Waking Ned Devine

Waking Ned Devine

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Director: Kirk Jones

Cast: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan


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Twentieth Century Fox is to be applauded for its release of this impish Irish flick, as it is an impeccable transfer. The anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) image is so sharp, one is afraid to look too closely at the scenes in which the two seasoned lead actors, the late Ian Bannen and David Kelly, appear naked. The picture is very consistent and changes from the dark,


Twentieth Century Fox is to be applauded for its release of this impish Irish flick, as it is an impeccable transfer. The anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) image is so sharp, one is afraid to look too closely at the scenes in which the two seasoned lead actors, the late Ian Bannen and David Kelly, appear naked. The picture is very consistent and changes from the dark, shadowy night scenes to the lighter, sunny days with no difference in detail. The Dolby Surround Sound showcases the Irish melodies prevalent throughout the film in full stereo and the Irish brogue dialogue is easy enough to understand thanks to the distinct audio quality. The additional features menu (which is, as the Irish say, "good craic" to look at, as it showcases yet again the two lead actors' behinds) includes detailed bio-filmographies on the main players as well as writer/director Kirk Jones. Also featured is the obvious scene selection as well as the original theatrical trailer. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. A commentary or mini-documentary would have been welcome, but this is nevertheless a delightful package.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
A friend comes into a fortune, but there’s only one hitch -- he’s quite dead. This delightful British comedy, set in rural Ireland and featuring a cast of older but still quite game actors, was one of the great surprise hits of the 1990s.
All Movie Guide
Others have tried before and since to capture its tone, but Waking Ned Devine feels so effortless that it has become the shining example of how to do whimsical small town comedy in the Irish countryside. In fact, its infectious dialogue, characters, and madcap plot made it such a favorite, it was considered a dark horse candidate for a Best Picture nod, in the slot reserved for lovable imports like The Full Monty and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Although performers of all ages make Tulaigh More the quirky hamlet of good-natured opportunism that it is, Ian Bannen and David Kelly are the clear standouts, and not only because they're the central characters. They amply reward the risky decision to put senior citizens in the lead roles, giving hilariously agile and un-self-conscious performances. Because they are also in the twilight of their lives, their all-or-nothing push for the money becomes a last chance at deferred dreams. This leavens the comedy with occasional moments of unobtrusive sentiment -- which make the film's ultimately wicked sense of humor all the more surprising. And with a town full of novice liars, who are almost united in their efforts to hoodwink the lottery official, yet barely able to contemplate the fragility of their ruse, the comic possibilities are rich indeed. Kudos go to screenwriter/director Kirk Jones, here making his debut; Henry Braham, for his lush cinematography of the seaside community; and most fondly, Bannen, who made his last memorable screen appearance before dying in a car accident the following year.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]

Special Features

English Dolby surround; Aspect ratio: 2.35:1; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English; Spanish

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ian Bannen Jackie O'Shea
David Kelly Michael O'Sullivan
Fionnula Flanagan Annie O'Shea
Susan Lynch Maggie
James Nesbitt Pig Finn
Maura O'Malley Mrs. Kennedy
Robert Hickey Maurice
Paddy Ward Brendy
James Ryland Dennis Fitzgerald
Fintan McKeown Pat Mulligan
Matthew Devitt Tom Tooney
Eileen Dromey Lizzy Quinn
Kitty Fitzgerald Kitty
Dermot Kerrigan Father Patrick
Brendan F. Dempsey Lotto Man

Technical Credits
Kirk Jones Director,Screenwriter
Henry Braham Cinematographer
David Crozier Sound/Sound Designer
Shaun Davey Score Composer
John Ebden Production Designer
Mark Goddard Asst. Director
Rosie Hackett Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexandre Heylen Executive Producer
Richard Holmes Producer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Stephen Margolis Executive Producer
Miara Martell Associate Producer
Glynis Murray Producer
Neil Peplow Co-producer
Alan Strachan Editor
Mark Tanner Art Director
Mark Tanner Art Director

Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. Lottery Night [4:00]
2. Main Titles [1:11]
3. A Winner in the Village [2:42]
4. Looking for the Lucky One [4:31]
5. Pig and Maggie [1:59]
6. The Chicken Supper Party [4:04]
7. The Winner [4:34]
8. A Prayer for Ned [2:08]
9. Jackie's Vision [:26]
10. The Winning Smile [2:04]
11. Finn's Rival [1:39]
12. Meeting Ned Devine [8:50]
13. A Shock to the System [1:44]
14. Things Get Serious [1:10]
15. A Nest Egg for Us All [7:03]
16. A Drink and a Deal [:41]
17. The Last Holdout [4:06]
18. The Funeral [5:10]
19. Eulogy for a Friend [1:26]
20. The Check [3:11]
21. Lizzy's Long Distance Call [5:12]
22. Ned's Only Heir [:36]
23. Spirits to the Sky [2:26]
24. End Titles [4:43]


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Waking Ned Devine 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real gem. I've watched it so many times already, and never get tired of it. Funny, and touching. It really moves you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a grand movie indeed. The tipoff that this is a very rare movie is the amazing number of reviewers that have reported that they have viewed the movie multiple times. This one will take it's place next to the likes of 'A Christmas Carol', 'Casablanca', and others on this lofty plateau. Buy this if you don't own it. You'll never regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful film. The lead actors are absolutely terrific. Ian Bannen in one of his best roles. The film is an absolute delight, the humor is unforced, the joy of a small village is fully captured, and life long friendships are more important than mounds of money. I don't anyone who could watch this film without letting out a chuckle, a smile, or a laughfest at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have purchased this movie three times--twice I've given it away and I'm keeping this last copy for myself. It is simply delightful--the actors are actual elderly Irish men and women. There are no cariacatures; the characters are people you'd want to meet and share a pint with. Too often US movies appeal to the famous names and faces, whether they are realistic potrayals or not. The story line, while perhaps unplausible, is truely entertaining and delivered in such a way as to make it believable. The humor is gentle, not demeaning or insulting, and well delivered. I'm not of Irish descent, yet after each time I watch it I find myself wanting to visit Ireland---so charming is the scenery, the story and the characters. It remains my favorite movie and I never tire of watching it. I highly recommend it for anyone desiring a relaxing, entertaining movie. It is neither high action nor high stress, but offers a truly enjoyable experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I were ''all thumbs,'' they'd all be turned up for Ned Devine! A gem of a movie about life, death, greed, friendship and the awe-inspiring power of good luck. To top it off, Shaun Davey has written one of the loveliest scores I've ever heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one that is funny in a number of places. You will want to see it more than once. And the music at the end is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent comedy, A real winner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waking Ned Divine is a very good movie. It was touching, funny, and a bit suspenseful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly a movie with a sense of place ... you come to know and love all of the characters, and you wish them well for the future when the credits roll. It's a sad parting, but a funny and wonderful place to which to return.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has been a jewel since I first watched it in 2000, and with each subsequent watching, I find more beauty and enjoyment. The basic values in life are brought out through comedy and love. Great movie, great actors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie in 2000 and I just HAD to have it. Funny thing is, I didn't buy it until just this year when I was fingering through the comedies. Brought it home and made the man of the house watch it, who is very picky with his movies, and he absolutely LOVED this movie. It's a must have if you'd like to just sit back, have a pint and a laugh. It's superb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie that must be seen by everyone considering its great cultural aspects and wittyness. Hilarity will ensue! Watch out!
Patty_York More than 1 year ago
I haven't laughed so hard in a movie I laughed for hours after it was over.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It seemed like this movie lasted 5 hours. It moved so slow that it was excruciating to watch. I saw the title on this list and was curious what other reviewers had written, and thought I should weigh in to give some balance. If you like a slow movie, this is the one for you.