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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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Dermot Kerrigan ...
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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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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 »

Goofs

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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Michael O'Sullivan: He survived all those storms to be washed away by a few plastic lottery balls.
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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 Dot the I (2003) 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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Refreshing
3 April 1999 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews

An afternoon tea on a warm summer day is still seen by some people as an enjoyable way to rid oneself of the tensions of the day and to allow oneself to slow down and feel at ease. Waking Ned is a sort of afternoon tea for cinemagoers. Nothing really bad happens. There are no really tense moments, or serious threats to life or liberty, for the mostly likeable but roguish characters. That's what makes the film so appealing!!

There are maybe two characters that quickly lose the audiences sympathy and both get their comeuppance in different ways. One, a truly "nasty piece of work", is reminiscent of the wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz ( the parallel should be readily evident to the viewer). This character meets her demise in the most hilarious manner possible for a likeable film such as this.

On the whole Waking Ned is a refreshing film that is "Feel Good" all the way through without laying on thick layers of mush. No need for the hankies folks but there's plenty of room to toast the villagers' of Tully Moor!!


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