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With its hallucinatory visions of crawling dead babies and a grungy plunge into the filthiest toilet in Scotland, you might not think Trainspotting could have been one of the best movies of 1996, but Danny Boyle's film about unrepentant heroin addicts in Edinburgh is all that and more. That doesn't make it everybody's cup of tea (so unsuspecting viewers beware), but the film's blend of hyperkinetic humor and real-life horror is constantly fascinating, and the entire cast (led by Ewan McGregor and Full Monty star Robert Carlyle) bursts off of the screen in a supernova of outrageous energy. Adapted by John Hodge from the acclaimed novel by Irving Welsh, the film was a phenomenal hit in England, Scotland, and (to a lesser extent) the U.S. For all of its comedic vitality and invigorating filmmaking, the movie is no ode to heroin, nor is it a straight-laced cautionary tale. Trainspotting is just a very honest and well-made film about the nature of addiction, and it doesn't pull any punches when it is time to show the alternating pleasure and pain of substance abuse. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Ewan McGregorRenton
Ewen BremmerSpud
Jonny Lee MillerSick Boy
Kevin McKiddTommy
Robert CarlyleBegbie
Kelly MacdonaldDiane
Peter MullanSwanney
James CosmoMr. Renton
Eileen NicholasMrs. Renton
Susan VidlerAllison
Pauline LynchLizzy
Shirley HendersonGail
Stuart McQuarrieGavin / US Tourist
Irvine WelshMikey Forrester
Dale WintonGame Show Host
Keith AllenDealer
Kevin AllenAndreas
Annie Louise RossGail's Mother (as Ann-Lousie Ross)
Billy RiddochGail's Father
Fiona BellDiane's Mother
Vincent FriellDiane's Father
Hugh RossMan
Victor EadieMan
Kate DonnellyWoman
Finlay WelshSheriff
Eddie NestorEstate Agent
Tom DelmarPub Heavy (uncredited)
Rachael FlemingRenton's Nurse (uncredited)
John HodgeStore Security Officer (plain clothes) (uncredited)
Andrew MacdonaldFlat Buyer (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 94 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 19, 1996
    EuropeFeb 23, 1996
    JapanNov 30, 1996
    AustraliaMay 23, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-18
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 13, 2001
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 6, 2003
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