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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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Young Graeme Obree
Joseph Carney ...
Child Gang Leader
Crawford McInally-Kier ...
First Child Bully
Jan Plazalski ...
Second Child Bully
Niall Macgregor ...
Graeme's Father
Julie Austin ...
Graeme's Mother
Morag Calder ...
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Jean Marie Coffey ...
Woman at Finish Line
Christopher Anderson ...
Baby Ewan
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Douglas Baxter
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Scobie
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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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Hope made him a dreamer. Heart made him a hero. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements and strong language | See all certifications »
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29 June 2007 (UK)  »

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O Escocês Voador  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£60,754 (United Kingdom), 1 July 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,337, 6 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$136,074, 20 May 2007
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Several vehicles on the 1993 Glasgow streets are models not available at that time (including a Vauxhall Tigra introduced in 1994, and a Ford Focus, which was not introduced until 1998). See more »

Quotes

Anne Obree: [Graeme is stretching] No you're bum does not look big in those cycling shorts
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Referenced in Passione: Episode #1.1 (2010) See more »

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stunning, involving and ultimately rewarding
27 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

I'm just home from enjoying one of the most exciting cinema experiences of my 51 years. As a recreational cyclist, and having trained hard and at least attempted racing, I knew that I would enjoy a film which focused on the life of a real athlete - rather than a fictional styling (Breaking Away) or one race (Hell On Wheels).

With 50% Scot blood in my veins I felt at home with the voices and scenery, but I found myself quickly intensely involved with the characters and swept away by the quality of the cinematography and the stunning surround sound. I've pre-ordered the DVD - but this is the very definition of big screen cinema entertainment.

In the late night screening I was lucky to have a whole row to myself - so no one witnessed my emotional gasps, or the times during the races when I was literally shaking with excitement.

I loved the way that Graeme's struggle with manic depression is given respectful depth - especially since his illness was an integral part of what drove him obsessively to achieve. Too few films deal effectively with the stress and reality of being bipolar. We need to see that he is loved, respected and supported as living with a mental illness, but also that he can accept polite active intervention.

This is a remarkable story - extremely well told. Full praise to all of the cast - especially Jonny Lee Miller, who looks and lives the part and to Brian Cox, one of Britain's greatest dramatic actors (see "The Lost Language Of Cranes").

We're told by other reviewers that the film is a more than adequate precis of Graeme's story, so I'm very much looking forward to reading his book.


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