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
Knowing where to draw the line
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plays a "Writer-Director" in this movie. Attenborough is really a director, but he has never worked as a writer. See more
Madigan always suffered from his legs. During the Great War, while his mind was full of heroisms under fire, his legs were carrying the idea, at speed, in the opposite direction.
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