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Puckoon (2002)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Sean Hughes ...
Dan Madigan
Dr. Goldstein
Daragh O'Malley ...
Father Rudden
Griff Rhys Jones ...
Col. Stokes
Nickolas Grace ...
Sgt. McGillikuddie
Sir John Meredith
Richard Rickings ...
Alex Walker
The surveyor
Frankie McCafferty ...
Conor Mullen ...


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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Határvillongások  »

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This was Milo O'Shea's final film before his death on April 2, 2013 at the age of 86. See more »


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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Big Milligan Fan disappointed in this damp squib
13 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

Spike Milligan was one of the funniest men I've ever seen, and a huge influence on my life.

This movie is limp and awful, and does his memory no credit. The script is cluttered and preserves too many lines from the book intact (the leg jokes here are incomprehensible). The actors' performances are uniformly ineffective, a great cast wasted, and the lead, Sean Hughes, delivers Milligan's belligerent hostilities in a plaintive whine, which misses the point completely.

The gentle pacing is a killer as well. Farce should accelerate towards the end. The Goon Shows often did, the novel "Puckoon" definitely did, but this film, if anything, slows down just when you want the various elements to smash together in a final climax.

Milligan narrated an abridged audio recording of "Puckoon" in 1980, with T.P. McKenna, Dermot Kelly, Norma Ronald and Jack Hobbs. Now, that's funny. Ten minutes of that is funnier than this whole film. I believe the LP was transferred to CD, but don't know if it's still in print.

There is a movie of "Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall" with Jim Dale and Arthur Lowe. It too is a godawful mess, but it's funnier than this thing.

It's possible that Milligan's spirit is too rambunctious for the screen. The other reviewers here are indulging in politeness and wishful thinking. This film fumbles virtually every opportunity and never misses a chance to disappoint.

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