Trainspotting (1996)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 45 mins

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With splashes of humour, this dark and disturbing British drama explores themes of drug addiction, urban poverty and squalor in "culturally rich" Edinburgh, and other contemporary subjects of social relevance. Raw and brutally real, this socially relevant tale revolves around a group of disaffected Scottish youth, who turn to heroin in the hopes of escaping the banalities of modern-day existence. Then, they begin to suffer the consequences and discover that there are no easy solutions to the inherent loneliness and pain of life.
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Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

Crew: Danny Boyle (Director), Brian Tufano (Director of Photography)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama

Release Dates: 19 Jul 1996 (India)

Tagline: Never let your friends tie you to the tracks.

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Did you know? Kelly Macdonald, although supposedly 14yrs in the film, was 19yrs when making it. And the film released on her 20th birthday. Read More
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as Renton
as Spud
as Sick Boy
as Gail's Father
as Mrs. Renton
as Sheriff
as Diane's Mother
as Mikey Forrester
as Mr. Renton
as Dealer
as Diane
as Andreas
as Tommy
as Swanney
as Begbie
as Diane's Father


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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 (Flat)
Never let your friends tie you to the tracks.
Movie Connection(s):
Followed by: T2: Trainspotting (English)
Character Error
When Renton lists the chemicals he took apart from heroin, he mentions diamorphine, which is actually heroin.

After Renton has sex with Diane, he has nothing on his penis, but once he gets kicked out into the hallway, we see him pull a condom off.

The suppositories disappear and then reappear in Renton's hands when he is swimming.

The Doctor slapping Renton's face has no rings on her hand initially, then she has rings on both hands.

In the Renton's court arraignment when he gets high and is enveloped by the red carpet, he has no belt. But once Mother Superior drags him to the street he's now wearing a belt.

In the scene where Mark leaves the money for Spud, it is in the middle of the locker and parallel to the locker walls, but when Spud retrieves it the money is crooked and off-center.

The amount of beer on Begbie's shirt after making the heroin deal gets changed.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Renton is in bed screaming covering his ears, the shadow of the camera is visible.

Crew/Equipment Visible
After Spud and Renton have emptied the shake, either a crew member or equipment is partially visible on the right edge of the frame

Errors in Geography
Although the film is set in Edinburgh, you can clearly see the Campsie Fells that are situated to the north of Glasgow, 50 miles away.

Revealing Mistakes
During the pub brawl seen from above, some guys clearly just do pretend to hit each other.
Although it looks thoroughly offputting, the feces in the Worst Toilet scene in Scotland which was actually made from chocolate and smelled quite pleasant.

To play the skinny heroin-addicted Renton, Ewan McGregor followed only a simple diet consisting of no alcohol or dairy products in order to lose weight. It only took him two months to reach Renton's desired size.

The total film was shot in just seven and a half weeks.

Previously Ewen Bremner had played the character of Renton in a stage adaptation of the novel.

Kelly Macdonald, although supposedly 14yrs in the film, was 19yrs when making it. And the film released on her 20th birthday.

The football team pictured in the opening credits of the film is the Calton Athletic Club, who are in real drug addiction counselors and were the primary consultants for the film.

From the minute the film went into pre-production, Ewan McGregor was always the first choice for Renton character.

For the film's American release, the first 20 minutes had to be re-dubbed to make the Scottish accents more intelligible.