A kinetic, intimate look inside the subculture of heroin abuse, this acclaimed adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel follows the misadventures of Renton, a brash, twenty-something Edinburgh junkie, and his nihilistic chums Tommy, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie. Alternately comic and off-putting, the film ultimately comes down to Renton's choice between self-destruction or life. The stellar soundtrack should not be missed.
Peter Mullan - Actor/Director
Kevin McKidd - Actor
Danny Boyle - Director: SHALLOW GRAVE
Daniel Boyle - Director: SHALLOW GRAVE
Eileen Nicholas - Actor, TRAINSPOTTING
Kelly MacDonald - Actress/"Trainspotting"
Kelly McDonald - Actress/"Trainspotting"
Robert Carlyle - Scottish actor, THE FULL MONTY/THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
Jonny Lee Miller - Actor/"Hackers"
James Cosmo - Actor/"Braveheart
Rachael Fleming - Costume Designer
Masahiro Hirakubo - Editor
John Hodge - Screenwriter; collaborator w/Danny Boyle and Andrew McDonald
Ewan McGregor - Scottish actor, TRAINSPOTTING
Ewen Bremner - Actor, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (2004)
Brian Tufano - Director of Photography
- Format: Blu-Ray
- Run Time: 94
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 031398142393
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: R (MPAA)
- Release Date: February 2013
Based On A Novel
A Figment Film in association with the Noel Gay Motion Picture Company. Shown out of competition at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. Released theatrically in New York City July 19, 1996. Additional cast: Peter Mullan (Swanney); Eileen Nicholas (Mrs. Renton); Pauline Lynch (Lizzy); Shirley Henderson (Gail); Stuart McQuarrie (Gavin); Dale Winton (Game Show Host); Annie Louise Ross (Gail's Mother); Billy Riddoch (Gail's Father); Fiona Bell (Diane's Mother); Hugh Ross, Victor Eadie (Men); Kate Donnelly (Woman); Finlay Welsh (Sheriff); Eddie Nestor (Estate Agent). Additional credits: Lesley Stewart (production manager); Claire Hughes, Ben Johnson (assistant directors); Simon Bray (steadicam operator); Graham Johnston (make-up designer); Robert McCann (make-up and hair); Mark Taylor (sound re-recording mixer). Filmed on a budget of $2.3 million. The novel "Trainspotting" is based on also inspired a play that was performed in London's West End before the film was released. Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...Electrifying....Harrowing and hilarious..." - 06/13/1996 Rolling Stone, p.60
"...The lasting after-effect of watching TRAINSPOTTING is a sense of exhilaration..." - 03/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.52-3
"...A dark, Tarantino-style humor courses through its veins...This hip rave-up is zippily entertaining....Ewan McGregor delivers his needle-sharp narration with raw charisma" -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 07/19/1996 USA Today, p.1D
"...Thrillingly squalid, scabrously funny..." -- Rating: A - 08/09/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.45
"Scabrous, brutal and hip, TRAINSPOTTING is a CLOCKWORK ORANGE for the '90s....[The] performances are terrific at all levels..." - 02/12/1996 Variety
"...A larkish black comedy, paced like a Beatles musical yet grounded by the charming misanthropy of Irvine Welsh's best-selling novel....[With] a starmaking performance from Ewan McGregor..." - 07/01/1996 Film Comment, p.2-12
5 stars out of 5 -- "It holds up terrifically well. This movie was the first, maybe the only successful 90s British attempt at answering films like GOODFELLAS or PULP FICTION; it has a version of their spirit and power --and matches them for hardcore violence, horror and drugs." - 01/12/2017 The Guardian