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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

This was Sir Richard Attenborough's final acting role before his death on August 24, 2014 at the age of ninety. See more »

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Writer-Director: Many people die of thirst, but the Irish were born with one.
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The above Cast list was random... like most Borders! See more »

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Spike really hit the nail...
5 August 2004 | by senlacSee all my reviews

Puckoon, the story of a small Irish town divided by the Partition of Ireland in 1924 - really divided, the border goes through the middle of it! The characters are wonderful - the village idiot, the poacher, the priest and the hero(?)Dan Madigan, who participates reluctantly in hare-brained schemes to smuggle explosives into the North and deceased Catholics from the now Protestant side of the churchyard back into the Catholic part. Spike Milligan really hit the nail on the head with this hilarious story - pointing up the ridiculousness of political partition by 1)making it so farcical and 2) making the authorities who try to enforce it look like idiots. I notice that the Norwegian reviewer thought it a waste of money - but perhaps this film has the sort of message that only the Brits and Irish would understand. 10/10


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