• Trainspotting (1996)


Release Date: July 19th, 1996

DVD Release Date: March 25th, 1998

R |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

Heroin addict Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends -- Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Tommy (Kevin McKidd). He also has an underage girlfriend, Diane (Kelly Macdonald), along for the ride. After cleaning up and moving from Edinburgh to London, Mark finds he can't escape the life he left behind when Begbie shows up at his front door on the lam, and a scheming Sick Boy follows.

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, Peter Mullan, James Cosmo

Director: Danny Boyle

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Figment Films, Noel Gay Motion Picture Company, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: Fall , Friendship , Friend , Death , Transformation , London , Hotel , Girlfriend , 1980s , Dark , Gritty , Temptation , Amusing ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    San Francisco Examiner

    Extraordinary, entertaining cinema. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Heroin may be a downer, but Trainspotting definitely takes you up…a series of roaring, provocative, outrageous highs. [26 July 1996, Friday, p.C]

  • 87
    F. X. FeeneyMr. Showbiz

    It's a disturbing film in the best sense. show more

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Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)