April 18, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

Trainspotting

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/19/96
performer
Robert Carlyle, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller
director
Danny Boyle
distributor
Miramax
author
John Hodge
genre
Drama

Director Danny Boyle’s walk on the wild side, Trainspotting, kicked up a lot of dust because people thought it glorified drug use, which is an oversimplification (although, to be fair, its opening scenes are like a Calvin Klein ad for smack). Actually, the drugs are just MTV-style window dressing on a conventional angry-young-Scotsman melodrama. This new laser edition contains a wide-screen version of the uncut, unredubbed British print, so it’s often impenetrably accented. Bonuses include nine unused scenes — one of which, Boyle notes, was discarded solely because McGregor didn’t look good in his underpants. B

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