Best Film Of The Week
"The script is a gem... Sit back, prepare to have a belly-laugh
or two and enjoy the craic."
It's a big screen gem... It's going to be a classic.
"The humor is as broad as it is scatological, and a large
cast of character actors serves up more Irish blarney than
the screen has seen since the heyday of John Ford and Barry
Fitzgerald. Among the more prominent members of the cast
are David Kelly as the local publican, Milo O'Shea as a constable
and Freddie Jones as the befuddled chairman of the Boundary
Commissioners. Elliott Gould has only a minor role as a Jewish
doctor who supports the Catholics, but he fits comfortably
into the ensemble.
The film hits its stride with a farcical finale in which
the IRA men are forced to disguise themselves as Boy Scouts
and take part in a boys' production of "Julius Caesar," with
Though clearly made on a budget, "Puckoon" is
brightly packaged with crisp camerawork by Peter Hannan,
pleasing production design by John Bunker and jaunty music
by Richard Hartley and Pol Brennan. At a tight 82 minutes,
pic hardly has time to overstay its welcome."
daffy and exaggerated little Irish comedy/satire based on
novel about the wild confusion
and hilarious acrimony generated by the 1924 border division
of Ireland. The spirit of Milligan's great old "Goon
Shows," '50s Ealing comedies and the '60s gems of Dick
("Help!") Lester - who gets a "thank you" in
the end-titles - hover over the movie, which pits zany villagers
against dotty Brits and makes fun of everything. With Richard
Attenborough, playing a Godlike director/writer/narrator
who pulls all the strings, Elliott Gould, Sean Hughes and
"...Endearing black comedy...