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
PG (for nudity, language and thematic elements)
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Twentieth Century Fox


Ian Bannen
as Jackie O'Shea
David Kelly
as Michael
Susan Lynch
as Maggie
James Nesbitt
as Pig Finn
Maura O'Malley
as Mrs. Kennedy
Robert Hickey
as Maurice
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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Critic Reviews for Waking Ned Devine

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (15)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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October 17, 2008
Detroit News
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A genial, feel-good item.

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

Full Review… | March 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Charming performances and easygoing humour are the strengths of Jones's enjoyable Oirish romp.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Completely delightful movie.

July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Waking Ned Devine


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.

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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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Oh so funny!

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

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