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

 -  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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Maura O'Malley ...
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Eileen Dromey ...
Lizzy Quinn
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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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£911,901 (UK) (19 March 1999)

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$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 »

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When Jackie and Michael are walking to Ned Devine's house and it is raining, Michael is carrying a black umbrella when the two are on the road. However, when they reach Ned's house, Michael has a different umbrella, which is tan with a brown stripe. See more »

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Annie O'Shea: I have a chicken leg left over.
Jackie O'Shea: I'm full Annie. Put it in the fridge for dinner tomorrow.
Annie O'Shea: Jackie. I counted those joints precisely. If there's a leg left over, it means someone was missing.
Jackie O'Shea: Winner smells a rat? Where's my list? Ned Devine. Ned Devine was missing.
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Despite being the title character, Ned Devine is misspelled in the credits as "Ned Divine". See more »

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Remade as Malamaal Weekly (2006) 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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