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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

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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

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 »

Goofs

Graeme TIG welds his bike frame with his eye shields flipped up. His pupils are hardly constricted from the bright light. The UV light would have burned his corneas. 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

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

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Possibly the best Sports Movie I have ever seen
25 June 2007 | by andyrcampbellSee all my reviews

Were this to have been a sports movie, it would have still been very much worth the ticket. However, the personal story and the battles he had to fight turned this into something so much more. I took my wife, my son and his girlfriend to see this and we all came away feeling the same. 3 of us knew so much about Graeme Obree, but my son's girlfriend had never heard of him, and has no interest in most sport, especially not cycling. That we all loved it says they got that balance right. The cast were excellent with Jonny Lee Miller playing Obree to perfection. Ably supported by Billy Boyd and Brian Cox and Laura Fraser as his wife. This film may do something to raise the profile of amateur cycling. However, even more importantly, it may highlight the issues associated with mental illness. Try to see it, you will not regret it.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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