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Waking Ned Devine - A Great Movie

Updated on August 15, 2012

One of My Favorite Movies Ever - Waking Ned Devine

Waking Ned Devine has to be one of my top favorite movies of all time. It is truly a feel good movie that you can enjoy watching again and again.

Waking Ned Devine came out in 1998, and was written and directed by Kirk Jones. I think he did a fantastic job all around. It has many interesting components throughout, and you will catch yourself smiling throughout a lot of the movie.

The story takes place in a remote little Irish village by the name of Tullymore. The minute you set eyes on it, you will want to visit it if you are anything like me! The crux of the whole story is based on a large lottery win. No one in this little village of Tullymore is rich, and the idea alone sparks excitement. Someone, in this very small village, is the lucky winner of several million dollars.

As the story unfolds, we are lucky enough to get several views of this lovely area in Ireland. From the coastline to what life might be like in Ireland along the back roads and pub, church, etc, you get a feel for the whole area. You can't help but to fall in love.

The mystery comes when no one owns up to winning the lottery. Who could it be? They proceed with grand ideas of how to pull out the winner, to get them to admit their win. After all, its normal for all of them to know of each others business to some degree. Ian Bannen plays Jackie O'Shea, and does a great job. He and his wife and friend Michael, plan a fun dinner, with hopes of finding out who the lucky winner is by the process of deduction. There is a bit of a spoiler ahead, so if you don't want to know it, stop now, bookmark this page and come back later!

It turns out, Ned Devine is the winner of the lottery, but upon winning he died, holding the lucky ticket still in his hand. He had a smile on his face. Michael O'Sullivan played by David Kelly does an excellent job in his acting role as does Ian.

The plot thickens as they try to figure out what to do, and try to determine what Ned Devine would have wanted with his ticket, as he has no family.

The rest of the movie is hilarious and touching at times. My sister first showed me this movie long ago, and I am so glad she did. Its a must see, in my opinion. It is very much worth owning or renting.

There are a few bumps in the road, which include the towns little "witch." Her name is Lizzie Quinn, played by Eileen Dromey and she does a great job as well. She is a person that you kind of love to hate, if you know what I mean. She almost foils everything! I can't say too much more or else it will truly be spoiled, except to encourage you to watch this at least once!

Besides the people already mentioned, some of my other favorite characters in the movie were as follows:

Fionnula Flanagan as Annie O'Shea

James Nesbitt as Pig Finn

Susan Lynch as Maggie O'Toole

There were several other great characters as well, including Father Patrick, Brendy O'Toole, and more. You don't want to miss the biggest secret of all which is almost easy to miss, that comes toward the end of the movie! There also is a really fun little love story that plays throughout the movie. Still, it is not what I would consider just another "chick flick."

I sincerely hope you see this movie soon if you have not. I welcome any of your own comments below regarding your own thoughts on the movie.

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Where Waking Ned Devine Takes Place

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Tullymore, Co. Donegal, Ireland
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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I am so glad to hear you liked the movie also! There is something very special about it, and it makes me want to go and visit Ireland all the more. I agree with you, that the actors did very well in it. It was just a lot of fun, and even good to give some perspective on life. Thanks for your comment, Aesta.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is such a beautiful movie. We just happened to see this on television and really enjoyed it. Well acted, too.