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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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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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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 »


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 »


Jackie O'Shea: Annie, where's me ticket?
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A lovely Tale!
19 February 2005 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – 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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