Trainspotting is a 1996 British black comedy-drama film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald in her film debut. Based on the 1993 novel of the same title by Irvine Welsh, the film was released in the United Kingdom on 23 February 1996.


Mark Renton, a 26-year-old unemployed heroin addict, lives with his parents in the Edinburgh ward of Leith and regularly takes drugs with his "friends": treacherous, womanising James Bond fanatic Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson; docile and bumbling Daniel "Spud" Murphy; and Swanney—"Mother Superior"—their dealer. Renton's other friends, aggressive, alcoholic psychopath Francis "Franco" Begbie and honest footballer and recreational speed user Tommy Mackenzie, who both abstain from heroin, warn him about his dangerous drug habit. Growing tired of his reckless lifestyle, Renton attempts to wean himself off heroin with a bare room, foodstuffs, and opium suppositories from ill-reputed dealer Mikey Forrester. He develops diarrhoea and has to relieve himself in the disgusting toilet of a betting shop, then imagines himself swimming in the filthy water as he retrieves the suppositories.


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    award BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Bodil Award for Best Non-American Film Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film Golden Space Needle London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Edinburgh London Scotland
    director Danny Boyle
    editor Masahiro Hirakubo
    events heroin non-controlled substance abuse relationship termination youth subculture
    genre comedy-drama crime
    keywords addict age of consent air gun amphetamine armed robbery arrest bag of money bet betting shop blackmail bumble buy ceiling cold turkey discover disgust drug dealer drug habit drug overdose drug rehabilitation drug use dump heroin addict hiv/aids hmp saughton horrify hotel room illegal drug trade james bond job interview leith letting agent libido lose mark renton meet methadone morning new life night out opium overdose pimp relapse sex tape shoplift sick boy statutory rape steal suppository swim the volcano nightclub toxoplasmosis unemployed volcano want
    musicBy Damon Albarn
    nomination Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best British Film Chlotrudis Award for Best Director Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Satellite Award for Best Film Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
    producer Andrew Macdonald
    productionCompany Channel Four Films Figment Films Noel Gay Motion Picture Company
    publisher PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
    recordedAt Calton Road Corrour railway station Edinburgh Firhill Stadium Glasgow Hanover Street Lloyd's building London Princes Street Tower 42 Waterloo Bridge Wellington Arch
    theme black comedy independent