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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.

Writers:

Ian Hamilton (book) (as Ian Hamilton Q.C.), Charles Martin Smith
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3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Plot Keywords:

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

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

Genres:

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 has escaped with the stone and almost runs over Gavin & Alan, the Glasgow skyline (South Portland Street Suspension Bridge from the south of the Clyde river) can clearly be seen in the background although they are supposedly near Westminster. 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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Stirring and fun: and a terrific true adventure story
10 May 2009 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Stone of Destiny is stirring and while it never claims to be Braveheart it does capture a lot of what Scotland's quest to be free is all about; and is surprisingly moving.

A fun film about the true theft of the very potent symbol of Scottish heritage also known as Jacob's Pillow (As Jacob was meant to have slept on it after wrestling the angel in Genesis): the Scottish coronation stone.

It is simply told with old-fashioned values - it reminded us of 1950s cinema - something about a good story well-told, a caper with moral vision, if you will.

Above all it was fun. The time whizzed by and it really is an entertaining watch. The attempts to capture the 50s are good, there are some slight anachronisms here and there but overall it holds good. The actors all give it their all and there is a real sense of fun to be had here.

If you want a great adventure story and like true stories then this will definitely be your cup of tea.


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