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Waking Ned Devine (1998)



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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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Critic Reviews for Waking Ned Devine

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (15)

A genial, feel-good item.

March 11, 2008 | Full Review…
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Though it strives for broad humor, pushing cuteness and light irony, this bland 1998 movie isn't exactly a comedy.

March 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Charming performances and easygoing humour are the strengths of Jones's enjoyable Oirish romp.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Completely delightful movie.

July 21, 2005

Breezy little comedy.

July 12, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There is some nudity in Ned Devine, but it's the funniest nudity in movies in ages.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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

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