laughed, we grew young. If he was here now, if he could hear what I say, I'd congratulate him on being a great man, and thank him for ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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Fisherman's Blues
(1988)
Written by Mike Scott and Steve Wickham
Performed by The Waterboys
Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd. and Dizzy Heights/Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
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This is a beautiful little film!
26 July 2004 | by (Monrovia, Calif.) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful little film, touching on the universal themes of friendship, and the corrupting power of money and greed. It was a sleeper back when it was released, but got very good word of mouth. Sure it's sentimental and plays somewhat on stereotypes (I'm assuming, as I've never actually spent any time in a small Irish village), but the cast includes many great Irish and British character actors (especially the late Ian Bannen), and it's funny, well directed, beautifully shot, joyous and ultimately life-affirming. I've seen it with several friends, and they all dug it. The music is also very enjoyable, especially the last song, "The Parting Glass".


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