Danny Boyle (1995)

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Our Score
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.


A heroin addict makes a series of attempts to kick the habit, but the grind of everyday life and a circle of similarly self-destructive friends keep dragging him back to his old ways. Following a near-fatal overdose, he comes to the realisation that the only way to put his life in order is to rid himself of his friends - which is easier said than done. Danny Boyle's drama based on Irvine Welsh's novel, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner.

Cast & Crew

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 Keith Allen
Gavin / US tourist Stuart McQuarrie
Andreas Kevin Allen
Store security officer John Hodge
Flat buyer Andrew Macdonald
Director Danny Boyle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Polygram Filmed EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity, drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray