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The Flying Scotsman -- The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.


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Release Date:
26 April 2007 (New Zealand) See more »
Hope made him a dreamer. Heart made him a hero. See more »
The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Sometimes painful but compelling viewing See more (32 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jonny Lee Miller ... Graeme Obree

Sean Brown ... Young Graeme Obree
Joseph Carney ... Child Gang Leader
Crawford McInally-Kier ... First Child Bully
Jan Plazalski ... Second Child Bully
Niall Macgregor ... Graeme's Father
Julie Austin ... Graeme's Mother
Morag Calder ... First Office Receptionist

Billy Boyd ... Malky

Laura Fraser ... Anne Obree
Jean Marie Coffey ... Woman at Finish Line
Christopher Anderson ... Baby Ewan

Brian Cox ... Douglas Baxter

Ron Donachie ... Scobie

Morven Christie ... Katie
Pauline Lynch ... Second Office Receptionist
Gary Hollywood ... Cycle Courier
Moray Hunter ... Armstrong
Kieran Tennant ... First Kid in Street
Stuart Glen ... Second Kid in Street

Steven Berkoff ... Ernst Hagemann
Philip Wright ... Francesco Moser
Dennis Matsuki ... First Cycling Official

Erich Redman ... Second Cycling Official
Peter Majer ... Third Cycling Official

David Hounslow ... "Specialized" Representative

Niall Greig Fulton ... Adult Gang Leader
Adrian Grove ... Chris Boardman (as Adrian Smith)
Daniel André Pageon ... French Mayor
Grant Aylward ... Mayor's Assistant
Gudrun Mangel ... Mayor's Wife
Caitlin Brennan ... Daughter on Bike
George Drennen ... Father on Bike
Ashok Srivastava ... Doctor
Nathan McGrath ... Toddler Ewan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolas Abs ... Junior Official (uncredited)

Joseph Balderrama ... Santiago (uncredited)
Muzaffer Cakar ... President (uncredited)
Tino Czaja ... Track Official (uncredited)
Angelika Gersdorf ... (uncredited)

Forbes KB ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Ralf Klopotteck ... Referee (uncredited)
Alan Marsh ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Mackinnon 
Writing credits
John Brown  and
Simon Rose  and
Declan Hughes 

Produced by
Peter Broughan .... producer
Claire Chapman .... producer
Peter Gallagher .... line producer
Peter Gallagher .... producer
Sara Giles .... producer
Martin Hagemann .... co-producer
Niccolo Innocenti .... co-producer
Alan Kaplan .... executive producer
Kai Künnemann .... co-producer
Simon Rose .... executive producer
Alasdair Waddell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Martin Phipps 
Cinematography by
Gavin Finney 
Film Editing by
Colin Monie 
Casting by
Maureen Duff 
Production Design by
Mike Gunn 
Art Direction by
Ursula Cleary 
Set Decoration by
Lee Porter 
Costume Design by
Alexandra Caulfield 
Makeup Department
Lisa Buscher .... makeup daily
Maxine Dallas .... dailies makeup artist
Sarah Fidelo .... hair designer
Sarah Fidelo .... makeup designer
Ethian Hugo .... makeup artist (as Etienne Hugo Carvajal)
Niamh Morrison .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Kreutz .... production manager
Richard Lloyd .... post-production supervisor
Suzanne Reid .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Easton .... first assistant director: second unit
Ian Easton .... third assistant director
Michael Queen .... second assistant director
Francesco Reidy .... first assistant director
Art Department
Phil Bowen .... construction manager
Moley Campbell .... art department assistant
Paul Caswell .... props
Susan Collin .... stand-by art director
Anne-Marie Coulter .... production buyer
Judith Fischer .... art department trainee: Germany
Derek Gray .... storyboard artist
Daniel Kolarov .... property master: Germany
Stephen Mason .... art department runner
Bob Orr .... property master
David Richmond .... carpenter
Zoe Wight .... petty cash buyer
Martin Kelly .... art department (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alexander Buck .... dialogue editor
Tim Dyer .... sound trainee
Anthony Faust .... adr mixer
Michael Feinberg .... supervising adr editor
Tobias Fleig .... sound re-recording mixer
Gordon Forbes .... sound trainee
Kahl Henderson .... adr mixer
Martin Jensen .... adr recordist
Florian Kaltenegger .... foley recordist
Emil Klotzsch .... sound effects editor
David McMillan .... boom operator
Reg Mills .... sound mixer
Roland Platz .... foley artist
Tobias Poppe .... sound effects editor
Alexander Vitt .... adr editor
Benjamin Wolf .... foley editor
Guido Zettier .... sound designer
Guido Zettier .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Perry Costello .... rigging supplier
Nick Smith .... special effects supervisor
Chris Watson .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Wolf Bosse .... digital intermediate supervisor
Michael Brink .... visual effects producer
Alex Brommer .... digital compositor
Joerg Bruemmer .... lead digital compositor
David Harter .... digital artist
Nico Hauter .... digital intermediate assistant colorist
Michael Krämer .... digital compositor
Christian Laskawi .... 3D artist
Sebastian Locker .... digital compositor
Heike Mauer .... digital compositor
Christian Meckel .... systems administrator
Tim Mendler .... motion control operator
Rolf Muetze .... visual effects supervisor
Frieda Oberlin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Philipp Orgassa .... digital intermediate colorist
Andreas Rathmacher .... digital compositor
Bastian Schreitling .... digital artist
Christian Tröger .... digital artist
Christian Tröger .... digital intermediate finisher
Ralf Wacker .... digital intermediate supervisor
Philipp Schneider .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Andy Bennett .... stunt performer
Glenn Foster .... stunt double
Andreas Petrides .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ashley Bond .... focus puller
Brandon Evans .... gaffer
George Geddes .... clapper loader
Iain Harrison .... rigger
Rafael Jeneral .... second assistant camera: Germany
Tobias Klauke .... focus puller: "b" camera
Scott Rodgers .... camera trainee
Xandy Sahla .... camera operator
Niall Smyth .... best boy
Bernd Spauke .... still photographer
Colin Strachan .... grip
Casting Department
Catherine Gordon .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Hyland .... costume assistant
Dani Miller .... costume assistant
Dee Walsh .... costume supervisor
Elena Wegner .... costumer: extras
Editorial Department
Giles Burgess .... first assistant film editor
Sebastian Mietzner .... post-production technician
Patty Papageorgiou .... post-production assistant
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Location Management
David Burt .... location assistant
Stephen Burt .... location manager
Michael Campbell .... location assistant
Music Department
Michael Connell .... supervising music editor
Steve Mair .... musician: double bass
Transportation Department
Angus Finlayson .... runner driver
J.J. Lowe .... local driver
Paul Mason .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Lisa Maria Baruffati .... additional floor runner
Laurence Brown .... Legal Services
Peter Büscher .... runner
Neil Cairns .... production accountant
Giovannina Cotroneo .... production secretary
Kirstie Edgar .... script supervisor
Gemma Gerber .... stand-in: Laura Fraser
Robin Haig .... floor runner
Sharon Howat .... production coordinator
Joanna Johnson .... legal and business affairs
Jacqui McBride .... accounts trainee
David McKinnon .... production runner
Christian Meckel .... systems engineer
Anya Noakes .... publicist
Graeme Obree .... advisor
Holger Veh .... supervising armorer
Paul Zieleniec .... assistant accountant

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Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements and strong language
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

David Tennant was cast in this film but had to drop out because of changed dates.See more »
Anachronisms: Several vehicles on the 1993 Glasgow streets are models not available at that time (including a Vauxhall Tigra introduced in 1994, and a Ford Focus, which was not introduced until 1998).See more »
Anne Obree:[Graeme is stretching] No you're bum does not look big in those cycling shortsSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Passione: Episode #1.1" (2010)See more »


A "true story"? Just how true is it really?
Was Graeme Obree Jonny Lee Miller's double for the cycling in the film?
Has the film anything to do with the steam train, The Flying Scotsman?
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53 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes painful but compelling viewing, 25 April 2007
Author: cooperhmc from Christchurch, New Zealand

Being a relative of Graeme ( albeit fairly distant - his father and my mother were cousins)I knew the story well - I keep close contact with his Aunt ( My Mothers cousin)who would update me on how the "Scottish branch" of the family were doing. I followed Graemes career closely and remember vividly seeing his triumphs on the news. I knew about some of the issues he had to face in his life, the adversity that he had to overcome time and time again. Sitting down in a PACKED movie theatre in Christchurch NZ, I felt tremendously proud of him and e-mailed home straight away to pass on that message that, if he still has any doubts today, then I wanted him to know that, on the other side of the world, he packed a theatre out and, the chances are that, if he packed a theatre in tiny Christchurch then, he will have done so in Wellington, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne etc. Cycling is pretty popular here in the Southern Hemisphere and there were young kids in the audience who held him up as a hero. His honesty in writing his autobiography and allowing this film to be made, no holds barred is truly an inspiration because it shows that, if he can make it, become world champion twice, break the hour record, twice, without the major sponsorship and million pound technology of his contemparies, then so can they, the young lads starting out. Graeme, you were an inspiration and you still are, to MANY MANY people. And you have earned the admiration of many many people not only with your genius designs but with your honesty in facing your demons and confronting them head on. I know the Obree family continue to be very proud of you but, ultimately, you can be immensely proud of yourself and everything you have achieved. If the Cycling fraternity were to ever appoint an ambassador for the sport to get youngsters more interested in it - it really should be you. Watching the movie was painful at times but, ultimately I came out of the theatre very, very proud and I wish you and your family all the best for the future.

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