Trainspotting


1h 34m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Smart, funny, sickly and sometimes just plain unconscious, Mark Renton is a hero of our times. Set in an underbelly of Edinburgh the city fathers never dreamed of, this is the story of Mark and his so-called friends--a bunch of losers, liars, psychos, thieves and junkies. This tragi-comedy charts th

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Cineimage; Film Finances, Inc.; Film4 Productions; Filmfour International; Mcdonald & Rutter; Midnight Transfer; Rank Film Laboratory; Reel Food Productions; Salon Productions, Ltd.; Sound Design Company
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/MIRAMAX; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; Buena Vista International; Filmladen Gmbh; MIRAMAX; Medusa Film; Miramax Home Entertainment; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; PathT International; Polygram Filmed Entertainment; Prokino Filmverleih Gmbh; Sogepaq S.A.; United International Pictures
Location
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Synopsis

Smart, funny, sickly and sometimes just plain unconscious, Mark Renton is a hero of our times. Set in an underbelly of Edinburgh the city fathers never dreamed of, this is the story of Mark and his so-called friends--a bunch of losers, liars, psychos, thieves and junkies. This tragi-comedy charts the disintegration of their friendship as they proceed, seemingly inevitably, towards self-destruction. Mark alone has the insight and opportunity to escape his fate--but does he really want to "choose life"? On and off heroin, he continually weighs the pros and cons of straight living: "car, career, family, fucking big television, washing machines, compact disc players, electrical tin openers, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, starter home, leisurewear, and a choice of sweaters..." When he breaks it all down, choosing life doesn't seem all that promising and he's off to the next scheme and score.

Crew

Brian Adams

Carpenter

Willie Adams

Security

Damon Albarn

Song ("Sing"), Song ("Closet Romantic")

Damon Albarn

Song Performer

David Aukin

Special Thanks

Andrew Bainbridge

Location Manager-London

Allan Bell

Caterer

Mat Bergel

Dressing Props

Jonathan Berger

Production Solicitor

Georges Bizet

Composer ("Carmen - Habanera")

Jenifer Booth

Production Accountant

David Bowie

Song ("Lust For Life")

Michelle Bowker

Props Trainee

Simon Bray

Steadicam Operator

Ewen Bremner

Song Performer ("Two Little Boys")

Denion Brown

Assistant Editor

David Bryce

Special Thanks

Lewis Buchan

Other

Willie Cadden

Gaffer

Martin Cantwell

Footsteps Editor

Jonathan Channon

Special Thanks

Stuart Clarke

Scenic Artist

Frances Connell

Other

Tony Cook

Boom Operator

Anne Coulter

Script Supervisor

Fiona Cowan

Caterer

Guy Cowan

Caterer

Graham Coxon

Song ("Sing")

Penny Crawford

Set Dresser

Stewart Cunningham

Standby Props

Paul Curren

Other

Neil Davidson

Camera Trainee

Tom Delmar

Stunt Performer

Mishcon Dereya

Production Solicitor

Jimmy Destri

Song ("Atomic")

Nrinder Dhudwar

Stunt Performer

Carol Anne Docherty

Special Thanks

Eamon Doherty

Special Technical Advisor

Eamon Dohety

Special Thanks

Arthur Donnelly

Electrician

John Donnelly

Stagehand

Jimmy Dorigan

Electrician

Jackie Douglas

Caterer

Martin Duffy

Song ("Trainspotting")

John Duncan

Other

James Dunsmuir

Security

Brian Eno

Song

Brian Eno

Song Performer ("Deep Blue Day")

Roger Eno

Song ("Deep Blue Day")

Richard Fenes

Dialogue Editor

Richard Findlay

Special Thanks

Gordon Fitzgerald

Props Master

Rachael Fleming

Costume Designer

Terry Forrestral

Stunt Arranger

Colin H Fraser

Construction Manager

Derek Fraser

Construction Chargehand

Tracey Gallacher

Art Director

Sara Geater

Special Thanks

Robert Gee

Other

Gillian Gilbert

Song ("Temptation")

David Gilchrist

1st Assistant Director

Bobby Gillespie

Song ("Trainspotting")

Isabel Graham

Caterer

Glen Gregory

Song ("Temptation")

Richard Hammatt

Stunt Performer

Irene Harris

Art Department Assistant

Deborah Harry

Song ("Atomic")

Richard Hassall

Carpenter

Paul Heasman

Stunt Performer

Masa Hirakubo

Editor

Charlie Hiscott

Location Assistant-London

John Hodge

Screenwriter

Peter Hook

Song ("Temptation")

Robert How

Location Manager

Claire Hughes

2nd Assistant Director

Karl Hyde

Song ("Born Slippy (Nuxx)")

Andrew Innes

Song ("Trainspotting")

Andy Irvine

Caterer

Nicole Jacob

Special Thanks

Alex James

Song ("Sing")

Piero Jamieson

Dressing Props

Ben Johnson

3rd Assistant Director

Graham Johnston

Makeup Design

Jean Kerr

Other

Jim Kerr

Underwater Camera Assistant

Scott Kerry

Standby Props

Peter Knotts

Carpenter

Daniel Lanois

Song ("Deep Blue Day")

Gabor Lehotka

Song Performer ("Hertzlich Tut Mich Verlangan")

Paterson Lindsay

Other

Liam Longman

Still Photographer

Niki Longmuir

Assistant Art Director

Lee Lighting Ltd

Lighting Equipment (Scotland)

Tom Lucy

Stunt Performer

Andrew Macdonald

Producer

William Mackinnon

Security

Archie Macpherson

Special Thanks

Edward Madden

Song ("Two Little Boys")

Ian Craig Marsh

Song ("Temptation")

Grant Mason

Special Visual Effects

Donna Lorraine Matthews

Song ("2.1")

Robert Mccann

Hair

Robert Mccann

Makeup

Adrian Mccarthy

Grip

Kristin Mcdougall

Production Runnner

Dennis Mcfadden

Security

Paul Mcnamara

Props Trainee

John Mcveigh

Caterer

Ray Merrin

Re-Recording Mixer

Saul Metzstein

Location Assistant

Ian Miller

Security

Jonathan Miller

Sound Effects Editor

Stephen Morris

Song ("Temptation")

Theodore Morse

Song ("Two Little Boys")

Colin Nicolson

Sound Recordist

Steven Noble

Wardrobe Supervisor

James Patrick

Other

Alan Payne

Art Department Runner

Andreas Petrides

Stunt Performer

Iggy Pop

Song Performer ("Lust For Life")

Iggy Pop

Song

Andy Pryor

Casting

Michael Queen

Floor Runner

Aidan Quinn

Production Assistant

Aidan Quinn

Floor Runner

Kave Quinn

Production Designer

Lou Reed

Song ("Perfect Day")

Lou Reed

Song Performer

Allon Reich

Special Thanks

Mark Ritchie

Best Boy

Jill Robertson

Assistant (To Producer)

Miguel Rosenberg-sapochnik

Art Department Runner

Bert Ross

Standby Carpenter

Dave Rowntree

Song

Robbie Ryan

Other

Miguel Sapochnik

Production Assistant

Brian Saunders

Re-Recording Mixer

Kay Sheridan

Special Thanks

Robert Shipsey

Other

Eric Smith

Camera Car Driver

Rick Smith

Song ("Born Slippy (Nuxx)")

Shellie Smith

Production Coordinator

Tony Steers

Special Visual Effects

Gail Stevens

Casting

David Steward

Animal Handler

Lesley Stewart

Production Manager

Lorna J Stewart

Art Department Assistant

Bernard Summer

Song ("Temptation")

Mark Taylor

Re-Recording Mixer

Gregor Telfer

Props Driver

Noel Thompson

Sound Maintenance Engineer

Brian Tufano

Director Of Photography

Mike Valentine

Underwater Cameraman

Martyn Ware

Song ("Temptation")

John Watt

Carpenter

Irvine Welsh

Source Material (From Novel)

Neil Williams

Assistant Editor

Rab Wilson

Editing Trainee

Stephen Wong

Art Department Trainee

Robert Young

Song ("Trainspotting")

Roberto Zanetti

Song ("Think About The Way (Bom Digi Digi Bom...)")

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Cineimage; Film Finances, Inc.; Film4 Productions; Filmfour International; Mcdonald & Rutter; Midnight Transfer; Rank Film Laboratory; Reel Food Productions; Salon Productions, Ltd.; Sound Design Company
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE RELEASING/MIRAMAX; Alliance Releasing; Alliance Releasing; Buena Vista International; Filmladen Gmbh; MIRAMAX; Medusa Film; Miramax Home Entertainment; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; PathT International; Polygram Filmed Entertainment; Prokino Filmverleih Gmbh; Sogepaq S.A.; United International Pictures
Location
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Award Nominations

Best Adapted Screenplay

1996

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Wide release in United Kingdom March 8, 1996.

Released in United States Summer July 19, 1996

Expanded Release in United States July 26, 1996

Expanded Release in United States August 2, 1996

Released in United States on Video February 11, 1997

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 16 - June 9, 1996.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (British Film Festival) October 31 - November 8, 1998.)

Winner of the biennial British Academy of Film and Television Arts' 1996-1997 BAFTA Scotland Awards for best film and best actor (Ewan McGregor).

Released in United States Summer July 19, 1996

Expanded Release in United States July 26, 1996

Expanded Release in United States August 2, 1996

Released in United States on Video February 11, 1997

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States 1998

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 16 - June 9, 1996.

Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (British Film Festival) October 31 - November 8, 1998.

Irvine Welsh's novel "Trainspotting" was first published in the United Kingdom in 1993. The novel became a cult hit and inspired a successful stage play on the West End and elsewhere.

Miramax Films received Variety-EDI's Reel Award for "Trainspotting", the highest-grossing film in limited release in the U.S. theatrical market in 1996.

Began shooting May 22, 1995.

Completed shooting July 11, 1995.

Limited release in United Kingdom February 23, 1996.

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Film from the Boston Society of Film Critics.