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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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Kirk Jones

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

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Trivia

Despite being set in Ireland the film was shot in the Isle of Man, which is a Crown Dependency of the United Kingdom. See more »

Goofs

When Lizzy is calling the National Lottery from the phone booth, it is clearly visible that the entry in the yellow pages is in fact a cut-out piece of paper glued onto a different entry. See more »

Quotes

Annie O'Shea: You're a country boy, Jackie. Do you think you can think you can outsmart the man from the city?
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Catherine Rutter is thanked twice See more »

Connections

Referenced in 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown: Episode #19.6 (2020) See more »

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The Parting Glass
(1998)
Composed and arranged by Shaun Davey
Performed by Liam O'Maonlai
By courtesy of London Records
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Enjoyable quirky comedy
4 April 2004 | by ukcommandoSee all my reviews

A quirky comedy that could just as easily have been a TV hit, and to some extent it has that kind of feel. Some fine performances from the cast especially the late Ian Bannen.

Jackie O'Shea lives in a quiet little village, which is beset by the kind of gossip normal in such communities. When he finds that the lottery has been won by someone in the village, Jackie is obsessed by finding who the winner is. After a lengthy process of elimination, Jackie concludes that his friend Ned must be the winner.

But noone has seen Ned for days, so Jackie pays him a visit only to find that Ned has died of shock in his armchair in front of the TV when the lottery results were announced.

Realising that with no heir, Ned's winnings won't be paid out, Jackie persuades his friend Michael to impersonate Ned in order to claim the winnings, but things soon start to get very complicated as they attempt to keep up the facade.....

Not a blockbuster nor a 'split your sides laughing' type comedy (though it has it's moments) but thoroughly enjoyable all the same.


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Release Date:

8 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cregneash, Isle of Man See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$148,971, 22 November 1998

Gross USA:

$24,792,251

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,257,450
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