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Stone of Destiny (2008)

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The story of Ian Hamilton, a dedicated nationalist who reignited Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland.


(book) (as Ian Hamilton Q.C.),
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ian Hamilton
... Kay Matheson
... Gavin Vernon
... Alan Stuart
... Bill Craig
... John MacCormick
... Harris, Ian's Father
... Mrs. McQuarry
Juliet Cadzow ... Ian's Mother
Alex Donald ... London Policeman
John Comerford ... Pub Landlord
Richard Addison ... Tour Guide
Danielle Stewart ... Brochure Girl
Suzanne Dance ... Church Woman
Pauline King ... Jen


The Stone of Destiny retells the fascinating and true story of four young Glaswegian students who, in 1951, outwitted the British authorities in their successful attempt to take back the Stone of Scone - a beloved symbol of Scottish pride, back to its country of origin. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

stone | abbey | student | car | scotland | See All (76) »


They didn't grab their destiny. They lifted it. See more »


Adventure | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some incidental smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 December 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Pedra do Destino  »

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Box Office


€6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£48,298 (United Kingdom), 10 October 2008, Limited Release
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Did You Know?


Though not specifically mentioned in the film, a man by the name of John Josselyn was one of the men who went with Ian Hamilton to the field to recover the stashed stone. John Josselyn, ironically, was a 21st great-grandson of King Edward I. See more »


The statues in the niches above the door are modern - the niches having been empty since the middle ages - and among the martyrs is Martin Luther King Jr., who was very much alive in 1950. There is a sign next to the entrance to the West gate which explains the statues were unveiled by the Queen in 1998 so they certainly weren't there when the heist took place. See more »


[first lines]
Ian Hamilton: It was only a rock, a big lump of sandstone, you might pass right by it, but to us, it was symbol of our freedom, of our independence. We all knew about it of course, we learned as children how it was the Scottish stone of kings, but they took it from us. And as a nation is suppose we'd forgotten about it. Time does that. It was history.
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I've Got You Under My Skin
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Michael Bublé
Published by Chappell & Co.
Courtesy of Warner Music Canada Co.
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Low budget but genuine film about rescuing the soul of a nation
19 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

This film is another worthwhile addition to the litany of low budget Scottish films. It's short on explosions and other spectacular effects; instead it majors on how the events in the film bring out the true selves of the key characters, while retaining a streak of slightly whimsical comedy. It reminded me very much of "On A Clear Day" -- indeed, one or two of the same actors appear -- but that film was about a man finding his own soul; this film is about finding the soul of a nation. Furthermore, it's true ... OK, so some of the events are re-ordered or omitted for dramatic effect, but much of what you see really did happen. Even the filming venues are genuine ... you really are seeing Glasgow University and you really are seeing the interior of Westminster Abbey. The music is genuinely Scottish too ... 'Wild Mountain Thyme' and 'Scots Wha Hae With Wallace Bled' form a lot of the backing music.

See this if you enjoyed 'On a Clear Day'; to a lesser extent it's also like 'The Full Monty', 'Heartlands', and 'Braveheart'.

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