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Waking Ned [1999] [DVD]

Ian Bannen , David Kelly , Kirk Jones    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, James Nesbitt
  • Directors: Kirk Jones
  • Writers: Kirk Jones
  • Producers: Alexandre Heylen, Glynis Murray, Keith Hayley, Mark Ezra, Miara Martell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Latin
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jun 2000
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TBSZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

When Ned Devine dies of shock after he discovers he has won the lottery, his life-long friends Michael (David Kelly) and Jackie (Ian Bannen) find the winning ticket and decide that their old mate would have wanted them to collect the money. They deduce that one of them must pass himself off as Ned. But they must convince the rest of the town to go along with their scheme, and they will need all the help that they can get in order to dupe the authorities into parting with the cash.


When local wag Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) discovers that one of his neighbours in the village of Tulaigh Mohr is a lottery winner he sees a chance to share in the wealth. Things get complicated when Jackie and his pal Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) discover that the winner, Ned Devine, died of shock at the very moment he learned of becoming a millionaire. Undaunted, Jackie and Michael dispose of the lucky stiff and hatch a plot to impersonate him and claim the prize. Soon the whole village is involved and the plot rapidly thickens.

This film has been compared to The Full Monty, but it lacks the vein of desperation that added depth to that film. Instead, Waking Ned is closer in tone to classic British comedies like Whisky Galore!, with its cast of eccentrics gleefully conspiring to outwit the authorities. Those with a low tolerance for twinkly eyed Irish charm might be tempted to steer clear, although the movie is saved, for the most part, by its central performances. Bannen is superb as an old man who is clearly hungry for any excitement he can drum up and David Kelly is remarkable as his scrawny sidekick. Kelly has had a long career as a character actor in film and television, but here he has a chance to really let loose. His naked motorcycle ride is a marvellous set-piece and in all of his other scenes his twitchy, perfectly timed performance quite simply steals the movie. --Simon Leake,

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waking Ned 10 Mar 2005
I have seldom been so entertained by such a distinct lack of action in all my life. The film just goes to prove that it is crafty dialogue, a well worked plot and excellent acting that goes to make a wonderful film and not spectacular special effects or wall to wall fight scenes.
The main plot of the winning lottery ticket is superbly crafted by Ian Bannen and David Kelly (who doesn't look a moment different from when he played incompetent builder O'Reilly in Faulty Towers!) and these two wily old dogs concoct their plan to defraud the Irish Lottery, involving the whole village in their madcap scheme.
The sub-plot of the triangular love affair involving pig farmer James Nesbit (for whom greater things awaited after this film) is just sublime in its gentle loveliness and is almost worthy of a film in its own right. Beautifully coupled with the questions over the boy Maurice's parentage and then this itself attached to the young boy's relationship with the village's priest, it is really well executed.
The other supporting characters are fantastic in their own quirkiness
In a way it's a throwback to more innocent times when everyone knew their neighbours and never travelled further than their birthplace.
The humour is not laugh out loud, but the humorous parts are genuinely funny and in many respects more enjoyable for their gentle wit. Mix that with some indisputable touching scenes and the mix really is a winner. Admittedly it does play the "ideal Irish" card pretty heavily and makes out Ireland to be everything us outsiders dream it is, but that said the scenery is stunning (albeit Isle of Mann scenery) and the music fantastic.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, honest, feelgood comedy 9 Oct 2003
One of the funniest films I have ever seen. Not necessarily roll-around-on-the-floor funny or zany Jim Carrey funny but full of clever comedy from start to finish. Subtlety and laugh-out-loud funniness combine seamlessly. Some people have taken issue with the film's purported condonement of fraud, but decide that for yourself.
The stunning scenery (filmed entirely on the Isle of Man) and eminently well-matched musical soundtrack (the monumental climax at the end of the film is simply stunning) complement fabulous performances from the cast and create a wonderful film to be enjoyed time and time again
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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A charming comedy about a pair of lifelong friends, Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly), who are presented with the opportunity of a lifetime when they discover Ned Devine has died, clutching the winning ticket frm the Irish lottery in his hand. This means enlisting everybody in town to join the grand conspiracy and to share in the pot of gold. Meanwhile, in what we think is an unrelated subplot, Pig Finn (James Nesbitt) is trying to convince Maggie (Susan Lynch) to marry him and to learn if her son is his own. "Waking Ned Devine" ends up being more about friendship than greed, with the high point coming when Jackie eulogizes his friend Michael when they bury old Ned under Michael's name to fool the Lottery Official. Yes, there is a bit of fantasy here since the Lottery Office could not be so easily fooled, but what is wrong with a harmless suspension of disbelief? Filmed in beautiful locations on the Isle of Man, "Waking Ned Devine" is a gentle reminder than you can have a nice little film with good actors and a fine script that does not cost a whole lot of money.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really entetaining 22 Nov 2001
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This is a film for anybody who enjoys a story which has charm and comedy.
I've seen it three times and only look forward to seeing it once again.
It gets better each time.
Its one of those films you can surprise friends with because they have probably not heard how good it is.
Buy it if you enjoy good acting and a lovely fuuny story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waking Ned 24 April 2010
Waking Ned, what a film. If you feel you need a feel good film this is the one for all ages especially those that would love to win the Lottery. Waking Ned is story of a couple of good old friends living in a villiage in Southern Ireland that discover that Lottery has been won by someone local and they try to befriend the winner if they can find out who it is. They discover that it is poor old Ned Devine and that he has sadly passed away with the shock of the win. The characters and the music and the scenery is wonderfull, it was recorded in The Isle Of Man. Waking Ned [1999] [DVD]They hach a plan to share the winning among the rest of the villiagers. The lies and crack is just wonderful. I bought this for my husband and if you could wear out a DVD it would be worn out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Already a classic 12 July 2009
How many years since Waking Ned played in the cinemas??? Ten?
Well, it doesn't really matter, does it? It's one of the greatest British movies there is, and to me it's to be seen as a classic already.

Good God, I almost laughed my head off and still do so every time I watch this wonderful movie. Up to this day, I keep asking myself how the actors could do their jobs without permanently bursting out laughing if not even ending up rolling on the floor?!

For instance, there's the scene with the two friends finding Ned in his armchair, dead, holding the lottery ticket in his cold fingers, big grin on his face, the telly still on, and then they decide to do whatever it takes to get the lottery win for the whole of their community, having to camouflage facts a bit, one of them being Neds big grin on his face, a possible giveaway to anybody who could want to have deeper insight into the goings on. So they try to get that grin off of Ned's dead face, getting it too serious, too grumpy, whatever... How on earth can one do such a scene acting as if that was the most natural thing in the world?
Oscar level to me!

Not to mention the naked old chap sitting on the motor bike, rushing back to Ned's cottage because the lottery man - blessed with hayfever, thank God, as they understand later on - is on his way to the winner?

... and the poor pig farmer, trying every soap available to get rid of the pig stench for that's what's keeping his beloved sweetheart in denial of her own love for him?!

Get the CD, put it in the player and enjoy... BUT FIRST TO THE LOO! ;-)
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