Waking Ned Devine

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"How far would you go to win a fortune!"
  • PG
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 7.3  (27,657)
  • 71

Waking Ned Devine is a 1998 British-Irish comedy film directed by Kirk Jones, starring Ian Bannen, David Kelly, and Fionnula Flanagan. The film is set in a small Irish village called Tulaigh Mhór (Tullymore) located in County Kerry, where everyone knows everyone else. It tells the story of a lottery scam that takes place in the village after one of its residents, Ned Devine, wins the lottery but dies from the shock of it.

The film begins with the discovery of Ned Devine's body. Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly), two best friends, are shocked to hear the news of Ned's death. They soon realize that Ned had won the lottery and that the winning ticket is worth seven million euros. But when they find out that Ned had died from the shock of winning, they come up with a plan to claim the money for themselves.

Jackie and Michael hatch a scheme to convince the authorities that Michael is actually Ned Devine, and therefore entitled to the winnings. They enlist the help of the other villagers to carry out the plan, which involves pretending that Ned is still alive and well, even though he's buried in the churchyard. However, things don't go quite as planned when a lottery official arrives in the village to confirm the winner's identity.

Waking Ned Devine is a classic heist-comedy movie, with a lot of humor, heart, and charm. The film features outstanding performances by its entire cast, but particularly by Ian Bannen and David Kelly, who bring a natural chemistry and comedic timing to their roles as best friends. They are the heart and soul of the movie, and it is easy to see why they are beloved by their fellow villagers.

The film's setting is one of its strengths - the Irish countryside is picturesque and stunning, and the village it is set in feels authentic and lived-in. It feels like a place you would want to visit and stay in. The soundtrack is also worth mentioning, as it is primarily Irish folk music, which complements the visuals and themes of the film perfectly.

Waking Ned Devine is a lighthearted and whimsical movie that is perfect for a casual watch. It is a clever and well-written story that makes you feel good without taking itself too seriously. It has a lot of heart, humor, and charm, and leaves you with a big grin on your face. The film is a great reminder of the importance of friendship and community, and how sometimes the most important things in life are not material possessions, but rather the people we share them with.

Overall, Waking Ned Devine is a classic film that has stood the test of time since its release in 1998. It's a lighthearted comedy that's perfect for watching with friends or family, and a great way to escape reality for a little while. The film is a love letter to small town life, Irish culture, and the importance of friendship, making it a must-see movie for anyone looking for a feel-good story.

Waking Ned Devine is a 1998 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3 and a MetaScore of 71.

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  • Release Date
    1998
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    1 hr 31 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (27,657)
  • Metascore
    71