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Puckoon (2002)

Spike Milligan's book about the divided Irish village of Puckoon comes to the big screen.

Director:

Terence Ryan

Writers:

Susan Morrall (screenplay), Spike Milligan (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Hughes ... Dan Madigan
Elliott Gould ... Dr. Goldstein
Daragh O'Malley Daragh O'Malley ... Father Rudden
John Lynch ... O'Brien
Griff Rhys Jones ... Col. Stokes
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ... Foggerty
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ... Rafferty
David Kelly ... O'Toole
Milo O'Shea ... Sgt. McGillikuddie
Freddie Jones ... Sir John Meredith
Richard Rickings Richard Rickings ... Alex Walker
Richard Attenborough ... Writer-Director
Marc Sinden Marc Sinden ... The surveyor
Frankie McCafferty ... Lenny
Conor Mullen ... Shamus
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Storyline

Puckoon is a wee Irish village that gets caught up in an argument about where the border separating Northern Ireland from Ireland should be. Keen to get the matter sorted before the pubs close, a random borderline is wrestled on the map of the Emerald Isle and Puckoon gets divided as well, literally. As the barbed wire fences and Army checkpoints go up overnight, suddenly people cannot get to their outhouses or walk from one side of the street to the other. It has some advantages, everyone squeezes into the tiniest corner of the pub because it is in Northern Ireland territory where the beer is cheaper, but worst of all, is the church and its graveyard. Now the newly deceased need a valid passport, renewable every year, if they want to be buried "across the border". A plan is hatched to return the newly dead back to Ireland. At the same time, a plan is hatched to smuggle explosives in coffins to Northern Ireland with, as they say, hilarious results. Written by <jbartlett2000@hotmail;com>

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Knowing where to draw the line

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Comedy

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Country:

Ireland | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Határvillongások See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(At around forty-seven minutes) John Lynch (O'Brien) cut his lip badly in the drinking scene, after plotting to recover the three bodies from across the border (with Father Rudden et cetera). Just after he says "I can't drink anymore", and as he says this someone places a glass in front of him, he lent forward, thus catching his face on the glass. The scene was stopped after that. See more »

Quotes

Father Rudden: Wine must be treated with respect. It's liquid Christianity. There has never been a bigger argument against teetotalers since the wedding feast at Cana.
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Danny Boy
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A few changes, but still as funny as the book.
11 October 2002 | by William-de-WordeSee all my reviews

Saw the film at the closing gala of the Ealing Film Festival in West London(England). Enjoyed it immensely. Although the Crow & the Chinese Policeman don't appear, and Dan Milligan becomes Dan Madigan (played by Sean Hughes (I)). The interaction between Dan and the Author (Writer/Director) voiced/played by Lord Richard Attenborough, works very well.

The rumour is that Lord Attenborough and Elliott Gould (as Dr. Goldstein) appeared in the film for just a pint of beer.

Spike was shown the film, on video before he died and by all accounts enjoyed it immensely.


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