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Puckoon (2002)

 -  Comedy  -  4 April 2003 (Ireland)
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Spike Milligan's book about the divided Irish village of Puckoon comes to the big screen.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Hughes ...
Dan Madigan
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Dr. Goldstein
Daragh O'Malley ...
Father Rudden
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O'Brien
Griff Rhys Jones ...
Col. Stokes
Nickolas Grace ...
Foggerty
B.J. Hogg ...
Rafferty
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O'Toole
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Sgt. McGillikuddie
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Sir John Meredith
Richard Rickings ...
Alex Walker
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Writer-Director
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The surveyor
Frankie McCafferty ...
Lenny
Conor Mullen ...
Shamus
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Storyline

Puckoon is a wee Irish village that gets caught up in an argument about where the border separating Northern Ireland from Ireland should be. Keen to get the matter sorted before the pubs close, a random borderline is wrestled on the map of the Emerald Isle and Puckoon gets divided as well - literally. As the barbed wire fences and Army checkpoints go up overnight, suddenly people cannot get to their outhouses or walk from one side of the street to the other. It has some advantages - everyone squeezes into the tiniest corner of the pub because it is in Northern Ireland territory where the beer is cheaper, but worst of all is the church and its graveyard. Now the newly deceased need a valid passport, renewable every year, if they want to be buried "across the border". A plan is hatched to return the newly dead back to Ireland. At the same time, a plan is hatched to smuggle explosives in coffins to Northern Ireland with, as they say, hilarious results. Written by <jbartlett2000@hotmail;com>

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Knowing where to draw the line

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Határvillongások  »

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Like the novel, several characters break the fourth wall but speak to the writer rather than to the audience. See more »

Quotes

Father Rudden: Wine must be treated with respect. It's liquid Christianity. There has never been a bigger argument against teetotalers since the wedding feast at Cana.
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No animals or humans were hurt in the production of this movie with the exception of Ben Sloan the Production Trainee whose feelings were slightly hurt on one occasion. See more »

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Sunrise
Written by Neil Hannon
[from the Setanta album "Fin de Siecle"]
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OMG this movie is great!!!
10 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this at a Boston Irish Film Festival screening a few years ago and thought it was just simply amazing!! Does ANYONE know where to get it in the U.S.? It rivals such other Irish flicks as Waking Ned Devine and the Rat in it's hilarity, but alas it is unavailable here as far as I know. All about a little town in the hills that gets divided up during the separation of the counties of Ulster from the rest of the country. The most memorable scene to me was when people were trying to cross the border to get to their everyday lives. Women unable to feed their chickens/harvest the eggs, men being able to go into the bar but not actually sit at it. The church even gets separated from sections of the graveyard, which in turn creates some more very funny situations where some of the villagers and the priest (Daragh O'Malley) try and sneak into Ulster to bury a body of one of their late friends. Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!


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