A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who's never touched drugs but can't help being curious about them...Written by
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Kelly Macdonald recalled that she almost wrecked her screen debut by getting drunk: "I think it was my first day filming - a whole day and night shoot. All the boys were quite naughty and were drinking, so I was drinking. I'd been in the pub for hours with various people who weren't filming scenes, and Shirley Henderson [who played Gail] said, 'You might want to stop drinking'. She was totally right. I think I was actually hungover by the time I did the scene. I was so young. I was flipping between the excitement of these boys I was hanging around with because they were all so cool and charismatic and had lots of stories and then being a nervous wreck and hiding in the toilets." See more »
When Tommy wants to try heroin and presents the folded banknote to Renton (seen from both Renton's and Tommy's point of view), the imagery partly visible on one side of the folded note is not consistent with that on the other side. See more »
Mark "Rent-boy" Renton:
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 ...
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Profile pictures of the cast are shown during the beginning of the end credits. See more »
In some versions, the toilet where Rentboy dives into, has a sign hanging on the door: "worst toilet of Scotland". In other versions it shows a re-shoot without this sign. See more »
A Final Hit
Performed by Leftfield
Written by Neil Barnes (as Barnes) / Paul Daley (as Daley)
Published by Hard (UK) Hands Publishing Ltd/Chrysalis Music Ltd
Courtesy of Hard Hands/Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd See more »
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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