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Puckoon (2002)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Hughes ... Dan Madigan
Elliott Gould ... Dr. Goldstein
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 ... The surveyor
Frankie McCafferty ... Lenny
Conor Mullen ... Shamus
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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Elliott Gould's character Dr. Goldstein is named after him, as his birth name was Elliott Goldstein. See more »

Quotes

Dan Madigan: Good God, what are these?
Writer-Director: Legs.
Dan Madigan: Legs? Legs? Whose legs?
Writer-Director: Your legs.
Dan Madigan: Mine? Did you write these legs?
Writer-Director: I did, yes.
Dan Madigan: Well I don't like them. I don't like them at all. I could have writed better legs meself. Did you write your legs?
Writer-Director: Uh, no.
Dan Madigan: Ah, so you got somebody else to write your legs. Somebody who's good at leg writing. It's a diabolical liberty letting loose some untrained leg writer on an unsuspecting human being like me!
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No animals or humans were hurt in the production of this movie with the exception of Benjamin Sloan the Production Trainee whose feelings were slightly hurt on one occasion. See more »

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We got to draw the line someplace
5 January 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Directed and narrated by Richard Attenborough, Puckoon is an adaption of Spike Milligan's humorous book about an Irish village where the border between the six Ulster counties and what was then called the Irish Free State. I doubt that anyone on this side of the pond would know anyone in the cast other than Elliott Gould who plays the village Jewish doctor like he might have been understudying Paul Muni from The Last Angry Man. Gould's kind of artificially grafted into the proceedings and he really doesn't serve any purpose.

The main character is played by Sean Hughes and he's the village lout who avoids work like it was a bill collector. Somehow some way Hughes gums up everything he gets involved in, including the boundary commission where the line in Puckoon takes all kinds of crazy twists and turns.

You probably have to be a bit up on Irish history to appreciate most of this picture. Still there is enough physical comedy in it and that language is universal.

Puckoon is amusing enough and recommended, but for a select audience.


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