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Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

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Renton
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Spud
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Sick Boy
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Tommy
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Begbie
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Diane
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Swanney
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Mr. Renton
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Mrs. Renton
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Allison
Pauline Lynch ...
Lizzy
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Gail
Stuart McQuarrie ...
Gavin / US Tourist
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Mikey Forrester
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Game Show Host
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Dealer
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Andreas
Annie Louise Ross ...
Gail's Mother (as Ann-Louise Ross)
Billy Riddoch ...
Gail's Father
Fiona Bell ...
Diane's Mother
Vincent Friell ...
Diane's Father
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Man
Victor Eadie ...
Man
Kate Donnelly ...
Woman
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Sheriff
Eddie Nestor ...
Estate Agent
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Pub Heavy (uncredited)
Rachael Fleming ...
Renton's Nurse (uncredited)
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Store Security Officer (plain clothes) (uncredited)
Andrew Macdonald ...
Flat Buyer (uncredited)
Archie MacPherson ...
Sports Commentator (uncredited) (voice)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Dirk Robertson ...
Dj (uncredited)

Directed by

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Danny Boyle

Written by

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Irvine Welsh ... (based on the novel by)
 
John Hodge ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Andrew Macdonald ... producer

Cinematography by

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Brian Tufano ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Masahiro Hirakubo

Editorial Department

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Denton Brown ... assistant editor
Anuree De Silva ... assembly editor
Neil Williams ... assistant editor
Rab Wilson ... editor trainee: FT2

Casting By

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Andy Pryor
Gail Stevens

Production Design by

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Kave Quinn

Art Direction by

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Tracey Gallacher

Costume Design by

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Rachael Fleming

Makeup Department

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Graham Johnston ... makeup designer
Robert McCann ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Lesley Stewart ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Gilchrist ... first assistant director
Claire Hughes ... second assistant director
Ben Johnson ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Brian Adams ... carpenter
Mat Bergel ... dressing props
Michelle Bowker ... props trainee
Brian Boyne ... stand-by stagehand
Stuart Clarke ... scenic artist
Frances Connell ... draughtsperson
Penny Crawford ... set dresser
Stewart Cunningham ... stand-by props
Paul Curren ... painter
John Donnelly ... stagehand
Gordon Fitzgerald ... prop master
Colin H. Fraser ... construction manager
Derek Fraser ... construction chargehand
Bobby Gee ... painter
Irene Harris ... art department assistant
Richard Hassall ... carpenter
Piero Jamieson ... dressing props
Scott Keery ... stand-by props
Jean Kerr ... draughtsperson
Peter Knotts ... carpenter
Patterson Lindsay ... plasterer (as Paterson Lindsay)
Niki Longmuir ... assistant art director
Paul McNamara ... props trainee
James Patrick ... painter
Alan Payne ... art department runner
Bert Ross ... stand-by carpenter
Miguel Sapochnik ... art department runner (as Miguel Rosenberg-Sapochnik)
Lorna Stewart ... art department assistant (as Lorna J. Stewart)
John Watt ... carpenter
Stephen Wong ... art department trainee

Sound Department

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Martin Cantwell ... footsteps editor
Tony Cook ... boom operator
Richard Fettes ... dialogue editor
Ray Merrin ... re-recording mixer
Jonathan Miller ... sound effects editor
Colin Nicolson ... sound recordist
Brian Saunders ... re-recording mixer
Mark Taylor ... re-recording mixer
Noel Thompson ... sound maintenance engineer
James Boyle ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Iain Eyre ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Perry Costello ... rigging supplier (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Grant Mason ... special visual effects
Tony Steers ... special visual effects

Stunts

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Tom Delmar ... stunt performer
Nrinder Dhudwar ... stunt performer
Terry Forrestal ... stunt arranger
Richard Hammatt ... stunt performer
Paul Heasman ... stunt performer
Tom Lucy ... stunt performer
Andreas Petrides ... stunt performer
Scott Cowan ... utility stunts (uncredited)
Bill Little ... utility stunts (uncredited)

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Simon Bray ... Steadicam operator
Lewis Buchan ... clapper loader
Willie Cadden ... gaffer
Neil Davidson ... camera trainee
Arthur Donnelly ... electrician
Jimmy Dorigan ... electrician
John Duncan ... generator operator
Jim Kerr ... underwater assistant camera
Liam Longman ... still photographer
Adrian McCarthy ... grip
Mark Ritchie ... best boy
Bob Shipsey ... focus puller (as Robert Shipsey)
Mike Valentine ... underwater camera operator
Liam Daniel ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Steven Noble ... wardrobe supervisor (as Stephen Noble)

Location Management

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Andrew Bainbridge ... location manager: London
Charlie Hiscott ... location assistant: London
Robert How ... location manager
Saul Metzstein ... location assistant

Music Department

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Allen Dam ... music consultant

Transportation Department

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Robbie Ryan ... action vehicles
Eric Smith ... driver: camera car
Gregor Telfer ... driver: props

Other crew

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William Adams ... security officer
Lene Bausager ... contact: London
Allan Bell ... caterer
Jonathan Berger ... production solicitor
Jenifer Booth ... production accountant
Anne Coulter ... script supervisor
Fiona Cowan ... caterer
Guy Cowan ... caterer
Mischon De Reya ... production solicitor
Eamon Doherty ... special technical advisor
Jackie Douglas ... caterer
James Dunsmuir ... security officer
Isabel Graham ... caterer
Boyd Harvey ... Insurance by Sampson & Allen
Andy Irvine ... caterer
Kirstin McDougall ... production runner
Dennis McFadden ... security officer
John McVeigh ... caterer
Ian Miller ... security officer
Michael Queen ... floor runner
Aidan Quinn ... floor runner
Jill Robertson ... assistant to producer
Shellie Smith ... production coordinator
David Stewart ... animal handler
Colin Bishop ... post-production script (uncredited)
Tom Delmar ... fight director (uncredited)
Christopher Gambale ... assistant to Harvey Weinstein (uncredited)
Amanda Street ... international sales: FilmFour (uncredited)

Thanks

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David Aukin ... thanks
David Bryce ... special thanks
Jonathan Channon ... thanks
Carol Anne Docherty ... thanks
Eamon Doherty ... special thanks
Richard Findlay ... thanks
Sara Geater ... thanks
Nicole Jacob ... thanks
Archie MacPherson ... thanks (as Archie Macpherson)
Allon Reich ... thanks
Kay Sheridan ... thanks
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Plot Summary

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 Michael Brooke

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Taglines Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a starter home. Choose dental insurance, leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose your future. But why would anyone want to do a thing like that? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Trainspotting - Neue Helden (Germany)
  • На игле (Russia)
  • Trainspotting - Din Viata Scapa Cine Poate (Romania)
  • Trejnspoting (Serbia)
  • Trainspotting: Sem Limites (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 93 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP4,703,433, 15 Mar 1996
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $71,558,971

Did You Know?

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Trivia Ewan McGregor read books about crack and heroin to prepare for the role. He also went to Glasgow and met people from the Calton Athletic Recovery Group, an organisation of recovering heroin addicts. He was taught how to cook up heroin with a spoon using glucose powder. McGregor considered injecting heroin to better understand the character, but eventually decided against it. See more »
Goofs After Renton has sex with Diane, he has nothing on his penis, but once he gets kicked out into the hallway, he pulls a condom off. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Courage Under Fire/Walking and Talking/Trainspotting/Harriet the Spy (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Lust for Life See more »
Crazy Credits The voice-over during the end of the end credits cites the seven movies in which Sean Connery played "James Bond". See more »
Quotes [first lines]
Mark "Rent-boy" Renton: [narrating] 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 you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?
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