Trainspotting | 1996

Drama, Crime
Smart, funny, sickly and sometimes just plain unconscious, Mark Renton is a hero of our times. Set in an underbelly of Edinburgh the city fathers never dreamed of, this is the story of Mark and his so-called friends--a ...more
Director: Danny Boyle
Awards: 1 Oscar nomination. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Mark Renton

Actor

... Spud

Actor

... Sick Boy

Actor

... Tommy

Actor

... Begbie

Actor

... Diane

Actor

... Swanney

Actor

... Mr Renton

Actor

... Mrs Renton

Actor

... Allison

Actor

... Lizzy

Actor

... Gail

Actor

Writers

Screenplay

Source Material (from novel)

Company

Bikers of Coddenham Ltd

Production Company

Boyne Brian

Production Company

Bristol Television Film Services Ltd

Production Company

Calton Athletic Recovery Group

Production Company

Production Company

Delta Sound Services Ltd

Production Company

Synopsis

Smart, funny, sickly and sometimes just plain unconscious, Mark Renton is a hero of our times. Set in an underbelly of Edinburgh the city fathers never dreamed of, this is the story of Mark and his so-called friends--a bunch of losers, liars, psychos, thieves and junkies. This tragi-comedy charts the disintegration of their friendship as they proceed, seemingly inevitably, towards self-destruction. Mark alone has the insight and opportunity to escape his fate--but does he really want to "choose life"? On and off heroin, he continually weighs the pros and cons of straight living: "car, career, family, fucking big television, washing machines, compact disc players, electrical tin openers, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, starter home, leisurewear, and a choice of sweaters..." When he breaks it all down, choosing life doesn't seem all that promising and he's off to the next scheme and score.

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