Rent Trainspotting (1996)

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1h 29min
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Synopsis:
"Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family..." This is the story of Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) and his so-called friends - a bunch of losers, liars, psychos, thieves and junkies. Hilarious but harrowing, the film charts the disintegration of their friendship as they proceed seemingly towards self-destruction. Mark alone has the insight and opportunity to escape his fate - but then again does he really want to "choose life"?
Actors:
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Directors:
Voiced By:
Archie MacPherson
Writers:
Irvine Welsh, John Hodge
Others:
John Hodge
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1996 BAFTA Best Adapted Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
22/06/1998
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/06/2009
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Memories of Trainspotting with Danny Boyle, Andrew Macdonald, John Hodge, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Kelly Macdonald and Robert
  • Carlyle
  • Deleted Scenes with commentary
  • The Look of the Film - Then and Now
  • The Sound of the Film - Then and Now
  • The Beginning
  • Archive Interview with Irvine Welsh
  • Behind the Needle
  • Danny Boyle on Trainspotting
  • Ewan McGregor on Trainspotting
  • Cannes Snapshot
  • Cannes Vox Pops
  • Trailers
  • Gallery
  • Commentary on feature

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Reviews (1) of Trainspotting

Modern Masterpiece - Trainspotting review by GI

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10/04/2021

A dark journey through the squalor of drug addiction told through a brutally and shocking black comedy and one of the best British films of the post modern age. The film follows five Edinburgh based friends, three of whom are committed heroin users, one a violent sociopathic criminal and the fifth a clean living fitness freak who acts as the groups conscience although his fall is inevitable. Ewan McGregor, in arguably his best role, is Renton who narrates his journey through heroin addiction, underage sex, habitual theft, HIV and the disloyalty that accompanies drug misuse. There are scenes of overdose, cold turkey and some very realistic violence mainly committed by the psychopathic Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Brilliantly written for the screen by John Hodge based on Irvine Welsh's novel (who cameos in the film too) and superbly directed by Danny Boyle, this is by far his best film and it deserves multiple viewings to appreciate the subtleties in the film's themes and construction. Yes it's clearly a sharp and obvious condemnation of the grimy sub culture of drug addiction with surreal elements that highlight the collapse of reason and responsibility all told in some highly memorable film making. This is a remarkable achievement and it's a film that has a cult status and a relevance that, sadly, continues on. It's an important film and certainly needs to be seen if you've somehow missed it so far. This is a powerful film, and will make you cringe, wince, laugh and shudder but it's also a masterpiece.

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