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Irvine Welsh (novel)
John Hodge (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 February 1996 (Ireland) See more »
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 »
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 »
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  (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
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)
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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Also Known As:
Rated R for graphic heroin use and resulting depravity, strong language, sex, nudity and some violence
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Kelly Macdonald got the part when the production crew were handing out flyers across Glasgow, for anyone eager to audition. When Danny Boyle first laid eyes on her, in a corridor with a plain hairdo surrounded by many glamorous girls, he knew she was the one. He wanted someone unknown, so no-one would guess a 19-year-old is playing a schoolgirl. Macdonald still has the promotional flyer at home.See more »
Continuity: Length of the ash on the joint that Renton and Dianne share after Renton visits Tommy.See more »
[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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213 out of 263 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest British Movie of All Time, 28 February 2004
Author: RobertF87 from Scotland

This film became almost a cultural phenomenon as soon as it was released in Britain in February 1996.

Adapted from the first (and best) book by Irvine Welsh, the film shows the lives of a group of Edinburgh heroin addicts.

The film is a black comedy, at times hilarious, tragic, surreal, brutal and uplifting. The film is full of memorable moments such as the chase down Edinburgh's Princes Street which opens the film (I happened to be there when they were filming that scene) and Ewan McGregor diving down the "Worst Toilet in Scotland" headfirst.

The film doesn't condemn drug addicts, but it is probably more effective then any amount of preachy moralising as it depicts the devastating consequences that can happen to drug users.

The film is well acted by a cast who have (mostly) become pretty famous since. Especially memorable is Robert Carlyle as the violent Begbie.

I have seen this film many times. It is an instant classic. Go check it out.

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