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The Acid House (1998)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 1 January 1999 (UK)
Three twisted tales of abuse, drugs, displaced personalities and insect life by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh.

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Garry Sweeney ...
Kev (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Jenny McCrindle ...
Evelyn (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
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Tambo (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Iain Andrew ...
Grant (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
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Parkie (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Pat Stanton ...
Barman (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Alex Howden ...
Annie Louise Ross ...
Dennis O'Connor ...
John Gardner ...
William Blair ...
Workmate ("The Granton Star Case") / Deck ("A Soft Touch")
Gary McCormack ...
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Workmate (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
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Three twisted tales from the seamy side of Scotland and the mind of Irvine Welsh. The Granton Star Cause: in the same day a young Leith lad is dumped by his football team, his girlfriend and his parents, arrested and beaten up by the police and turned into a fly by God, whom he meets in a pub. The Soft Touch: a man is too soft to do anything when his wife moves in with the thug upstairs. The Acid House: while tripping on acid, Coco Bryce is struck by lightning, causing him to switch bodies with a newborn baby. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@bigpond.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Box Office

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£42,751 (UK) (3 January 1999)

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$142,783 (USA) (5 December 1999)
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Trivia

Jemma Redgrave and Michelle Gomez both later starred in Doctor Who (2005). Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart and Michelle Gomez as Missy. See more »

Quotes

Doreen: Tell us who ye've been seein'.
Boab Snr: Dolly Parton.
Doreen: I can't hear ye.
Boab Snr: Dolly Parton!
Doreen: That fuckin' slut? I knew it. Who else?
Boab Snr: Anna Ford... and that Madonna, but just the once.
Doreen: Scumbag. Bastard. Ya dirty fuckin' prick! You know what this means...
Boab Snr: No, no Doreen... not the shite. I can't eat your shite.
Doreen: I'm gonna shite in your mouth. It's what we both want. Don't deny it.
Boab Snr: Shite in my mouth!
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Connections

Featured in The South Bank Show: Irvine Welsh (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Insect Royalty
Written and Performed by Primal Scream
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Squalid, Depraved, but Hilarious.
24 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'll have to say that i personally love this movie. All three stories are gritty and realistic, but not overly stylised, and this gives the film the feeling of the earlier trainspotting but thankfully with less of the 'cool factor'. Although the stories are anything but realistic as far as storyline is concerned, the acting, locations and look make the characters feel totally believable. If you are easily offended then be warned - you will see things that you will not expect, but the great part is that you never feel that anything was cut out - this film goes there and then goes further.

Fantastic performances by the actors, a brilliantly well selected soundtrack and truly terrifying storytelling by the master Irvine Welsh, this is a great example of British Filmaking at its best.

I am intrigued by the fact that the US version needs subtitles, and i am glad that so many people outside the UK have had the chance to experience some no-holds-barred modern British storytelling. And by the way - i think its better than trainspotting.


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