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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, Rovi

  • Release date:July 19, 1996

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Hodge Best Adapted Screenplay 1996 Nominee

Cast

Ewan McGregor
as Mark Renton
Ewen Bremner
as Spud
Jonny Lee Miller
as Sick Boy
Kevin McKidd
as Tommy
Robert Carlyle
as Francis Begbie
Kelly MacDonald
as Diane
Peter Mullan
as Swanney
James Cosmo
as Mr Renton
Eileen Nicholas
as Mrs Renton
Susan Vidler
as Allison
Pauline Lynch
as Lizzy
Shirley Henderson
as Gail
Stuart McQuarrie
as Gavin/US Tourist
Irvine Welsh
as Mikey
Dale Winton
as Game Show Host
Keith Allen
as Dealer
Kevin Allen
as Andreas
Billy Riddoch
as Gail's Father
Fiona Bell
as Diane's Mother
Vincent Friell
as Diane's Father
Hugh Ross
as Man
Victor Eadie
as Man
Kate Donnelly
as Woman
Finlay Welsh
as Sheriff
Eddie Nestor
as Estate Agent
Andrew Macdonald
as Flat Buyer
James Cosmo
as Mr Renton
Hugh Ross
as Man
Eileen Nicholas
as Mrs Renton
Kate Donnelly
as Woman
Shirley Henderson
as Gail
Peter Mullan
as Swanney
Victor Eadie
as Man
Pauline Lynch
as Lizzy
Eddie Nestor
as Estate Agent
Finlay Welsh
as Sheriff
Keith Allen
as Dealer
Vincent Friell
as Diane's Father
Stuart McQuarrie
as Gavin/US Tourist
Fiona Bell
as Diane's Mother
Billy Riddoch
as Gail's Father
Irvine Welsh
as Mikey
Susan Vidler
as Allison
Kevin Allen
as Andreas
Dale Winton
as Game Show Host

Crew

Danny Boyle
Director
Andrew Macdonald
Producer
John Hodge
Screenwriter
Irvine Welsh
Book Author
Brian Tufano
Cinematographer
Masahiro Hirakubo
Editor
Kave Quinn
Production Designer
Rachael Fleming
Costume Designer
Ray Merrin
Sound/Sound Designer
Colin Nicolson
Sound/Sound Designer
David Gilchrist
First Assistant Director
Gail Stevens
Casting
Andy Pryor
Casting
Robert McCann
Makeup
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