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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.

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Ian Hamilton (book) (as Ian Hamilton Q.C.), Charles Martin Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Cox ... Ian Hamilton
Kate Mara ... Kay Matheson
Stephen McCole ... Gavin Vernon
Ciaron Kelly ... Alan Stuart
Billy Boyd ... Bill Craig
Robert Carlyle ... John MacCormick
Peter Mullan ... Harris, Ian's Father
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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stone | abbey | student | car | scotland | See All (76) »

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

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Pedra do Destino See more »

Filming Locations:

Arbroath, Angus, Scotland, UK See more »

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Budget:

€6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£48,298 (United Kingdom), 10 October 2008, Limited Release
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Dolby

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Color
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A lot of the external night scenes and interior scenes were shot at Paisley Abbey, not Westminster Abbey. See more »

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In the scene where Ian Hamilton leaves John MacCormick's house following his request for financial assistance for the raid on Westminster Abbey, McCormick throws him a white Bank of England £50 note through an upstairs window. As a result of Germany's Operation Bernhard, a currency forgery plot hatched by the Nazis, the Bank of England withdrew all denominations with values greater than £5 in 1943, and the £50 featured, ceased to be legal tender in 1945. While theoretically some £50 notes may still have been in private hands in 1950, it would not have been possible to use them. See more »

Quotes

[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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An old fashioned but enjoyable movie.
11 October 2008 | by kevin_crightonSee all my reviews

Scotland 1950. Student Ian Hamilton, frustrated by what appears to be a lack of spirit in the people of Scotland, hatches a plan to steal the Stone Of Destiny from Westminster Abbey, and bring it home....

The movie is based on a book written by Hamilton himself. Now, I've not read it, so I'm not sure what the author will think of the finished movie, but I enjoyed it. Written for the screen and directed by Charles Martin Smith, this is Scotland as portrayed by Americans. It's a romantic, sweeping place, full of downtrodden Scots. It's a view of Scotland that you only ever see in the movies. However, it fits the mood of the piece, as this movie does have an old-fashioned feel about it. It recalls the Ealing movies of the '50s, with the whole thing if not played out for laughs, then certainly with a lot of humour in the drama.

The robbers, as portrayed by Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Ciaron Kelly and Stephen McCole, come over as enthusiastic, if bumbling students who manage to steal the Stone through luck as much as anything else. The movie definitely sides with them.

The cast which also includes Robert Carlyle, Peter Mullan and Billy Boyd are very good indeed, even if some of the accents don't convince.

I'm not sure how historically accurate the movie is, but as a movie, while it does have an old-fashioned feel, it is enjoyable and good natured, and like Braveheart before it, make you proud to be Scottish!


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