Spike Milligan's Puckoon

"Cracking comedy adapted from Spike Milligan's literary debut about the farcical arguments between a new border separating Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Sean Hughes shines in the leading role, with a superb ensemble supporting cast featuring Elliot Gould and Griff Rhys Jones."
4 stars

Star TV Magazine

Best Film Of The Week

Sunday Mirror

"The script is a gem... Sit back, prepare to have a belly-laugh or two and enjoy the craic."

NOW Magazine

It's a big screen gem... It's going to be a classic.

ITV Teletext

"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 chaotic results.

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."


"A wonderfully daffy and exaggerated little Irish comedy/satire based on Spike Milligan's 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 Freddie Jones."

Chicago Tribune
3 stars

"...Endearing black comedy...

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