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The Acid House (1998)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 1 January 1999 (UK)
Three twisted tales of abuse, drugs, displaced personalities, and insect life by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh.

Director:

Paul McGuigan

Writers:

Irvine Welsh (screenplay), Irvine Welsh (stories)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen McCole ... Boab (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Maurice Roëves ... God (segment "The Granton Star Cause") / Drunk (segment "A Soft Touch") / Priest (segment "The Acid House")
Garry Sweeney ... Kev (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Jenny McCrindle Jenny McCrindle ... Evelyn (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Simon Weir ... Tambo (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Iain Andrew Iain Andrew ... Grant (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Irvine Welsh ... Parkie (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Pat Stanton Pat Stanton ... Barman (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Alex Howden Alex Howden ... Boab Snr (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Annie Louise Ross Annie Louise Ross ... Doreen (segment "The Granton Star Cause") (as Ann Louise Ross)
Dennis O'Connor Dennis O'Connor ... PC Cochrane (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
John Gardner John Gardner ... Sgt. Morrison (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
William Blair William Blair ... Workmate ("The Granton Star Case") / Deck ("A Soft Touch")
Gary McCormack Gary McCormack ... Workmate (segment "The Granton Star Cause") / Larry (segment "A Soft Touch")
Malcolm Shields ... Workmate (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
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Storyline

Three twisted tales from the seamy side of Scotland and the mind of Irvine Welsh. The Granton Star Cause: All in one day a young Leith lad is dumped by his football team, his girlfriend. and his parents; arrested and beaten up by the police; and turned into a fly by God, whom he meets in a pub. The Soft Touch: A man is too soft to do anything when his wife moves in with the thug upstairs. The Acid House: While tripping on acid, Coco Bryce is struck by lightning, which makes him switch bodies with a newborn baby. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@bigpond.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Acid House See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£42,751 (United Kingdom), 3 January 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,459, 8 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$142,783, 5 December 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sean Connery was originally offered the role of God but declined. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Morrison: So, what's been happening tonight, Brian?
PC Cochrane: Well, there's the rapist, the guy that stabbed the boy in the shopping centre, and this comedian down here.
Sgt. Morrison: Well, I've had a wee word with our rapist. Seems a nice enough young fellow. Tells us the whore was askin' for it. It's the way of the world, Brian. As for the guy that stabbed the boy - well, silly wee bugger, but... boys will be boys. What's the story with this tube-steak?
PC Cochrane: Caught him smashing up a telephone box.
Sgt. Morrison: [disgusted] Tsk tsk.
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Connections

References From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) See more »

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Break
Written by McLynden, Lyons, McLyndon
Performed by The Gyres
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Instant Review: Great, Brilliant, Oh God make it stop.
6 March 2005 | by juliankennedy23See all my reviews

The Acid House: 8/10: A collection of three films strung together with wildly different results.

The first film (The Granton Star Cause 8/10) is a pleasant surprise and high comedy. It is a take on Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis mixed with God, elderly S and M, and a football team. Outrageous and funny it is great black comedy involving a bloke named Boab who is having a very bad day indeed. And as God lovingly points out it is his own lazy incompetence that is basically responsible for his troubles.

The second film (The Soft Touch 10/10) is a top-notch drama that, for me at least, hit close to home. Kevin McKidd portrays a get along cuckolded husband with perfection while Gary McCormick, as Larry is stunning as the upstairs neighbor. American audiences are not used to seeing their protagonists pushed this far without pushing back but to this ear it rang realistic and very sadly true. The third film

(The Acid House 2/10) is a very overlong train wreck that may have worked on paper but fails miserably in film. It includes such Trainspotting regulars as that horrible mechanical baby (Like a demented Chucky) and brainless Coco who amuses for about five minutes before becoming tiresome. Add horrendous dialog, endless poop jokes and an acid trip left over from a Peter Fonda film and you have one great mess. As a five-minute bit it could have worked but time seems to stand still while it drags its bloated carcass on the screen.

God (who appears in all 3 segments wonderfully played by Maurice Roeves) may seem vengeful in the first film and carelessly sadistic in the second, but this viewer was praying to him during the third segment to make the pain go away.


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