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Trainspotting -- Trainspotting delivers a wild mix of rebellious action and wicked humor in a story of four friends who try to make it in the world on their own terms, but struggle with deep-seated addiction.

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Director:
Writers:
Irvine Welsh (novel)
John Hodge (screenplay)
Contact:
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Release Date:
19 July 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a starter home. Choose dental insurance, leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose your future. But why would anyone want to do a thing like that? See more »
Plot:
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 20 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A triumphant masterpiece See more (491 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ewan McGregor ... Renton

Ewen Bremner ... Spud

Jonny Lee Miller ... Sick Boy

Kevin McKidd ... Tommy

Robert Carlyle ... Begbie

Kelly Macdonald ... Diane

Peter Mullan ... Swanney

James Cosmo ... Mr. Renton

Eileen Nicholas ... Mrs. Renton
Susan Vidler ... Allison
Pauline Lynch ... Lizzy

Shirley Henderson ... Gail

Stuart McQuarrie ... Gavin / US Tourist

Irvine Welsh ... Mikey Forrester
Dale Winton ... Game Show Host

Keith Allen ... Dealer

Kevin Allen ... Andreas
Annie Louise Ross ... Gail's Mother (as Ann-Louise Ross)
Billy Riddoch ... Gail's Father
Fiona Bell ... Diane's Mother
Vincent Friell ... Diane's Father

Hugh Ross ... Man
Victor Eadie ... Man
Kate Donnelly ... Woman
Finlay Welsh ... Sheriff
Eddie Nestor ... Estate Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Delmar ... Pub Heavy (uncredited)
Rachael Fleming ... Renton's Nurse (uncredited)
John Hodge ... Store Security Officer (plain clothes) (uncredited)
Andrew Macdonald ... Flat Buyer (uncredited)
Archie MacPherson ... Sports Commentator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Danny Boyle 
 
Writing credits
Irvine Welsh (novel)

John Hodge (screenplay)

Produced by
Andrew Macdonald .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Brian Tufano (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Masahiro Hirakubo 
 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
Gail Stevens 
 
Production Design by
Kave Quinn 
 
Art Direction by
Tracey Gallacher 
 
Costume Design by
Rachael Fleming 
 
Makeup Department
Graham Johnston .... makeup designer
Robert McCann .... hair stylist
Robert McCann .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lesley Stewart .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Gilchrist .... first assistant director
Claire Hughes .... second assistant director
Ben Johnson .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Brian Adams .... carpenter
Mat Bergel .... dressing props
Michelle Bowker .... props trainee
Brian Boyne .... stand-by stagehand
Stuart Clarke .... scenic artist
Frances Connell .... draughtsperson
Penny Crawford .... set dresser
Stewart Cunningham .... stand-by props
Paul Curren .... painter
John Donnelly .... stagehand
Gordon Fitzgerald .... prop master
Colin H. Fraser .... construction manager
Derek Fraser .... construction chargehand
Bobby Gee .... painter
Irene Harris .... art department assistant
Richard Hassall .... carpenter
Piero Jamieson .... dressing props
Scott Keery .... stand-by props
Jean Kerr .... draughtsperson
Peter Knotts .... carpenter
Patterson Lindsay .... plasterer (as Paterson Lindsay)
Niki Longmuir .... assistant art director
Paul McNamara .... props trainee
James Patrick .... painter
Alan Payne .... art department runner
Bert Ross .... stand-by carpenter
Miguel Sapochnik .... art department runner (as Miguel Rosenberg-Sapochnik)
Lorna Stewart .... art department assistant (as Lorna J. Stewart)
John Watt .... carpenter
Stephen Wong .... art department trainee
 
Sound Department
Martin Cantwell .... footsteps editor
Tony Cook .... boom operator
Richard Fettes .... dialogue editor
Ray Merrin .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Miller .... sound effects editor
Colin Nicolson .... sound recordist
Brian Saunders .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Noel Thompson .... sound maintenance engineer
James Boyle .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Iain Eyre .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Perry Costello .... rigging supplier (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Grant Mason .... special visual effects
Tony Steers .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Tom Delmar .... stunt performer
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt performer
Terry Forrestal .... stunt arranger
Richard Hammatt .... stunt performer
Paul Heasman .... stunt performer
Tom Lucy .... stunt performer
Andreas Petrides .... stunt performer
Scott Cowan .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Bill Little .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Bray .... Steadicam operator
Lewis Buchan .... clapper loader
Willie Cadden .... gaffer
Neil Davidson .... camera trainee
Arthur Donnelly .... electrician
Jimmy Dorigan .... electrician
John Duncan .... generator operator
Jim Kerr .... underwater assistant camera
Liam Longman .... still photographer
Adrian McCarthy .... grip
Mark Ritchie .... best boy
Bob Shipsey .... focus puller (as Robert Shipsey)
Mike Valentine .... underwater camera operator
Liam Daniel .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Steven Noble .... wardrobe supervisor (as Stephen Noble)
 
Editorial Department
Denton Brown .... assistant editor
Anuree De Silva .... assembly editor
Neil Williams .... assistant editor
Rab Wilson .... editor trainee: FT2
 
Transportation Department
Robbie Ryan .... action vehicles
Eric Smith .... driver: camera car
Gregor Telfer .... driver: props
 
Other crew
William Adams .... security officer
Andrew Bainbridge .... location manager: London
Lene Bausager .... contact: London
Allan Bell .... caterer
Jonathan Berger .... production solicitor
Jenifer Booth .... production accountant
Anne Coulter .... script supervisor
Fiona Cowan .... caterer
Guy Cowan .... caterer
Mischon De Reya .... production solicitor
Eamon Doherty .... special technical advisor
Jackie Douglas .... caterer
James Dunsmuir .... security officer
Isabel Graham .... caterer
Charlie Hiscott .... location assistant: London
Robert How .... location manager
Andy Irvine .... caterer
Kirstin McDougall .... production runner
Dennis McFadden .... security officer
John McVeigh .... caterer
Saul Metzstein .... location assistant
Ian Miller .... security officer
Michael Queen .... floor runner
Aidan Quinn .... floor runner
Jill Robertson .... assistant to producer
Shellie Smith .... production coordinator
David Stewart .... animal handler
Colin Bishop .... post-production script (uncredited)
Tom Delmar .... fight director (uncredited)
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to Harvey Weinstein (uncredited)
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David Aukin .... thanks
David Bryce .... special thanks
Jonathan Channon .... thanks
Carol Anne Docherty .... thanks
Eamon Doherty .... special thanks
Richard Findlay .... thanks
Sara Geater .... thanks
Nicole Jacob .... thanks
Archie MacPherson .... thanks (as Archie Macpherson)
Allon Reich .... thanks
Kay Sheridan .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for graphic heroin use and resulting depravity, strong language, sex, nudity and some violence
Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The scene where Sick-Boy and Renton lie in the park and take potshots with their air-rifle was originally going to be set to the theme from "Mission: Impossible" (1966). Unfortunately Brian De Palma was setting up the film version of the TV show at the time so getting to the rights to the music simply proved to be too expensive - approximately three times the film's budget. Both actors were very hungover for the scene in question.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Begbie strikes the seated man with the pool cue, he clearly hits the seat. The back of the chair is covered by the man's jacket and the cue hits the chair underneath the jacket.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mark "Rent-boy" Renton:[narrating] Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Luster (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
StatuesqueSee more »

FAQ

Why didn't Mother Superior (aka Swanney) call Renton an ambulance when he overdosed?
What happened to the baby?
What are the differences between the R-Rated VHS and the Uncut Version?
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66 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
A triumphant masterpiece, 12 March 2008
Author: ametaphysicalshark from prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com

Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" is a film in which everything goes the right way. Few films are fortunate to 'be' at the right time and right place and take the world by storm as "Trainspotting" did, but the ultimate proof of this film's greatness is that if you watched it alone or with a large group of people, in 2008 or in 1996, it has the same effect- absolute power. This film is nothing more- or less- than one of the most effective and perfect artistic works ever committed to celluloid.

The film follows the lives of a group of drug attics in Scotland in the late 1980's but is constructed less as a conventional narrative and more as a series of vignettes connected by characters and set to the film's dazzling soundtrack (the fact that I mention the scenes being 'set' to the soundtrack is proof of its importance in this particular film). Almost every scene is as powerful as the next, with three montages in particular being possibly the definitive examples of how to do a memorable cinematic montage.

Pop culture has been kind to "Trainspotting", remembering it as a unique and great film, especially in Britain. I certainly do not disagree with this consensus, but I feel the film has been hurt by familiarity, with even television series like "Family Guy" parodying the film's well-known scenes (and badly). This doesn't mean that the film's popularity is being hurt, but that it doesn't feel as fresh and original to people now as it did back in 1996. This is hardly the thing the film's reputation suffers most from however, with the significantly large number of people who claim the film supports and promotes drug use. I have to ask, and forgive my rudeness, how stupid can you possibly be? No, drug addicts in this film are not vilified, but they are consistently shown in a brutally realistic and horrifically tragic context, and just because the film doesn't go out of its way to emotionally manipulate you into completely hating its characters doesn't mean that it promotes drug use, it means that it's a knowing film careful enough not to become a sappy, melodramatic Hollywood product.

The acting is phenomenal, the music is terrific, the film is a pitch-perfect example of energizing editing and brilliant use of montage, and its script is one of the best ever written, alternately hilarious, horrifying, tragic, and benefiting from a rare level of depth and resonance. A British classic is what Trainspotting is recognized as, and a British classic is what it is.

10/10

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