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… See more details below

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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:
02/10/1998
UPC:
0786936023275
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

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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