Fresh from their success with Shallow Grave, the same team turned its attention to Irvine Welsh's drug-crazed novel about addicts in Edinburgh and did a pretty terrific job. John Hodge's script is shocking, funny, terrifying and heartbreaking, creating the junkie's junkie movie where even the minor characters light up the screen. Ewam Bremner as the hopelessly stupid Spud gets most of the funniest moments, while Carlyle's psychopath Begbie is responsible for a number of moments of terror. For a film with such horrifying and explicit scenes of taking drugs and going cold turkey, it has a surprisingly upbeat ending--although you may not come away feeling that taking heroin is the wisest lifestyle choice you could make.
Director: Danny Boyle Cast: Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle


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