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Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Ian Bannen , David Kelly , Kirk Jones  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (868 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, James Nesbitt
  • Directors: Kirk Jones
  • Writers: Kirk Jones
  • Producers: Alexandre Heylen, Glynis Murray, Keith Hayley, Mark Ezra, Miara Martell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 1999
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (868 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,256 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Waking Ned Devine" on IMDb

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When local wag Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) discovers that one of his neighbors in the village of Tulaigh Mohr is a lottery winner he sees a chance to share in the wealth. Things get complicated when Jackie and his pal Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) discover that the winner, Ned Devine, died of shock at the very moment he learned of becoming a millionaire. Undaunted, Jackie and Michael dispose of the lucky stiff and hatch a plot to impersonate him and claim the prize. Soon the whole village is involved and the plot rapidly thickens.

This film has been compared to The Full Monty, but it lacks the vein of desperation that added depth to that film. Instead, Waking Ned Devine is closer in tone to classic British comedies like Whisky Galore!, with its cast of eccentrics gleefully conspiring to outwit the authorities. Those with a low tolerance for twinkly eyed Irish charm might be tempted to steer clear, although the movie is saved, for the most part, by its central performances. Bannen is superb as an old man who is clearly hungry for any excitement he can drum up and David Kelly is remarkable as his scrawny sidekick. Kelly has had a long career as a character actor in film and television, but here he has a chance to really let loose. His naked motorcycle ride is a marvelous set piece and in all of his other scenes his twitchy, perfectly timed performance quite simply steals the movie. --Simon Leake

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When Ned Devine dies from shock after winning the lottery, two longtime friends, Micheal and Jackie, discover the body and agree Ned would want them to benefit from his good luck. They embark upon an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket but first they have to get all the townsfolk to go along with their plan!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Fairy Tale May 7, 2005
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You may not immediately spot the leprechauns, wizards, and other tell-tale signs, but as you watch `Waking Ned Devine', you will soon realize that what you are seeing is an Irish fairy tale, simple and pure. The signs are all there, and if you are sharp, you will soon start to catch them. First to make its appearance is the pot of gold, disguised as a winning lottery ticket held by some lucky neighbor in the tiny village of Tulaigh Morh. Next, you will discover that the two old men scheming for a piece of the action, blarney filled Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and his expressive faced scarecrow pal Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly), are but thinly disguised mischievous leprechauns. You will meet a hog keeper (James Nesbitt) waiting for the kiss of a fair maid (Susan Lynch) to reveal him for the prince that he is, and an old hag so black hearted and malevolent that all know her as a witch. And when Ned Devine, the neighbor with the winning ticket, dies from the shock of it, his ghost appears to old Jackie in a dream, setting in motion a plan fanciful as any Puss in Boots ever dreamed of that has the whole village working to outwit the vigilance of the lottery board and the malevolence of the witch, to all claim a piece of the fortune at rainbow's end.
`Waking Ned Devine' will enchant you and make you laugh. From its opening scene until the last verse of The Parting Glass is sung, it will charm you and leave you with a smile, wanting to watch it again.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, lovely...and holds up to repeated viewing November 3, 2002
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I first saw Waking Ned Devine in the movie theater. I quite enjoyed it at the time but had not seen it again until just this weekend.
In contrast to essentially ALL comedies I have seen in recent years, this one holds up wonderfully to repeated viewing. It was even better than the first time. Every part, from the stars O'Bannon and Kelly to the smallest walk-ons, is wonderfuly acted. I particularly liked the old sourpuss who rode the motorized cart, the pig farmer, and the young priest. They are all so multidimensional that you can imagine what they are doing when they aren't on screen.
The screenplay is wonderful, and the direction is expert. I especially liked the love scenes between Maggie and the pig farmer who smells so bad that she has to stay yards away from him at all times. Imagine an affecting, humorous, and believable love scene where the participants don't even touch each other!
Another plus is that this is actually a great family movie. Although it is in no way designed for kids, my 8-year-old laughed all the way through it. He especially liked the famous naked motorcycle ride!
Definitely worth owning (not just renting)!
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Irish (?) Comedy March 8, 2000
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I must admit that I bought this movie because of where it was filmed rather than because of the plot, although I was not at all disappointed with the latter. I found the combination of impeccable performance, gentle wit, occasional hilarity, evocative soundtrack and stunning scenery harmonised perfectly into a highly enjoyable whole. DVD audio and video quality is excellent although there is little otherwise to choose between VHS and DVD formats. Extras are limited to "text and photo" biographies of the cast and a Theatrical Trailer which gives away too many surprises - DO NOT WATCH THIS BEFORE WATCHING THE MOVIE.
Many people may be surprised to discover that not a single frame of the movie was shot in Ireland, the filming actually taking place on the Isle of Man. Although more famous for its tail-less cats and the annual TT motorcycle races, tax concessions by the (Independent) Manx government have recently made the Island something of a haven for movie makers. The Isle of Man (which is almost exactly at the geographic centre of the British Isles) is in many ways an ideal location ; within its 220 square miles it possesses much of the landscape scenery found in the United Kingdom and Eire and enjoys a more favourable climate than either of its near neighbours.
The dramatic cliffs of the Island's south-west coast are used to wonderful effect in Waking Ned Devine as are the beautiful, secluded bays and the narrow country lanes - the naked motorcycle ride has to be one of the most memorable scenes in any recent movie. The village of Tullymore in the movie is actually Cregneash, at the extreme southern tip of the Island. A large part of this village, with its thatched farmstead and cottages, is a living museum, part of Manx National Heritage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Feel-Good Film January 30, 2006
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As we learn every St. Patrick's Day, we all have a little of the Irish in us -- that irrepressible urge to smile, enjoy our neighbors and family, and tell a good story.

This is one such story. Filmed in a beautiful village on the Isle of Man, it features actors that are not beautiful physically (although not ugly either) and a story line that is incredible, but not quite impossible. And you come away from it feeling good. Even the Wicked Witch gets her just desserts.

I lent it to an Irish friend who was down after attending several funerals of old friends and it restored his good spirits. It's that kind of film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Devine"ly funny October 25, 2002
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"Waking Ned Devine" doesn't have Julia Roberts or Adam Sandler in it, and that's an automatic sign of good quality. But it's the winking Irish cuteness, widespread fraud, lovable characters and tight plotting that make this movie "Devine" fun.
One of the few thrills in Jackie O'Shea's (Ian Bannen) life is the lotto. And so when he and his best buddy Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) discover that someone in their tiny Irish village of Tullymore (population: around fifty, not including animals) has won, they go to absurd lengths to find out. After a few dead ends, they find out: kindly Ned Devine. The problem is, Ned is dead of the shock, with a lottery ticket in his hand and a silly grin on his face. That night, Jackie has a dream about Ned offering to "share the chicken," and becomes convinced that his dead buddy wants him to cash the ticket.
Jackie and Michael call the lotto and claim that Ned wants to claim his money. The lotto officials duly send out a friendly representative to Tullymore -- and Michael, who has "never told a lie in his life," finds himself in Ned's house, in Jackie's clothes, pretending to be Ned. The problem? The representative plans to ask some of his fellow villagers to confirm that "Ned" is who he says he is. And so the conspiracy of lies begins to spread.
That's not the entire plot, needless to say. There's a love triangle between single mom Maggie (Susan Lynch), loving pig farmer Pig Finn (James Nesbitt), and wealthy wild boy Pat Mulligan. Maggie loves Pig, but she doesn't love the smell he brings with him. There's the question of who the father of Maggie's stoic kid Maurice (Robert Hickey) is -- and be forewarned, there are some red herrings flung toward the audience. Jackie's wife Annie (Fionnula Flanagan) is less-than-pleased by these extralegal activies.
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