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The Flying Scotsman (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 29 June 2007 (UK)
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The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.

Director:

Douglas Mackinnon
7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Graeme Obree
Sean Brown ... Young Graeme Obree
Joseph Carney Joseph Carney ... Child Gang Leader
Crawford McInally-Kier Crawford McInally-Kier ... First Child Bully
Jan Plazalski Jan Plazalski ... Second Child Bully
Niall Macgregor Niall Macgregor ... Graeme's Father
Julie Austin Julie Austin ... Graeme's Mother
Morag Calder Morag Calder ... First Office Receptionist
Billy Boyd ... Malky
Laura Fraser ... Anne Obree
Jean Marie Coffey Jean Marie Coffey ... Woman at Finish Line
Christopher Anderson Christopher Anderson ... Baby Ewan
Brian Cox ... Douglas Baxter
Ron Donachie ... Scobie
Morven Christie ... Katie
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Storyline

The Flying Scotsman is a feature film based on the remarkable true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree. In 1993, and as an unemployed amateur, Obree broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own revolutionary design, which he constructed out of scrap metal and parts of a washing machine. Written by Sharon Howat

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you loved THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN you'll love THE FLYING SCOTSMAN See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements and strong language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El escocés volador See more »

Filming Locations:

Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£60,754 (United Kingdom), 1 July 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,337, 6 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$136,074, 20 May 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

David Tennant was cast in this film but had to drop out because of changed dates. See more »

Goofs

In March 2010, Graeme Obree was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame to honor his achievements as one of Scotland's greatest cyclists (reported in the Daily Record of 16th March 2010). Although born in England, he has spent most of his life in Scotland, currently lives there and has a Scottish accent, therefore he is Scottish. See more »

Quotes

Anne Obree: [Graeme is stretching] No you're bum does not look big in those cycling shorts
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Connections

Referenced in Passione: Episode #1.1 (2010) See more »

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A good old fashioned sports movie.
19 September 2007 | by TheEmulator23See all my reviews

This was a film I knew nothing about, and a sport I know pretty much nothing about. Saying that I do love sports of all kinds, so I am probably biased. I also like when sports movies are told well, because most of them are not. The only reason this film wasn't a huge hit is because I don't think there is a lot of big bicycle racing movie fans out there. Do I hope this gets a good run on DVD, absolutely. Will very many people pick up a movie (particularly in the U.S.) about a Scottish man racing bicycles, almost definitely not. I thought that even though the story was very straight forward, it was very well written, competently directed, and excellently acted. If this was acted by any other lesser actors, this film would have just been another sports movie. If not for the very underrated and quite unknown Jonny Lee Miller starring in the title role I doubt this would have been worth watching at all. Just as "Seabiscuit" made the world love horse racing, hopefully so will this get some well deserved attention. Give it a try if you are looking for a good old fashioned sports flick.


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