Waking Ned Devine


Waking Ned Devine

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A heartwarming comedy with a delightfully light touch, Waking Ned Devine finds feel-good humor in some unexpected -- and unexpectedly effective -- places.



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Just as the charming British film The Full Monty told the story of simple men willing to shed their clothes for money, Waking Ned Devine is the story of older Irish men who pursue money and take off their clothes. Commercial director Kirk Jones makes his feature directing debut with a story about a small town in Ireland called Tulaigh More, where one of their 52 inhabitants wins the lotto jackpot of nearly seven million pounds. When nobody claims it, the town goes on a search to find out why. They find the winner, old Ned Devine, dead -- a smile on his face, clutching the winning ticket. Well, in Ireland, the lottery winnings must be claimed by the purchaser, which puts the town in a spot -- if the lottery officials discover Devine dead, he forfeits his money. What ensues is a community coming together in hopes of getting his money to split 51 ways. What they learn is the importance of friendship and the true value of money. To reveal any more would spoil some major surprises, but suffice it to say, it involves aging actors David Kelly, 69, and Ian Bannen, 70, naked. ~ Chris Gore, Rovi

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Ian Bannen
as Jackie O'Shea
David Kelly
as Michael
James Nesbitt
as Pig Finn
Maura O'Malley
as Mrs. Kennedy
Paddy Ward
as Brendy
James Ryland
as Dennis Fitzgerald
Fintan McKeown
as Pat Mulligan
Matthew Devitt
as Tom Tooney
Eileen Dromey
as Lizzy Quinn
Dermot Kerrigan
as Father Patrick
Jimmy Keogh
as Ned Devine
Brendan F. Dempsey
as Jim Kelly/Lotto Man
Larry Randall
as Father Mulligan
Eamonn Doyle
as Dicey, The Fiddleman
Raymond MacCormac
as Baudron Player
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Audience Reviews for Waking Ned Devine

A quaint little Irish village gets excited when they realise someone there may have won the national lottery worth millions. In the meantime, we get a chance to look in on the hopes and dreams they share. It's a nice visit indeed, missing only the taste of beer from the local pub.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Charming Irish comedy with a pretty dark but nevertheless sweet sense of humor about a small village trying to find out which one of their own won the lottery millions, discovering quite a bit of a surprise. The mostly aged cast delivers lovable and quirky characters you easily cheer for. Once the dilemma is on the table things maybe go a little too smoothly, so the plot could have used a turn or two more in the second half. But that doesn't take anything away from how enjoyable this film is. The Irish countryside and soundtrack add up to the quirky, traditional feel of the movie that makes it hard not to be absolutely enchanted by the story.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Weird, I thought I rated this already on my Gx acct? Just watched it again, 2 old farts, 1 small village and a winning lottery ticket. My kind of funny ^_^

Ginny  X
Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

Oh so funny!

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

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