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25,163 Ratings


Directed by Danny Boyle
United Kingdom, 1996
Drama, Crime, Cult
  • English
  • Turkish


With an unforgettable soundtrack, Irvine Welsh’s cult 1993 novel of the same name comes to life in this colorful portrait of a group of junkies in the 1980s in Edinburgh, as one of the them, Mark Renton, struggles to get clean and get out of Scotland.

Our take

It took off like a rocket: from the opening bang of Iggy Pop and Ewan McGregor’s monologue, it was like a door was kicked in. Funny, terrifying, spasming with a musical energy that never subsides, this stylized plunge through drug culture is a signal 90s hit, launching both McGregor and Danny Boyle.

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Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1997 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Independent Spirit Awards

1997 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

National Board of Review

1996 | Winner: Top Ten Films

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