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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

All the cast and crew worked on reduced rates to help the film get made. 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

Michael O'Sullivan: [pretending to be Ned Devine] A big win is it?
Jim Kelly: Ned, you've won six million eight hundred and ninety four thousand, six hundred and twenty pounds. How does that make you feel? Take your time now, there's no rush. It's a great shock to the system I know. Just give yourself a moment to get used to the idea. So what do you think, Ned? Well it was a roll over week. The jackpot wasn't won last week, so they carried it over to this week, and you were the only winner. Were you aware of that, Ned?
Michael O'Sullivan: No.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the fond memory of Ian Bannen (Jackie O'Shea), Alexandre Heylen (producer) and Peter Butler (grip) - "we shall forever be in your debt". See more »

Connections

Featured in Dot the I (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Fisherman's Blues
(1988)
Written by Mike Scott and Steve Wickham
Performed by The Waterboys
Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd. and Dizzy Heights/Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
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A Delight of a Comedy
22 July 2004 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

Only in Ireland! The backdrop of a small village in Ireland sets the stage for an interesting comedy about a winning lottery ticket and the dead guy it belongs to. Waking Ned Devine is about the waking up of a small village that has been fast asleep since the start. The side stories of love, friendship and greed do not fall short. They in fact add to the greatness of this comedy. A delight for the entire family, even the quick scenes of a 70 year old naked man on a motor cycle comes out to be nothing more than good clean fun. An original idea made into a terrific movie. An enjoyable story with wonderful and like-able characters. A hit!


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