August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Waking Ned Devine

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
91 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/20/98
performer
Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch
director
Kirk Jones
distributor
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author
Kirk Jones
genre
Comedy

STARRING Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch

DIRECTED BY Kirk Jones

British writer-director Jones hit the jackpot when Fox Searchlight paid more than $4 million to acquire his charmer about what happens to an Irish village when an unclaimed lottery ticket is discovered. Chasing after the pot of gold, Bannen and Kelly sort through a stand of red herrings and ill-planned schemes — one of which leads to a hilarious, bare-naked motorcycle ride. ”I was as nervous to talk to Kelly about it as I would be talking about a love scene to a young actress,” confesses Jones. But it wasn’t the full monty keeping the actor awake at night. ”I’d never been on a motorbike in my life,” says Kelly, 69. ”All worries and modesty went out the window; I just concentrated on staying alive.” (Nov. 6)

THE LOWDOWN Much of Hollywood is dubbing Ned this year’s Full Monty. If audiences agree, this Cannes sensation could contend for the Oscar-underdog slot.

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