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

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Vaughan ...
Narrator (voice)
Adrian Robinson ...
Maura O'Malley ...
Robert Hickey ...
Paddy Ward ...
James Ryland ...
Pat Mulligan
Eileen Dromey ...
Lizzy Quinn
Kitty Fitzgerald ...
Dermot Kerrigan ...
Father Patrick


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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Waking Ned Devine  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


The An Post (Irish Post Office) van that carries Ned from his home to the Church has a UK licence plate. See more »


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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The Golden Goose
Music by Maura O'Malley
Lyrics by Kirk Jones
Performed by Maura O'Malley
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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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