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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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Trivia

In the original book, the character called "Dan Madigan" in this film is named "Milligan", the author's own name. See more »

Quotes

Dan Madigan: You said my legs would develop with the plot.
Writer-Director: They will, they will.
Dan Madigan: Why do they still look like a pair of dirty old pipe cleaners?
Writer-Director: Well it's a transitional period...
Dan Madigan: I don't want transitional legs. Anyway, what's this bloody film all about? Here we are in scene 23 and all these people coming and going. Where's it all going to end? I'll tell you what I think. I think you're making it up as you go along. Tell me! Give me a sign!
[a flying bottle smashes into Madigan's head]
Dan Madigan: Okay, that sounded fine...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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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Quote from The Guardian: It's fantiatical, magical stuff
7 September 2002 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic comedy and a 'must see' for fans of Milligan humour and Pythonesque comedy. The screenplay has adapted the story as close to Milligan's novel as can be, keeping all the characters and humour as Spike portrayed them. This is the comedy film of the century.


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