"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.