Waking Ned DevineNovember 20, 1998
When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 7.2/10 (14,671 voted)
Critic's Score: 71/100
Stars: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan
When word reaches two elderly best friends that someone in their tiny Irish village has won the national lottery, they go to great lengths to find the winner so they can share the wealth. When they discover the "lucky" winner, Ned Devine, they find he has died of shock upon discovering his win. Not wanting the money to go to waste, the village enters a pact to pretend Ned is still alive by having another man pose as him, and then to divide the money between them.
How far would you go to win a fortune!
Release Date: 20 November 1998
Filming Locations: Cregneash, Isle of Man
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $148,971
(22 November 1998)
(8 December 2006)
Did You Know?
Despite being set in Ireland the film was shot in the Isle of Man.
When Lizzy is calling the National Lottery from the phone booth, it is clearly visible that the entry in the yellow pages is in fact a cut-out piece of paper glued onto a different entry.
He survived all those storms to be washed away by a few plastic lottery balls.
An afternoon tea on a warm summer day is still seen by some people as an
enjoyable way to rid oneself of the tensions of the day and to allow oneself
to slow down and feel at ease. Waking Ned is a sort of afternoon tea for
cinemagoers. Nothing really bad happens. There are no really tense moments,
or serious threats to life or liberty, for the mostly likeable but roguish
characters. That's what makes the film so appealing!!
There are maybe two characters that quickly lose the audiences sympathy and
both get their comeuppance in different ways. One, a truly "nasty piece of
work", is reminiscent of the wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz ( the
parallel should be readily evident to the viewer). This character meets her
demise in the most hilarious manner possible for a likeable film such as
On the whole Waking Ned is a refreshing film that is "Feel Good" all the way
through without laying on thick layers of mush. No need for the hankies
folks but there's plenty of room to toast the villagers' of Tully