Spike Milligan's book about the divided Irish village of Puckoon comes to the big screen.

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Dan Madigan
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Dr. Goldstein
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Father Rudden
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O'Brien
Griff Rhys Jones ...
Col. Stokes
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Foggerty
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Rafferty
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O'Toole
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Sgt. McGillikuddie
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Sir John Meredith
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Alex Walker
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The surveyor
Frankie McCafferty ...
Lenny
Conor Mullen ...
Shamus
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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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This was Richard Attenborough's final acting role before his death on August 24, 2014 at the age of 90. See more »

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Writer-Director: 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.
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Fantastically funny , capturing all Milligan's bright infectious humour
8 September 2002 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Fantastically funny with a serious message at its heart. Director Terence Ryan has captured the bright infectious humour of Milligan's comic novel and balanced it with the darker political message of the partition of Ireland.


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