Trainspotting (1996)

Choose life.

  • Genre: Drama, Crime
  • Release Date: 1996-02-23
  • User Rating: 7.971/10 from 8620 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 34min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Channel Four Films
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Danny Boyle
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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 McGregor

    as Mark "Rent Boy" Renton
  • Ewen Bremner

    as Daniel "Spud" Murphy
  • Jonny Lee Miller

    as Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson
  • Robert Carlyle

    as Francis "Franco" Begbie
  • Kelly Macdonald

    as Diane Coulston
  • Kevin McKidd

    as Thomas "Tommy" MacKenzie
  • Peter Mullan

    as Swanney "Mother Superior"
  • James Cosmo

    as Mr. Renton
  • Eileen Nicholas

    as Mrs. Renton
  • Susan Vidler

    as Allison
  • Pauline Lynch

    as Lizzy
  • Shirley Henderson

    as Gail Houston
  • Stuart McQuarrie

    as Gavin Temperley
  • Keith Allen

    as Dealer
  • Kevin Allen

    as Andreas
  • Irvine Welsh

    as Mikey Forrester
  • Eddie Nestor

    as Estate Agent
  • Annie Louise Ross

    as Gail's Mother
  • Billy Riddoch

    as Gail's Father
  • Dale Winton

    as Game Show Host
  • Hugh Ross

    as Man
  • Victor Eadie

    as Man 2
  • Kate Donnelly

    as Woman
  • Fiona Bell

    as Diane's Mother
Camera Brian Tufano Director of Photography
Directing Danny Boyle Director
Production Andrew Macdonald Producer
Production Gail Stevens Casting
Writing Irvine Welsh Author
Writing John Hodge Screenplay
Editing Masahiro Hirakubo Editor
Production Andy Pryor Casting
Art Kave Quinn Production Design
Art Tracey Gallacher Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Robert McCann Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Robert McCann Hairstylist
Production Lesley Stewart Production Manager
Directing David Gilchrist First Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Rachael Fleming Costume Design
Sound James Boyle Assistant Sound Editor
Crew David Aukin Thanks
Lighting Mark Ritchie Best Boy Electric
Costume & Make-Up Stephen Noble Wardrobe Supervisor
Sound Jonathan Miller Sound Effects Editor
Camera Mike Valentine Underwater Camera
Camera Lewis Buchan Clapper Loader
Camera Liam Longman Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Graham Johnston Makeup Designer
Crew Michael Queen Floor Runner
Costume & Make-Up Penny Crawford Set Dressing Artist
Camera Bob Shipsey Focus Puller
Crew Stuart Clarke Scenic Artist
Sound Colin Nicolson Sound Recordist
Camera Neil Davidson Camera Trainee
Art Mat Bergel Dressing Prop
Production Andrew Bainbridge Location Manager
Camera Adrian McCarthy Grip
Sound Richard Fettes Dialogue Editor
Crew Eric Smith Driver
Crew Scott Cowan Utility Stunts
Art Irene Harris Art Department Assistant
Art Niki Longmuir Assistant Art Director
Art Paul Curren Painter
Art Stewart Cunningham Standby Painter
Camera Simon Bray Steadicam Operator
Crew Brian Adams Carpenter
Crew William Adams Security
Directing Anne Coulter Script Supervisor
Lighting Arthur Donnelly Electrician
Lighting Willie Cadden Gaffer
Production Jenifer Booth Production Accountant
Production Shellie Smith Production Coordinator
Sound Tony Cook Boom Operator
Directing Ben Johnson Third Assistant Director
Art Stephen Wong Art Department Trainee
Directing Claire Hughes Second Assistant Director
Editing Denton Brown Assistant Editor
Production Charlie Hiscott Location Assistant
Sound Allen Dam Music Consultant
Crew John Duncan Generator Operator
Production Kirstin McDougall Production Runner