March 17, 2017 — It’s St. Patrick’s Day, a religious holiday sanctified by the Catholic Church, commemorating Saint Patrick (it is the traditional death date of the revered Saint) and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
Because the country’s diaspora has moved the Irish across the globe, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national holiday.
Of course, the Church’s view of St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday is not the way much of the world sees the day. Parades, shamrocks, corned beef and cabbage, green carnations and beer are the order of the celebrations around much of the world.
So settle back and watch Puckoon, a truly funny Irish comedy.
Puckoon, which comes from a much-loved book by Spike Milligan, tells the story of the issues that beset an Irish town during the partition of Ireland, which separated Ireland and Northern Ireland. Due to administrative incompetence, the town finds itself divided down the middle — with half of the pub (the bar is on one side, the chairs on the other), half of the churchyard and half of the residents suddenly on opposite sides of the divide. As the people of the town of Puckoon begin to alter their views and personalities according to the side of the divide they have found themselves on, someone must discover a way to restore order.
The cast includes master filmmaker Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park, Ghandi, The Children Who Cheated the Nazis), Elliott Gould (Ocean’s Eleven, M.A.S.H.), Milo O’Shea (Romeo and Juliet), Nickolas Grace (Brideshead Revisited) and a large, well-known cast of British and Irish actors and comedians.
Spike Milligan, actor, writer and immensely influential comedian, is probably best-known for having been co-creator and actor on The Goon Show, which gave Peter Sellers his start and is considered to be one of the fore-runners of Monty Python. John Cleese called Milligan “…the Great God to us all,” and comedian Eddie Izzard proclaimed him “Our first comic philosopher.”
So make yourself a cup of Irish coffee (if that is to your taste) and sit back and enjoy Puckoon, a farce filled with black humor, absurdity and some wonderful performances.