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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackie O'Shea
... Michael O'Sullivan
... Annie O'Shea
... Maggie O'Toole
... Pig Finn
Paul Vaughan ... Narrator (voice)
Adrian Robinson ... Lotto Observer
Maura O'Malley ... Mrs. Kennedy
Robert Hickey ... Maurice O'Toole
Paddy Ward ... Brendy O'Toole
James Ryland ... Dennis Fitzgerald
... Pat Mulligan
Eileen Dromey ... Lizzy Quinn
Kitty Fitzgerald ... Kitty
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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This fall, odds are, you'll get lucky. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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8 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Waking Ned Devine  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original title of the script was Waking Ned Devine. However, distributors insisted on changing it to Waking Ned as they felt the shorter title was more user friendly. American distributors were the only ones to keep the 'Devine'. 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

Jim Kelly: I'll just have to come back to the village and make some enquiries. To make sure that you are Ned Devine.
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Catherine Rutter is thanked twice See more »

Connections

Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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The Golden Goose
(1998)
Music by Maura O'Malley
Lyrics by Kirk Jones
Performed by Maura O'Malley
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A truly wonderfully enjoyable movie that everyone will love!*!
14 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I loved this film as has everyone in my family! Rarely does a film have such charm, humor, sense of place and wonderful ensemble performances. The spirit of Waking Ned Divine is at once uniquely Irish as it is universal. The joy of entering in to a community that is as insular as we imagine a small remote village to be and has the values of trust and loyalty to each other is completely heart-warming, and those one wishes everyone lived. Each character creates a memorable part of a thoroughly satisfying whole. Waking Ned Divine will be playing forever, but the sooner you see it the more enriched the rest of your life will be. My family and I love sharing art at its' highest level with all those who love and appreciate the same.


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