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
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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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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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Col. Martin: Gunner Madigan, you are a coward.
Dan Madigan: No, Sir! Not true! I'm a hero with coward's legs.
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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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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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