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The Acid House (1998)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 1 January 1999 (UK)
Three twisted tales of abuse, drugs, displaced personalities, and insect life by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh.


Paul McGuigan


Irvine Welsh (screenplay), Irvine Welsh (stories)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen McCole ... Boab (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Maurice Roëves ... God (segment "The Granton Star Cause") / Drunk (segment "A Soft Touch") / Priest (segment "The Acid House")
Garry Sweeney ... Kev (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Jenny McCrindle Jenny McCrindle ... Evelyn (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Simon Weir ... Tambo (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Iain Andrew Iain Andrew ... Grant (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Irvine Welsh ... Parkie (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Pat Stanton Pat Stanton ... Barman (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Alex Howden Alex Howden ... Boab Snr (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Annie Louise Ross Annie Louise Ross ... Doreen (segment "The Granton Star Cause") (as Ann Louise Ross)
Dennis O'Connor Dennis O'Connor ... PC Cochrane (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
John Gardner John Gardner ... Sgt. Morrison (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
William Blair William Blair ... Workmate ("The Granton Star Case") / Deck ("A Soft Touch")
Gary McCormack Gary McCormack ... Workmate (segment "The Granton Star Cause") / Larry (segment "A Soft Touch")
Malcolm Shields ... Workmate (segment "The Granton Star Cause")


Three twisted tales from the seamy side of Scotland and the mind of Irvine Welsh. The Granton Star Cause: All in one day a young Leith lad is dumped by his football team, his girlfriend. and his parents; arrested and beaten up by the police; and turned into a fly by God, whom he meets in a pub. The Soft Touch: A man is too soft to do anything when his wife moves in with the thug upstairs. The Acid House: While tripping on acid, Coco Bryce is struck by lightning, which makes him switch bodies with a newborn baby. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@bigpond.com>

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Comedy | Drama


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Doreen: Tell us who ye've been seein'.
Boab Snr: Dolly Parton.
Doreen: I can't hear ye.
Boab Snr: Dolly Parton!
Doreen: That fuckin' slut? I knew it. Who else?
Boab Snr: Anna Ford... and that Madonna, but just the once.
Doreen: Scumbag. Bastard. Ya dirty fuckin' prick! You know what this means...
Boab Snr: No, no, Doreen... not the shite. I can't eat your shite.
Doreen: I'm gonna shite in your mouth. It's what we both want. Don't deny it.
Boab Snr: Shite in my mouth!
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References From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) See more »


Insect Royalty
Written and Performed by Primal Scream
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You need to get all levels of these films to realize its brilliance
10 June 2004 | by 2445-749See all my reviews

What I've read so far didn't persuade me. I saw the trilogy both in the German synchronization (which is btw. really very close to the original in intention, authenticity and feeling)and the original. And, I admit, I haven't read the novell yet. Nevertheless I know what I'm talking about, as I' ve thought a lot about the films and have a lot of others to compare. So, let's come to the films itself: THe red line drawn through this trilogy is a crass interruption of the life that the main roles had been living up to. Three losers, lost in their own prison, are being confronted with actually mind-/ personality- changing phenomens. There isn't (hardly) an pathos in neither of 'em and they simply describe what is being percepted by the figures. I cannot say anything about the adaption, as I haven't read the book, but the roles are performed absolutely realistic. Yeah mates, people like these guys actually exist. Except the first story, the other two are having a very deep sense ontop of the obvious ones. The stories itself are open into any direction, things happen, as they seem to need to happen. But, and this is one -propably unwanted -message, although it seems that the figures are caught in their roles, reality can change from one second to the other and nothing is as it used to be. We decide what we are! Life and the perception of it is something very weak and we just hold on to our imagination of the reality we expect! Technically the films are very interesting! There are great effects in it, camera drive is sometimes absolutely genius and there is a very strong mood to be felt watching! The music too fits perfectly into the scenes. There are some great pieces in it! The trilogy is a great piece of art and I wish that ignorance and expectations would become less to enable clear reception! Watch it if you haven't yet!

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Release Date:

1 January 1999 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,459, 8 August 1999

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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