Trainspotting

Trainspotting (1996)

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Trainspotting is the tale of Scottish heroin junkies and their lives in Edinburgh. The motley crew of addicts (Mark Renton, Spud, Alison), an unhinged man whose drug is hurting people (Begbie) and the clean ones, (Tommy, Gail, Lizzy). Mark makes a decision to quit heroin and is joined by his friends (one of which just comes off it to prove to Mark he can do it easier than he can). While off the skag, the friends go through numerous unfavourable events, prompting them to resume their addiction, but a tragic turn of events makes Mark resolve to leave his old life behind and go to work in London. He soon finds out that he can't always leave his past behind that easily.

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.

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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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Trivia: Ewen Bremner, who plays Spud, performed in the production of "Trainspotting" as Renton for a year before landing the role of Spud in the film.

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