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Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Waking Ned (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 8 January 1999 (USA)
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When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.

Director:

Kirk Jones

Writer:

Kirk Jones
9 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Bannen ... Jackie O'Shea
David Kelly ... Michael O'Sullivan
Fionnula Flanagan ... Annie O'Shea
Susan Lynch ... Maggie O'Toole
James Nesbitt ... Pig Finn
Paul Vaughan Paul Vaughan ... Narrator (voice)
Adrian Robinson Adrian Robinson ... Lotto Observer
Maura O'Malley Maura O'Malley ... Mrs. Kennedy
Robert Hickey Robert Hickey ... Maurice O'Toole
Paddy Ward Paddy Ward ... Brendy O'Toole
James Ryland James Ryland ... Dennis Fitzgerald
Fintan McKeown ... Pat Mulligan
Eileen Dromey Eileen Dromey ... Lizzy Quinn
Kitty Fitzgerald Kitty Fitzgerald ... Kitty
Dermot Kerrigan Dermot Kerrigan ... Father Patrick
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Storyline

The lucky winner of the national lottery is Ned Devine, so taken by his good fortune that he now can't be waked, because he died from the shock of it! News of the win spread quickly in the scenic little Irish village of Tully More, but not the secret news of Ned's demise. With lottery officials closing in to confirm the prize claimed by the deceased Devine, Ned's closest friends scheme to keep the prize money close to home, in memory of Ned of course! But as the plot twists humorously, they learn it is hard is to keep such a secret in a small town. Written by OBGriffiths@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

This fall, odds are, you'll get lucky. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Ireland | France | USA

Language:

English | Latin | Irish

Release Date:

8 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waking Ned Devine See more »

Filming Locations:

Cregneash, Isle of Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$148,971, 22 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,788,807, 20 June 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,515,982, 8 December 2006
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Dolby | DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Originally developed as a 10-minute short. See more »

Goofs

The An Post (Irish Post Office) van that carries Ned from his home to the Church has a UK licence plate. See more »

Quotes

Annie O'Shea: I have a chicken leg left over.
Jackie O'Shea: I'm full Annie. Put it in the fridge for dinner tomorrow.
Annie O'Shea: Jackie. I counted those joints precisely. If there's a leg left over, it means someone was missing.
Jackie O'Shea: Winner smells a rat? Where's my list? Ned Devine. Ned Devine was missing.
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Crazy Credits

Despite being the title character, Ned Devine is misspelled in the credits as "Ned Divine". See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Memo to the Academy - 1999 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mountains of Mourne
Traditional Irish tune
Lyrics by Percy French
Sung by Finn and another man after the dinner
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Offbeat and Hilarious!
9 February 2004 | by psmcdougSee all my reviews

This is one of my all-time favorite movies, complete with belly-laughs galore! I've always been a fan of off-beat, less-than-commercial stuff that doesn't rely upon the standard comedy formulas-- there's no run-of-the-mill, cheap stereotype stuff; they don't do repetitive physical humor that gets one laugh for every ten tries; and the shallow, vulgar humor to which so many of us Americans have become accustomed is nowhere to be found. Waking Ned Devine caught me from the get-go, with the opening scene with the lottery and apple tart being my all-time favorite in movie history. The wry, offbeat, and somewhat dark humor is good stuff in my book, though I guess (from the looks of a previous review) it's not quite for everyone. It's been a while since I last saw the movie, but I still remember the pigs, intestines, the mad dash on the moped, Ned's dentures, mexican crisps, and the sea-bound telephone booth like I watched it yesterday! Then there's the funeral service, the wake, and the beautiful closing scenes, all of which add some good, clean emotion to the humor. I think I'll watch it again very soon!


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