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Waking Ned Devine
Waking Ned Devine
Actors: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, James Nesbitt
Director: Kirk Jones
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
PG     1999     1hr 31min

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 c...  more »


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Actors: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, James Nesbitt
Director: Kirk Jones
Creators: Kirk Jones, Alexandre Heylen, Glynis Murray, Keith Hayley, Mark Ezra, Miara Martell, Neil Peplow
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/01/1999
Original Release Date: 11/20/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 11/20/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 11/27/2022...
The beginning was fun and then it went downhill. The rating is most definitely inflated. Avoid this!
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sharon F. (Shar) from HIALEAH, FL
Reviewed on 9/4/2022...
I see other reviews that loved this movie...not so much for me. The British humor and accents were hard for me. I did love the storyline and thought it was cute.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Nina E.
Reviewed on 7/18/2013...
Well acted and absolutely hysterical British wit! Awesome cast of characters. James Nesbitt, as Pig Finn. Ian Bannen, as Jackie O'Shea. Susan Lynch, as Maggie O'Toole. David Kelly, and Fionnula Flanagan. Kelly was nominated for a Screen Actors' Guild award for his role as Michael O'Sullivan. The film is set in Ireland, but was filmed on location in the Isle of Man. It was produced by Canal+ and the British studio Tomboy Films and distributed by the American company Fox Searchlight Pictures.

2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Martha K. from NEWFIELDS, NH
Reviewed on 4/30/2013...
This is one of the funniest and most heart warming movies. Characters are all well portrayed by awesome Irish (or very nearly Irish) actors. Everyone would enjoy Waking Ned Devine.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Charming Fairy Tale
Theo Logos | Pittsburgh, PA | 05/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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.

Theo Logos
Lovely, lovely...and holds up to repeated viewing
bensmomma | Ann Arbor, Michigan | 11/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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)!"
It's a Sleeper but it won't make You Sleepy
Greg Perry | Oklahoma | 03/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If hope you see this without knowing ANYthing about the movie except what I write here. Because I won't tell you anything about it. YOU are fortunate, more so than I, because you haven't seen this yet. This is a sleeper movie, one that is far better than the public generally knows. Be ready to enjoy a symphony of acting. If you don't like foreign films (I didn't) this may very well be the first you enjoy (and then see Run Lola Run, one that is 100% different from this but another foreign movie for people who don't think they like foreign movies)."