The Academy Award nominated screenplay by John Hodge follows a group of heroin addicts in a late 1980s economically depressed Edinburgh and their passage through life.
This 1996 British black comedy drama directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, was based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh and is ranked 10th by the British Film Institute (BFI) in its list of Top 100 British films of all time.
Heroin addict Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends -- Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Tommy (Kevin McKidd). He also has an underage girlfriend, Diane (Kelly Macdonald), along for the ride. After cleaning up and moving from Edinburgh to London, Mark finds he can't escape the life he left behind when Begbie shows up at his front door on the lam, and a scheming Sick Boy follows.