- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 13, 2011
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Miramax Lionsgate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Making Of Trainspotting
- Trainspotting Retrospective
- Interviews with Filmmakers (Director Danny Boyle, Author Irvine Welsh, Producer Andrew MacDonald and Screenwriter (John Hodge)
- Behind The Needle ("Multi-Angle" Behind-The-Scenes Special)
- Cannes Film Festival Interviews
- Biographies: Cast and Crew
- Feature Commentary
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"We called him Mother Superior on account of the length of his habit."
- Renton (EWAN McGREGOR), about one of his dope-dealing friends.
"Choose life. Choose a job. Chose a career. Choose a family. Choose a... big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed- income mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends.... But why would I want to do a thing like that' I chose not to choose life: I chose something else. And the reasons' There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin'"
- Renton (EWAN McGREGOR)
"[Begbie] didn't do drugs, he did people."
- Renton (EWAN McGREGOR)
"You know Rents, for a vegetarian, you're a mean shot"
- Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller)
Rolling Stone - 06/13/1996
"...Electrifying....Harrowing and hilarious..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/1996
"...The lasting after-effect of watching TRAINSPOTTING is a sense of exhilaration..."
USA Today - 07/19/1996
"...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
Entertainment Weekly - 08/09/1996
"...Thrillingly squalid, scabrously funny..." -- Rating: A
Variety - 02/12/1996
"Scabrous, brutal and hip, TRAINSPOTTING is a CLOCKWORK ORANGE for the '90s....[The] performances are terrific at all levels..."
Film Comment - 07/01/1996
"...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..."
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.
Based On A Novel |
Black Comedy |
Drug Addiction |
Essential Cinema |
Family Crises |
Family Interaction |
Substance Abuse |
- 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.