Trainspotting

  • 18
  • Danny Boyle (1995)
  • UK
  • 89 min
Trainspotting
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

There was no doubt after Shallow Grave that the arrival of director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald and doctor-turned-writer John Hodge on the British film scene was a major cause for celebration. However, it was the trio's follow-up - this devastatingly comic and tragic look at youth culture and its recreational habits - that put them firmly on the international map. Unapologetic and hard-hitting, Irvine Welsh's controversial bestseller is brought to the screen as a dazzling assault on the senses. Fiercely original and provocative, this shocker focuses on the disintegrating friendship of four Edinburgh lads as they embark on an endless drugs and petty-crime bender. In a true masterstroke, the harrowing and bleak subject matter is presented as a hilariously funny walk on the wild side, with no moral stance taken or punches pulled. Ewan McGregor is absolutely brilliant as smart-aleck junkie Renton, and Robert Carlyle gives a stunning performance as the violent Begbie. This is a savagely sophisticated work and a landmark British classic.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle. Mark Renton, a young heroin addict, lives with a group of friends in a squalid Edinburgh flat. Determined to change his life, but equally dependent on the drug culture around him, he visits his dealer for the last time.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mark Renton
Ewan McGregor
Daniel "Spud"
Ewen Bremner
Simon "Sick Boy"
Jonny Lee Miller
Tommy
Kevin McKidd
Begbie
Robert Carlyle
Diane
Kelly Macdonald
Swanney
Peter Mullan
Mr Renton
James Cosmo
Mrs Renton
Eileen Nicholas
Allison
Susan Vidler
Lizzy
Pauline Lynch
Gail
Shirley Henderson
Mikey
Irvine Welsh
Game show host
Dale Winton
Dealer / Andreas
Keith Allen

Crew

Director
Danny Boyle

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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