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Puckoon [2002] [DVD]

Sean Hughes , Elliott Gould , Terence Ryan    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Hughes, Elliott Gould, Richard Attenborough, John Lynch, Daragh O'Malley
  • Directors: Terence Ryan
  • Producers: Terence Ryan, Ken Tuohy
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Guerilla Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ISG42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Based on Spike Milligan's best-selling, satirical novel set in 1924, when the Boundary Commission from Britain and Ireland decided on the new boundary line between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. When they wake up one morning to find their town divided, the inhabitants of Puckoon begin to behave according to which side of the barbed wire fence they are on. The only sane person around, Madigan, finds the sanity of his friends and family lies in his hands and so he sets about trying to restore order.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Adapted from Spike Milligan's comic novel this story, in the vein of PASSPORT TO PIMLICO, where a small area of land is segregated from the rest of society. When an Irish Free State is set up in the 1920s when the Sligo border is drawn bisecting the Irish village of Puckoon right down the middle, through the middle of the pub and the churchyard. Milligan's digs at the stupid Brits, the military and religion are typically absurdist and feature a comedic IRA and catholic coffin-smuggling. PUCKOON boasts an all-star cast, and celebrated comedian Sean Hughes, in his first role, stars alongside Milligan's own daughter Anne. ...Puckoon ( Spike Milligan's Puckoon )

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the fans 30 Aug 2004
After reading the classic Milligan novel, I looked forward to seeing how Terence Ryan had adapted the screenplay to suit Spike's writing. And was most impressed with the results!
The book is a great read although somewhat confusing for those not familar with Spike Milligan's sense of humour or logic and the film manages to stay largely faithful to the original plot with much of Spike's original dialogue evident. It's also testament to Spike's sense of humour and style of writing that the film could be created almost 40 years after publication of the book and still remain fresh.
The literary characters are brought convincingly to life by an impressive cast and the locations are similarly recreated and filmed in such a way to be faithful to the original. Richard Attenborough, as the narator, is the only weak link in my opinion and its a great shame that Spike himself didn't live to perform this part as his inimitable delivery would have provided the perfect finish.
In addition, I'm not sure how well the film would be received by those not familar with the book. Spike's observational style of writing dwells much on detailed descriptions, many of which have been attempted to be included within the film and can lead to some confusion in context of the overall plot. However, there are some classic moments with many one liners lifted straight from Spike's original narative.
For those not familar with the book, Puckoon can be a baffling film to watch. But for Spike Milligan fans this is a must-have item and my final rating is easily raised another star. There are a number of key ommissions with the Chinese policeman not appearing but these can be forgiven when you consider how difficult the task must have been to transfer the original into a running narative.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quite brilliant 1 May 2009
given the slagging this picture got from reviewers (on other sites), i wasn't optimistic. turns out that it's well worth the fun. there are some brilliant scenes of outrageous surrealism. as milligoon's book is rather sprawling given its otherwise compact length, it's no surprise the picture has dropped some characters & stories. probably best if you've read the book first; no idea on what it'd be like unprepared. as a long-time goon fan, enjoyed this a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puckoon - it's a movie, not the book! 2 Jan 2013
I read the book years ago and enjoyed it, in all its surreal, confusing, hilarious twists and turns. I've never yet seen a movie that stays absolutely faithful to the book on which it's based and this is no exception - but so what?

As a movie, it's an enjoyable story with no shortage of surreal jumps and Irish humour - why whinge about the missing scenes or deviations from the original?

All youse moaning stiffs complaining about it not being as good as the book - well, go and read the book, then! It's the movie, not the book! Take it as it is and it's worth every penny and more!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puckoon (dvd) 25 May 2009
Not as funny as the book but worth watching,the Spike Milligan masterpiece has translated well onto film but the parts missing are noticible and there could have been more narration.Overall earns four stars and is bloody funny.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Milligan's classic comes to the screen. 18 July 2010
I read 'Puckoon' as a schoolboy and never dreamed anyone could make a film out of it. Well, here it is, nearly fifty years after the book was first published and a damned fine attempt it is too! The quirky, erratic, brilliant humour of the book is brought out on screen very effectively. The insanity of Irish politics is elegantly put into a nutshell by Milligan's story of a village idiot embroiled in the consequences of having the border between the Catholic Irish Free State and Protestant Northern Ireland being drawn through the village of Puckoon's churchyard and pub. The discerning viewer and disciple of the almighty Spike can spot all the old Goon Show characters reworked into the characters in this film. Milligan has a go at all the old targets: the Church, British imperialism and Irish tempers. The sheer lunacy of a plot to bury a coffin full of dynamite to blow the Churchyard and the dear Catholic departed back into Catholic Ireland after the Border Commission has put it into the Protestant North is Milligan at his best. Like the book, this film pops and crackles like a box of fireworks after a careless match has been tossed in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spike Milligan 24 Feb 2014
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Brilliantly funny book, only Milligan can make the insane seem really funny. The book is funny and the film matches it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bizzare and brilliant 5 Sep 2013
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I am a great fan of the book and wondered how on earth they could make a film out of that... but it works. it shouldn't but it so does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ace 29 April 2013
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as shown on time, milergan at his best...laugh your self daft. s s s s s ss s ss s
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by Jenny Clowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Puckoon DVD
I chose 5 stars because the film was the last made whilst Spike Milligan was still alive and had the same Miliganesque goonery in places. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Adie
1.0 out of 5 stars My US dvd player can't read it
My US dvd player can't read it. I've had this problem before with Irish dvds. Do you have any version that is formatted for the US market. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Brendan Donegan
3.0 out of 5 stars present
bought as a present for someone that wanted it - not my cup of tea but in terms of the purchase it was delviered quickly and seemed a good quality - no issues
Published 20 months ago by F N Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Pure Milligan
A good selection of actors, although I can only think Elliot Gould was selected to make the film more appealing to Americans. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2012 by Shamrock 747
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for the keenest Puckoon fan
it was OK and thats about it!
Only the keenest fan would think this was good
lots missing in film
Published on 18 Sep 2011 by Roger J Beech
4.0 out of 5 stars Puckoon
After owning I don't know how many book versions, it was great to watch it on the screen. While the humour was good I wish it incorporated more of the book. Caw said the Crow
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by Ygraine
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, a letdown.
I'm a great fan of Spike Milligan and have read all of his books including Puckoon. I have to say that I found this DVD translation to be a complete letdown and not in any way... Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by Rokkit
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