DVD 94 mins IMDB 8.0 (64,578 votes) top 250: #182
Trainspotting - 2 Disc Special Edition
Miramax (1996)
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Ewan McGregor Mark Renton
Ewen Bremner Spud
Jonny Lee Miller Sick Boy
Kevin McKidd Tommy
Robert Carlyle Francis Begbie
Kelly MacDonald Diane
Eileen Nicholas Mrs Renton
Billy Riddoch Gail's Father
Eddie Nestor Estate Agent
Peter Mullan Swanney
James Cosmo Mr. Renton
Susan Vidler Allison
Pauline Lynch Lizzy
Shirley Henderson Gail
Stuart McQuarrie Gavin/US Tourist
Irvine Welsh Mikey Forrester
Dale Winton Game Show Host

Director Danny Boyle
Producer Andrew Macdonald
Writer Irvine Welsh; John Hodge
Cinematography Brian Tufano
Musician Damon Albarn
User Credit 1 Masahiro Hirakubo
User Credit 2 Rachael Fleming

Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with few prospects and fewer ambitions, lives in economically depressed Edinburgh. Like most of his friends, Renton is a heroin addict who loves the drug's blissful nothingness; financing his habit also provides excitement and challenges that his life otherwise lacks. Renton's two best friends are also junkies: Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), a snappy dresser obsessed with James Bond, and Spud (Ewan Bremner), a guileless nerd who suggests Pee Wee Herman's debauched cousin. Renton and his pals also hang out with Begbie (Robert Carlyle), a borderline psychotic who loathes junkies even though he drinks like a fish. After one too many brushes with the law, Renton kicks heroin and moves to London, where he finds a job, a flat, and something close to peace of mind. However, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Spud all arrive at his doorstep on the trail of a big score, leading Renton back into drugs and crime. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 786936237658
Region Region 1
Release Date 6/1/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 1: 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
Personal Details
Purchase Date 4/17/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Graphic heroin use and resulting depravity, strong language, sex, nudity and some violence.
User Text 2 Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a starter home. Choose dental insurance, leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose your future. But why would anyone want to do a thing like that?
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Trivia: For its American release, the first 20 minutes had to be re-dubbed to make the Scottish accents more intelligible. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: The pants Renton is wearing when he's about to have sex with Diane, are not the same as he wears the morning after, following her to school. (more)

Quotes: Mark "Rent-boy" Renton: We called him Mother Superior on account of the length of his habit. (more)

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins & 13 nominations (more)