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
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 »
I have a chicken leg left over.
I'm full Annie. Put it in the fridge for dinner tomorrow.
Jackie. I counted those joints precisely. If there's a leg left over, it means someone was missing.
Winner smells a rat? Where's my list? Ned Devine. Ned Devine was missing.
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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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