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Trainspotting

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United Kingdom

1996

Rated R • 1h 34m

Director Danny Boyle

Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle

Genre Drama, Crime

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Mark Renton is completely enmeshed in the Edinburgh drug scene; his friends are junkies, and the one friend who hasn't tried heroin yet is very curious. So when he decides to kick his habit and go clean, it affects all his relationships. Can he make it out, without heroin in his life at all?

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Newsweek by

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.
70

TV Guide Magazine by Frank Lovece

Captures the way drug addiction gives structure and purpose to aimless lives, and evokes the breathtaking rapture of a fix. All this and a happy ending, too.
75

Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

It uses a colorful vocabulary, it contains a lot of energy, it elevates its miserable heroes to the status of icons (in their own eyes, that is).

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