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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 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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Storyline

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 »


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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Box Office

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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Trivia

Christopher Lee was originally cast as "Elder Ian Hamilton", the lead character, now in his 80s, who begins to the tell the story of what happened 57 years ago. However, when the rough cut of the film was screened for a test audience, the director, editor and producers all decided that this device of a "Flashback" was not necessary to the film, and in fact, unnecessarily slowed down the beginning of the story. Therefore that scene was cut and as a result the film is told completely from the point of view of Young Ian Hamilton. See more »

Goofs

Tramlines on Westminster bridge (which is shown from above) were not lifted until 1952, yet the film is set in 1950. Also, double red lines are marked which would not have been painted until much later. 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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I've Got You Under My Skin
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Thoroughly enjoyable
21 June 2008 | by scruffybobbySee all my reviews

I just saw Stone of Destiny at its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The stars and director were in attendance as well as Ian Hamilton and Alan Stuart themselves.

I enjoyed this film very much. It's got humour and heart and characters that you can really get behind. You really want to see them succeed. It's also hard not to feel a swell of patriotism come the end -if you're a Scot. Otherwise you'll still get a warm feeling inside The cast are likable and their performances are good - although Charlie Cox and Kate Mara's accents weren't entirely convincing they both put in winning performances. The supporting cast are also good value with Stephen McCole making a very personable member of the team. Billy Boyd and Robert Carlyle do well with slightly limited roles.

There are a few niggles - like the aforementioned accents - and some suspiciously green looking trees given that its set in winter, but these are minor. I can see this doing very well when it is put on general release, and that success will be deserved.


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