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Someone from the tiny coastal village of Tullymore has won the Irish lottery. Life-long friends Jackie O’Shea (Ian Bannen) and his wife Annie (Fionulla Flanagan) and Michael O’Sullivan (David Kelly) are keen to find out exactly who, because it does seem like a fine time to let this person know how fond of him or her they really are. As Tullymore boasts a population of fifty-two, the "whoWunit" quest doesn’t seem too daunting. Nevertheless, they are frustrated by a number of false leads and it proves to be a more difficult task than anticipated. Moreover, a great surprise is in store for them when they do discover the identity of the winning resident; it is a discovery that precipitates them into a dangerous scam that will eventually determine the fate of the entire community.

"Waking Ned Devine is a delightful charmer that introduces us to a community filled with memorable, unique characters. The scenery is gorgeous and two more unlikely leading men you'll never find. They charm us with their honesty and vivacity. As for the set up - it's simply delicious.

Just as The Full Monty involved us in the lives of the working town men, Waking Ned Devine takes us into this small community where everyone knows everyone. We get to know the people who live there: we never laugh at them, but smile knowingly at their peculiarities and character traits. When you next see fruit soaps, you may well remember the gal with her pig farmer beau, who can't stand the smell of pigs… And the sight of a totally naked David Kelly (except for his helmet, socks and shoes) riding at full speed on his motor bike is one that you are guaranteed never to forget.

In a series of short interviews, writer/director Kirk Jones talks about how he was inspired to make the film. It was when he heard that a local postmistress had put a notice in her window that she had NOT won the football pools. Wanting to show that a couple of guys can be hip and not just hip replacement, Jones speaks about his love of older people and the inspiration they bring. Interesting that he cast three distinct types of actors: experienced, young blood and inexperienced but interesting and eccentric characters for small roles.

There are short interview grabs with all the cast – David Kelly in particular is impressive and oh so different from his bumbling screen character. Kelly is articulate, serious and intelligent and talks about how truth and innocence weave naturally into the entire fabric of the film, making it work beautifully.

Waking Ned Devine is a gentle, uplifting film that the whole family can enjoy together."
Louise Keller

Published April 26, 2001

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CAST: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, James Nesbitt


RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes


DVD RELEASE: December 6, 2000

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