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Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Waking Ned (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 8 January 1999 (USA)
When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.

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Paul Vaughan ...
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Adrian Robinson ...
Maura O'Malley ...
Robert Hickey ...
Paddy Ward ...
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Pat Mulligan
Eileen Dromey ...
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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How far would you go to win a fortune! See more »

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Comedy

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Rated PG for nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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8 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$148,971 (USA) (20 November 1998)

Gross:

$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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Remade as Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw (2006) See more »

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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 Delight of a Comedy
22 July 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Only in Ireland! The backdrop of a small village in Ireland sets the stage for an interesting comedy about a winning lottery ticket and the dead guy it belongs to. Waking Ned Devine is about the waking up of a small village that has been fast asleep since the start. The side stories of love, friendship and greed do not fall short. They in fact add to the greatness of this comedy. A delight for the entire family, even the quick scenes of a 70 year old naked man on a motor cycle comes out to be nothing more than good clean fun. An original idea made into a terrific movie. An enjoyable story with wonderful and like-able characters. A hit!


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