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Stone of Destiny (2008)

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The story of Ian Hamilton, a dedicated nationalist who reignited Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland.

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Ian Hamilton
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Kay Matheson
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Gavin Vernon
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Alan Stuart
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Bill Craig
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John MacCormick
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Ian's Father
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Mrs. McQuarry
Juliet Cadzow ...
Ian's Mother
Alex Donald ...
London Policeman
John Comerford ...
Pub Landlord
Richard Addison ...
Tour Guide
Danielle Stewart ...
Brochure Girl
Suzanne Dance ...
Church Woman
Pauline King ...
Jen
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The Stone of Destiny retells the fascinating and true story of four young Glaswegian students who, in 1951, outwitted the British authorities in their successful attempt to take back the Stone of Scone - a beloved symbol of Scottish pride, back to its country of origin. Written by Anonymous

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They didn't grab their destiny. They lifted it. See more »


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Rated PG for language and some incidental smoking | See all certifications »

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19 December 2008 (UK)  »

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Die Jagd nach dem Stein des Schicksals  »

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Though not specifically mentioned in the film, a man by the name of John Josselyn was one of the men who went with Ian Hamilton to the field to recover the stashed stone. John Josselyn, ironically, was a 21st great-grandson of King Edward I. See more »

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The statues in the niches above the door are modern - the niches having been empty since the middle ages - and among the martyrs is Martin Luther King Jr., who was very much alive in 1950. There is a sign next to the entrance to the West gate which explains the statues were unveiled by the Queen in 1998 so they certainly weren't there when the heist took place. See more »

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[first lines]
Ian Hamilton: It was only a rock, a big lump of sandstone, you might pass right by it, but to us, it was symbol of our freedom, of our independence. We all knew about it of course, we learned as children how it was the Scottish stone of kings, but they took it from us. And as a nation is suppose we'd forgotten about it. Time does that. It was history.
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Tae the Battle
Written by Tony Walker & Paul McKenzie
Performed by The Real McKenzies
Published by Tony Walker & Paul McKenzie
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Enjoyable family film
15 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My wife and I took our 10 year old. The time didn't drag and it was nicely done. Not a life changing, earth shattering film that you'd necessarily bother to see again, but it passed a pleasant evening and we were glad we'd gone to see it. It captured the sometimes bumbling and chaotic nature of of this kind of endeavour, and there were a few edge of the seat moments. The acting was fine and it captured the feel of a different era when we weren't so paranoid about terrorism and public buildings were much more easily accessible. I guess a lot of non-Scots won't fully understand the reference to the Declaration of Arbroath (I saw it on display in Edinburgh many years ago and it blew me away - and I'm an Englishman!).


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