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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Filming took place in the height of summer. This was problematic when it came to the night shoots - given it doesn't get dark in Scotland until around 11pm in the summer and the sun's up again by 4.30am. On the plus side, the short nights meant that Danny Boyle and co could cram an awful lot of filming into one day (the director was usually on set around 7am and often didn't finish until 8.30pm), which given the fact they didn't have that long to make the movie came in very handy indeed. See more »
The amount of beer on Begbie's shirt after making the heroin deal. 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 »
Differences between the original cut of the film and its North American release include:
Many scenes and voice-overs re-dubbed throughout the entire film, sometimes with altered words: bird/girl, ken/know, skag/smack, post/mail
Added titles: "The worst toilet in Scotland", "The first day of the Edinburgh Festival", subtitles during Spud and Tommy's bar conversation
Removed: a shot at the end of Renton and Diane's sex scene (blacked out) and a shot of the needle entering Mark's arm before he overdoses (replaced with a repeated facial close-up)
Performed by Damon Albarn (as Albarn) / Gauld / Sidwell / Henry / Smith and The Duke Strings Quartet
Written by Damon Albarn
Published by MCA Music Ltd
Licensed by EMI Records
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The Greatest British Movie of All Time
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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