Waking Ned Devine

20th Century Fox Released 1998


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Kirk Jones
Waking Ned Devine is a celebrated comedy from the United Kingdom about a village in Ireland that engages in a grand ruse to fool the authorities and win seven million pounds in lottery money for the villagers to share. Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) are best friends, spending their old age together in their tiny Irish village of 52 people. The two friends hear a rumor that someone in their village won the Irish National Lottery and stands to bring home a huge sum of money. Obsessed with discovering who the winner is and riding on their coat tails, Jackie and Michael host a dinner party with all the lotto players to find out who the lucky player is. No one at the dinner won, but Michael and Jackie pay a visit to the only man absent—Ned Devine, who they find dead in his home, clutching the winning ticket in his hand. Jackie and Michael, convinced Ned would have wanted the village to keep his winnings, get the rest of the villagers to help fool the claim inspector into thinking Ned is alive and ready to claim the prize. Waking Ned Devine is a heart-warming comedy that won immense international critical and commercial acclaim.moreless


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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Kirk Jones, who wrote and directed this blithe comedy, has been a prize-winning director of television commercials. And he has the knack of finding rubbery, expressive faces and le...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A roguish and delightful comedy of duplicity that's as entertaining as it is sly.

  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    Bannen and the gawky Kelly, whose screen chemistry is vital to the film's success, make a delightful pair of stumbling shysters, and Jones' script weaves a sizable tapestry of othe...

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Comedy, Drama


Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance, rags to riches, life in a small town, for the aarp crowd