Heroin addict Mark Renton stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends -- Sick Boy, Begbie, Spud and Tommy. He also has an underage girlfriend, Diane, along for the ride. After cleaning up and moving from Edinburgh to London, Mark finds he can't escape the life he left behind when Begbie shows up at his front door on the lam, and a scheming Sick Boy follows.

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    • Ewan McGregorMark "Rent Boy" Renton
    • Ewen BremnerDaniel "Spud" Murphy
    • Jonny Lee MillerSimon "Sick Boy" Williamson
    • Kevin McKiddThomas "Tommy" MacKenzie
    • Robert CarlyleFrancis "Franco" Begbie
    • Kelly MacdonaldDiane Coulston
    • Peter MullanSwanney "Mother Superior"
    • James CosmoMr. Renton
    • Eileen NicholasMrs. Renton
    • Susan VidlerAllison


    • 100

      Entertainment Weekly

      It would be hard to imagine a movie about drugs, depravity, and all-around bad behavior more electrifying than Trainspotting.
    • 100

      Keeps you engaged in this story of a memorable anti-hero for our times.
    • 100

      Chicago Tribune

      Heroin may be a downer, but Trainspotting definitely takes you up…a series of roaring, provocative, outrageous highs. [26 July 1996, Friday, p.C]
    • 90

      TNT RoughCut

      Irresistibly bleak appeal.
    • 87

      Mr. Showbiz

      It's a disturbing film in the best sense.
    • 80

      Ewan McGregor in a raw, funny, star-making performance.
    • 80

      Chicago Reader

      A must-see.
    • 80


      Artfully ambivalent, Danny Boyle's film, twists with a junkie's logic. It does not preach; it wallows in the pain and, more daringly, in the pleasure.

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