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.

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Ian Hamilton (book) (as Ian Hamilton Q.C.), Charles Martin Smith
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Cox ... Ian Hamilton
Kate Mara ... Kay Matheson
Stephen McCole ... Gavin Vernon
Ciaron Kelly Ciaron Kelly ... Alan Stuart
Billy Boyd ... Bill Craig
Robert Carlyle ... John MacCormick
Peter Mullan ... Harris Hamilton
Brenda Fricker ... Mrs. McQuarry
Juliet Cadzow Juliet Cadzow ... Ian's Mother
Alex Donald Alex Donald ... London Policeman
John Comerford John Comerford ... Pub Landlord
Richard Addison Richard Addison ... Tour Guide
Danielle Stewart Danielle Stewart ... Brochure Girl
Suzanne Dance Suzanne Dance ... Church Woman
Pauline King Pauline King ... Jen
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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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They didn't grab their destiny. They lifted it. See more »


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

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Trivia

Ian Hamilton: sour-faced English businessman who passes Ian Hamilton and Gavin Vernon as they get out of the car shortly before their first attempt to remove the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey (36 minutes). See more »

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Although the film is set in 1950, several Glasgow hi-rise flats can be seen in the background that where built in the 1960s. See more »

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[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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Wild Mountain Thyme
Written by Francis McPeake
Produced and Arranged by Richard Fox, Lauren Yason and Caroline Dale
Performed by Lauren Yason, Richard Fox & Caroline Dale
Published by Chappell & Co. o/b/o Chappell Music Ltd.
Recorded at Blacklight Studios, London
Courtesy of Terrence Yason
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good old fashion caper
10 September 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1950 Glasgow. Ian Hamilton (Charlie Cox) and his friend Bill Craig (Billy Boyd) are young Scottish Nationalists. John MacCormick (Robert Carlyle) is pushing for a Scottish Parliament and home rule. There is much apathy at home and rejection in London. Ian comes up with the idea of retaking the Stone of Destiny. It was the seat of Scottish royalty that was taken by the English to Westminster Abbey in London and incorporated into the Coronation Chair. Ian cases the Abbey and goes to MacCormick for financial help who is surprised by his lowly £50 request. Bill backs out fearing arrest. MacCormick directs Ian to Kay Matheson (Kate Mara) who brings along strong Gavin Vernon who then brings along his skinny friend Alan Stuart and a rundown car.

This works as a good old fashion caper film. It's got plenty of underdog and a large splash of Scottish nationalism. Charlie Cox is solid with the wide-eyed youthful exuberance. The group's chemistry is generally good. The ending gets a bit too sentimental but that's perfectly fine for this movie.


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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Arbroath, Angus, Scotland, UK See more »

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Budget:

EUR6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$347,045
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Dolby

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Color
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