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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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4 April 2003 (Ireland)  »

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Határvillongások  »

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The film takes place in Puckoon, County Sligo, Ireland in 1924. See more »

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Father Rudden: Wine must be treated with respect. It's liquid Christianity. There has never been a bigger argument against teetotalers since the wedding feast at Cana.
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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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Fantastically funny , capturing all Milligan's bright infectious humour
8 September 2002 | by 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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