Trainspotting (1996)

Directed by
Danny Boyle

Smart, funny, sickly and sometimes just plain unconscious, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor, pictured) is a hero for our times.

Set in an underbelly of Edinburgh the city fathers never dreamt of, Trainspotting is the story of Mark and his so-called friends - a bunch of losers, liars, psychos, thieves and junkies, played by Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Kevin McKidd.

Hilarious but harrowing, the film, based on Irvine Welsh's controversial novel, 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 then again, does he really want to "choose life"?

Written by ,

Also known as "Ferrovipathes"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 110 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1996

4/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour

When is Trainspotting next on TV?

It's next showing on Channel 4 January 22nd, 10:05pm and on Channel 4 Plus 1 January 22nd, 11:05pm. See more...


Image for Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor...Renton
Image for Ewen BremnerEwen Bremner...Spud
Image for Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller...Sick Boy
Image for Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd...Tommy
Image for Robert CarlyleRobert Carlyle...Begbie
Image for Kelly MacdonaldKelly Macdonald...Diane
Peter Mullan...Swanney
Image for James CosmoJames Cosmo...Mr. Renton
Eileen Nicholas...Mrs. Renton
Susan Vidler...Allison
Pauline Lynch...Lizzy
Shirley Henderson...Gail
Stuart McQuarrie...Gavin/US Tourist
Irvine Welsh...Mikey Forrester
Image for Dale WintonDale Winton...Game Show Host