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Stone of Destiny (2008)

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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Cast

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Ian Hamilton
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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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Harris, Ian's Father
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Mrs. McQuarry
Juliet Cadzow ...
Ian's Mother
Alex Donald ...
London Policeman
John Comerford ...
Pub Landlord
Richard Addison ...
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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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stone | abbey | student | car | scotland | See All (76) »

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

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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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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Pedra do Destino  »

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€6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Christopher Lee was originally cast as "Elder Ian Hamilton", the lead character, now in his 80s, who begins to the tell the story of what happened 57 years ago. However, when the rough cut of the film was screened for a test audience, the director, editor and producers all decided that this device of a "Flashback" was not necessary to the film, and in fact, unnecessarily slowed down the beginning of the story. Therefore that scene was cut and as a result the film is told completely from the point of view of Young Ian Hamilton. See more »

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Kay Matheson took no further part in the operation after taking the smaller portion of the stone to Birmingham, yet she is seen as part of the group bringing the Stone back over the border as well as taking it to Arbroath Abbey. 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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I've Got You Under My Skin
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Michael Bublé
Published by Chappell & Co.
Courtesy of Warner Music Canada Co.
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Great little film
26 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. This is an adventure-comedy based on the real-life story of Ian Hamilton (Charlie Cox) who as a college student in Edinbourough, Scotland hatches an unlikely plot with the aid of a handful of fellow student to break into Wesminster Abbey in London and return to it's native land of Scotland the Stone of Destiny that for centuries has served as the coronation stone for the kings and queens of England. It's a feel-good enjoyable story based on Hamiltons book with the screenplay by director Charles Martin Smith. Smith as an American actor is known for his roles in such films as American Graffiti, The Untouchables, The Buddy Holly Story and Starman turns out a great product here in this little film as it's director. I would give it an 8.0 out of 10 and recommend it.


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