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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 OBGriffiths@yahoo.com

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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?


The original title of the script was Waking Ned Devine. However, distributors insisted on changing it to Waking Ned as they felt the shorter title was more user friendly. American distributors were the only ones to keep the 'Devine'. See more »


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 »


Michael O'Sullivan: Has the news reached Tullymore?
Jackie O'Shea: Not even Dublin's figured it out yet, so nobody knows but the winner.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the fond memory of Ian Bannen (Jackie O'Shea), Alexandre Heylen (producer) and Peter 'Snowy' Butler (grip) - "we shall forever be in your debt". See more »


The Mountains of Mourne
Traditional Irish tune
Lyrics by Percy French
Sung by Finn and another man after the dinner
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A truly wonderfully enjoyable movie that everyone will love!*!
14 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this film as has everyone in my family! Rarely does a film have such charm, humor, sense of place and wonderful ensemble performances. The spirit of Waking Ned Divine is at once uniquely Irish as it is universal. The joy of entering in to a community that is as insular as we imagine a small remote village to be and has the values of trust and loyalty to each other is completely heart-warming, and those one wishes everyone lived. Each character creates a memorable part of a thoroughly satisfying whole. Waking Ned Divine will be playing forever, but the sooner you see it the more enriched the rest of your life will be. My family and I love sharing art at its' highest level with all those who love and appreciate the same.

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