Trainspotting

Trainspotting

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Director: Danny Boyle

Cast: Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

     
 

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Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with few prospects and fewer ambitions, lives in economically depressed Edinburgh. Like most of his friends, Renton is a heroin addict who loves the drug's blissful nothingness; financing his habit also provides excitement and challenges that his life otherwise lacks. Renton's two best friends are also junkies: Sick Boy (Jonny

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Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with few prospects and fewer ambitions, lives in economically depressed Edinburgh. Like most of his friends, Renton is a heroin addict who loves the drug's blissful nothingness; financing his habit also provides excitement and challenges that his life otherwise lacks. Renton's two best friends are also junkies: Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), a snappy dresser obsessed with James Bond, and Spud (Ewan Bremner), a guileless nerd who suggests Pee Wee Herman's debauched cousin. Renton and his pals also hang out with Begbie (Robert Carlyle), a borderline psychotic who loathes junkies even though he drinks like a fish. After one too many brushes with the law, Renton kicks heroin and moves to London, where he finds a job, a flat, and something close to peace of mind. However, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Spud all arrive at his doorstep on the trail of a big score, leading Renton back into drugs and crime.

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A film that shows what makes heroin addictive without glorifying it, Trainspotting was one of the most popular and controversial British films of the 1990s. Exploding with morbid wit, kinetic energy, and fatalistic insight, it jolted critics and audiences regardless of whether or not they actually liked it. A twisting, riff-filled, almost plot-free story, Irvine Welsh's novel was almost unfilmable in its original form. The screen adaptation successfully streamlined Welsh's ungainly material into a slick social commentary that smoothed the book's rough edges without losing its vitriol and insight. Trainspotting is not merely about drug addiction, but about the relationship between wasted youth and the spiritually bankrupt society that has alienated them. Another of the film's great strengths was its ensemble casting of Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewen Bremner. McGregor and Carlyle, in particular, turned in star-making performances as Renton, the film's affable narrator, and Begbie, its resident psychotic drunk. Their work, and that of their co-stars, makes for such compulsively enjoyable viewing that, fittingly enough, you'll have a hard time coming down afterwards.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
UPC:
0065935825388
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Alliance Canada
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
45,419

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Mark Renton
Ewen Bremner Spud
Jonny Lee Miller Sick Boy
Kevin McKidd Tommy
Robert Carlyle Francis Begbie
Kelly MacDonald Diane
Keith Allen Dealer
Kevin Allen Andreas
Fiona Bell Diane's Mother
James Cosmo Mr Renton
Kate Donnelly Woman
Victor Eadie Man
Vincent Friell Diane's Father
Shirley Henderson Gail
Pauline Lynch Lizzy
Andrew Macdonald Flat Buyer
Stuart McQuarrie Gavin/US Tourist
Peter Mullan Swanney
Eddie Nestor Estate Agent
Eileen Nicholas Mrs Renton
Billy Riddoch Gail's Father
Hugh Ross Man
Annie Louise Ross Gail's Mother
Susan Vidler Allison
Finlay Welsh Sheriff
Irvine Welsh Mikey
Dale Winton Game Show Host

Technical Credits
Danny Boyle Director
Rachael Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
Tracey Gallagher Art Director
David Gilchrist Asst. Director
Masahiro Hirakubo Editor
John Hodge Screenwriter
Ben Johnson Asst. Director
Andrew Macdonald Producer
Robert McCann Makeup
Ray Merrin Sound/Sound Designer
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Pryor Casting
Kave Quinn Production Designer
Brian Saunders Sound/Sound Designer
Gail Stevens Casting
Mark Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Irvine Welsh Source Author

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Trainspotting 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Ewan McGregor is great and Jonny Lee Miller rocks. If you see one movie in your entire lifetime, see Trainspotting. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you grew up in the 80's and missed the drug scene, or if you were involved in the drug scene, this movie is for you. Definitely lets you see a day-in-the-life of a junkie. It's fun, it's exciting, it's revolting. But see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of my favorites of all time. Ewan McGregor is excellent in his role as a junky. He can play any role of any kind. This movie is very disturbing but such a true portrayal of young addicts. GREAT JOB EWAN!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is fantastic! Not for the squeamish, but an excellent movie nonetheless. Ewan McGregor in one of his best roles!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie with a passion. The casting is great. I like how they subtracted characters from the novel to make it less chaotic on screen; it fit together so well. Irvine Welsh's novel is just as great as this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trainspotting is such a powerful movie. It can be depressing for some, but I find it hopeful, to say the least. This film does not glorify the use of drugs and alcohol as a reasonable means of dealing with our problems. Instead, it shows the hard realities of drug abuse and offers an inspiring story to help instill these values in us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this movie, in fact watched it two times in one sitting. Very good attention to detail, Ewan McGregor and Johnny Lee Miller are excellent and the comedy more than makes up for the sort of depressing scenes
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely powerful movie. Once you've seen it you'll be sure as hell that you never ever want to do drugs as long as you live. Ewan McGregor is astounding as a druggie trying to quit...his withdrawal scenes are some of the best acting work I've ever seen. This movie is quirky, horrifying, brutally honest, funny, painful, and just plain brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ultimately a powerful and moving story. It left me wondering after id seen it how one guides his/her life...drug free or not. Ewan McGregor plays Renton perfectly and Jonny Lee Miller is at his best as Sick Boy. The entire cast is brilliant and Trainspotting is definitely a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About 2 years ago my dad brought this movie home,and he told me to see it. I didn´t touch this movie for 3 months, but when I saw it, I couldn´t stop watching it eversince. Since then I must see it atleast once a week. Movie is BRILLIANT! It´s so honest and powerful, I´ll never stop loving it. Absolutley one of the best movies ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the finest films I've ever seen. Ewan McGregor gives such a powerful and believable performance as a young man struggling with drug addiction and recovery. There are scenes in this film that left me emotionally disturbed for weeks! I highly recommend this film to all older teens and adults. Definitely NOT for children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took me only 8 years to get used to this movie--it was simply too much for me to take in when it came out. This is the one that uses the best Ewan McGregor has in him and that's better than anyone else, except possibly Russell Crowe. His voiceover is right on. Tough movie to watch but brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the trippiest movies I've ever seen! It is well made and keeps you interested the whole time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trainspotting is probably one of the greatest cult film EVER!the acting is great.the film is hilarious throughout, but can at some times be absoulutely vulgar and gross.not for small children,or faint of heart.its the sort of film that the first time you see it you connect with them and you're on the edge of your seat.you just have to watch certain parts over and over again.if they showed select parts of this in schools along with "Requiem for a Dream" no one would want to take drugs long term, or otherwise.you may think i'm crazy for this, but i did say select parts.
Readibus_Criticus More than 1 year ago
really love this movie even though it may be tough subject matter to watch and discuss.
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