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 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.


26-year-old Mark Renton is an unemployed heroin addict living with his parents in the suburbs of Edinburgh, Scotland. He regularly partakes in drug use with his friends: Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson, a treacherous, womanising James Bond fanatic; Daniel "Spud" Murphy, an outwardly docile confidence trickster; and Swanney, "Mother Superior", their dealer. Renton is warned about the dangers of his drug habit by his other friends, Francis "Franco" Begbie, an aggressive psychopath, and Tommy Mackenzie, a footballer, who both abstain from drugs. Growing tired of his reckless lifestyle, Renton attempts to wean himself off heroin with opium suppositories given by dealer Mikey Forrester. At a nightclub, Renton notices that his cessation of heroin use has increased his libido. He woos a girl named Diane Coulston and they have sex in the apartment owned by her parents, but is horrified to learn that she is below the age of consent. Diane uses this as a threat against Renton to continue their relationship.


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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
    genre comedy-drama crime
    keywords addict age of consent armed robbery arrest bag of money buy cold turkey confidence trick discover 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 letting agent libido lose mark renton mother superior new life opium overdose relapse run safe deposit box shoplift sick boy suppository toxoplasmosis unemployed 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