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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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Paul Vaughan ...
Narrator (voice)
Adrian Robinson ...
Lotto Observer
Maura O'Malley ...
Mrs. Kennedy
Robert Hickey ...
Paddy Ward ...
Brendy O'Toole
James Ryland ...
Dennis Fitzgerald
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Pat Mulligan
Eileen Dromey ...
Kitty Fitzgerald ...
Dermot Kerrigan ...
Father Patrick
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Storyline

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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This fall, odds are, you'll get lucky. 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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Waking Ned Devine  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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2.35 : 1
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The original title of the script was Waking Ned Devine. However, distributors insisted on changing it to Waking Ned as they felt the shorter title was more user friendly. American distributors were the only ones to keep the 'Devine'. 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

Jim Kelly: Would you happen to know a Ned Devine?
Jackie O'Shea: Ned Devine?
Jim Kelly: Ned Devine. Do you know him?
Jackie O'Shea: I do. I do. Is it Ned you wanted?
Jim Kelly: It is, yeah.
Jackie O'Shea: Well, I can take you to Ned Devine's house if you want.
Jim Kelly: That'll be very good of you. Why don't you jump in the car?
Michael O'Sullivan: Sweet Jesus.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1998 (1999) 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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Watched it 8 Times so Far
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I simply love this movie. Every time we have guests staying overnight or for a few days, I always drag this movie out. It has never hit mainstream America. Too bad! It's funny and it's touching...the two necessary elements to make a memorable movie. You would have to be angry cynic not to love it. The music is superb as well. The character Michael O'Sullivan reminds me of the father of one my best friends growing up. The scene where Michael and Jackie come to prepare Ned Devine is as hilarious as the funeral scene is sweet when Jackie eulogizes his friend Michael O'Sullivan, who is sitting in the front row of the church. Only then do you grasp how these two have been friends since childhood.


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