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Puckoon (2002)

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

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Dr. Goldstein
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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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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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Comedy

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4 April 2003 (Ireland)  »

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Határvillongások  »

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John Lynch (O'Brien) cut his lip badly in the drinking scene, after the plotting to recover the three bodies from across the border (with Father Rudden etc), about 47 minutes into the film. Just after he says "I can't drink anymore," and as he says this someone places a glass in front of him, he lent forward, thus catching his face on the glass. The scene was stopped after that. See more »

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Writer-Director: Many people die of thirst, but the Irish were born with one.
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fast paced mesmerizing comedy with a cleverly constructed script
8 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

At last Puckoon has been made into a wonderful, mesmerizing film. This is a film that every Milligan fan will want to see many times, if just to catch everything that happens in each scene. The script has cleverly constructed in layers, the surface being the fast paced comedy and the deeper layers showing what happens to ordinary people, like the villagers of Puckoon, when their country is suddenly and arbitrarily divided


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