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Waking Ned Devine (1998)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.



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Fionnula Flanagan, Ian Bannen and David Kelly, are just a few of an excellent cast in this tale about an Irish Lotto-winner, who is unable to collect.

Never have I seen a lovelier yarn, and, I tell ye’, I’ve seen a few! Jackie O’Shea (Ian Bannen) figures out that one of the inhabitants in the local hamlet must have won the latest Lotto draw, and does he best to find out who, by every mean possible, and eventually finds out who.

I don’t want to spoil it, but it sure is a lovely story! Very close to a masterpiece, and it gets better each time I see it!

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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.

Directed by Kirk Jones. With Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch. When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money. ]]>