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The Flying Scotsman (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 29 June 2007 (UK)
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The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.

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Douglas Mackinnon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Graeme Obree
Sean Brown ... Young Graeme Obree
Joseph Carney Joseph Carney ... Child Gang Leader
Crawford McInally-Kier Crawford McInally-Kier ... First Child Bully
Jan Plazalski Jan Plazalski ... Second Child Bully
Niall Macgregor Niall Macgregor ... Graeme's Father
Julie Austin Julie Austin ... Graeme's Mother
Morag Calder Morag Calder ... First Office Receptionist
Billy Boyd ... Malky
Laura Fraser ... Anne Obree
Jean Marie Coffey Jean Marie Coffey ... Woman at Finish Line
Christopher Anderson Christopher Anderson ... Baby Ewan
Brian Cox ... Douglas Baxter
Ron Donachie ... Scobie
Morven Christie ... Katie
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The Flying Scotsman is a feature film based on the remarkable true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree. In 1993, and as an unemployed amateur, Obree broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own revolutionary design, which he constructed out of scrap metal and parts of a washing machine. Written by Sharon Howat

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The true story of the unlikely champion that inspired a nation. See more »

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements and strong language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

David Tennant was cast in this film but had to drop out because of changed dates. See more »

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In March 2010, Graeme Obree was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame to honor his achievements as one of Scotland's greatest cyclists (reported in the Daily Record of 16th March 2010). Although born in England, he has spent most of his life in Scotland, currently lives there and has a Scottish accent, therefore he is Scottish. See more »

Quotes

Anne Obree: [Graeme is stretching] No you're bum does not look big in those cycling shorts
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Connections

Referenced in La noche de...: El escocés volador (2017) See more »

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THE movie for cyclists
6 May 2007 | by petralynSee all my reviews

First, this movie is much better than "Chariots of Fire," albeit without the famous soundtrack. Second, this movie speaks to anyone who has spent hours on a stationary bike, pedaled through verdant countryside, or has challenged themselves to 100 mile day. Third, this movie will resonant with those who've been forced to deal with depression and survived.

I think the cinematography was terrific, except for some of the closeups of Obree on the oval. However, the shots of his front wheel and the tunnel vision which develop during a maximum effort are splendid.

While pushing personal limits of time and distance, there's no way a cyclist won't think about Obree's extreme effort and success.


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Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El escocés volador See more »

Filming Locations:

Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,337, 6 May 2007

Gross USA:

$171,817

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,260,553
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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