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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 ...
Lotto Observer
Maura O'Malley ...
Mrs. Kennedy
Robert Hickey ...
Paddy Ward ...
Brendy O'Toole
James Ryland ...
Dennis Fitzgerald
Pat Mulligan
Eileen Dromey ...
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 USA:

$148,971, 22 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,788,807, 20 June 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,515,982, 8 December 2006
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally developed as a 10-minute short. See more »


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 »


Pig Finn: Come on, Maggie!
Maggie O'Toole: I caught a whiff of something then.
Pig Finn: Oh no, it's peaches. Peach soaps, Maggie.
Maggie O'Toole: Oh no. It's something else.
Pig Finn: Could be strawberries. Oh, Maggie.
Maggie O'Toole: Finn.
Pig Finn: Maggie.
Maggie O'Toole: Finn. Oh no, sorry love, it's still there.
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Crazy Credits

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


The Parting Glass
Composed and arranged by Shaun Davey
Performed by Liam O'Maonlai
By courtesy of London Records
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A lovely Tale!
19 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Fionnula Flanagan, Ian Bannen and David Kelly, are just a few of an excellent cast in this tale about an Irish Lotto-winner, who is unable to collect.

Never have I seen a lovelier yarn, and, I tell ye', I've seen a few! Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) figures out that one of the inhabitants in the local hamlet must have won the latest Lotto draw, and does he best to find out who, by every mean possible, and eventually finds out who.

I don't want to spoil it, but it sure is a lovely story! Very close to a masterpiece, and it gets better each time I see it!

Yours, Tord

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