Trainspotting (1996)

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Continuity mistake: When Renton goes home with Diane, after they finish having sex, she tells him to get out and leave the room. As Renton sits up, it's very obvious that he's not wearing any protection. Not thirty seconds later, he peels off his condom in the hallway.

Continuity mistake: When the boys are in the hotel room setting up the heroin deal, there is a sink but no mirror above it. Then when Renton steals the money from them, he goes to the same sink and switches a light on above the mirror - neither of which was there before.

Continuity mistake: When Renton visits the Mother Superior and overdoses, we see him remove his belt to use as a tourniquet. He sinks into the floor and Swanney drags him out to a taxi. When Swanney drags him into the taxi however, you can see Renton's belt around his waist. Why would Swanney go to the trouble to put Renton's belt back on if he didn't even put his coat on for him?

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene where Spud and Renton are being chased by the security guards, Renton throws a red brochure away. A shot later it disappears, and reappears in the one that follows.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening scene where Spud and Renton are running from the security guards, the shot changes to behind them and there is a crowd of shoppers about 20 - 30 yards in front of them. The shot then changes back to the front as they continue running, but they never seem to reach the crowd in front of them.

Continuity mistake: The opium suppositories dealer's legs change position between shots when he lays on the bed.

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Continuity mistake: When Sick Boy is injecting Alison (near the beginning, they're talking about which Bond films are better), Swanney bites Sick Boy's nose. The shot changes and he's doing it again - it's too quick to have done it twice.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where sick boy and Renton are in the park with the bb gun, Renton at some point tracks some runners with his binoculars. He has to move his binoculars drastically to keep up with them, but when you see his front, he's barely moved them at all. They don't do this with sick boy.

Continuity mistake: In the first scene of the hotel room where the big heroin deal is going down, there is no mirror over the sink. In the future scenes in the same room, the mirror magically appears over the sink, notably when Ren gets a drink right before leaving at the end.

Continuity mistake: When Renton is dragged out of the taxi by his feet at the hospital in a drug induced coma, although unconscious, he manages to avoid his head hitting the ground.

Continuity mistake: When the movie begins, the guy with the dyed hair helps Alison inject her dose. Two bits of hair appear and disappear around her ear depending on the angle of the shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Spud wakes up to find some, er, "stuff" in his girlfriend's bed, he goes downstairs to where girlfriend's family is eating breakfast. The camera from behind the mother shows her eating a forkful of food, then an instant later (not even a second later!) from beside Spud it shows her eating the food again.

Factual error: When the policemen enter the hotel room to arrest Begbie, who is trashing the place, they are wearing Scottish-style flat check-band police caps. But this scene is set in London, and in the early 1980s (when the film and book are set) the Metropolitan police all wore the famous 'bobby' tall black helmets.

Mark "Rent-boy" Renton: Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?

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Question: I've seen this movie over 100 times and I know every single word, but when I watched it a few days ago on Netflix I noticed straight away that the talking sounded completely different and some words where changed, in the cold turkey scene Renton was supposed to say "i don't feel the sickness yet but it's in the POST, that's for sure", but on the Netflix version he says "I don't feel the sickness yet but its in the MAIL, that's for sure", why was this changed and did all the actors have to re-do the whole film in audio?

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Chosen answer: I can only assume it would have been done for the benefit of international audiences. To Brits, 'post' is commonly used as a noun describing any item received that was posted in the mail system, rather than just as a verb to describe the act of sending something in the mail. Typical small changes of word meanings that makes perfect sense to someone in Britain may easily confuse a viewer from another country.


Is this for real they don't think people are smart enough to know the post is the mail? Like we have post offices it's not like it's so far out there we couldn't figure it out my god.

Bear in mind "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was retitled entirely to "Sorcerer's Stone" in the USA. Movie studios are desperate to avoid audiences being confused, whether that's warranted or not.

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