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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.

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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

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Hope made him a dreamer. Heart made him a hero. 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 USA:

$78,337, 6 May 2007

Gross USA:

$171,817

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,258,900
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 La noche de...: El escocés volador (2017) See more »

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Obree is a hero
3 July 2007 | by j_m_scottSee all my reviews

I saw it in Aberdeen on Sat night, I wasn't really expecting much as sporting films are usually bordering on rubbish but it was very entertaining. Everyone quotes the bike "built from washing machine parts" but very seldom is Graeme Obree acknowledged as the superb (drug-free) athlete that he was. I would recommend it, although it does over simplify events, as cinema usually does, but it was 90 mins well spent. I hope Graeme benefits from its release. Her indoors also thoroughly enjoyed it even if it was very much, my choice of film. I would recommend it if you just enjoy a good story. In fact it is such a good tale that sometimes it is easy to forget that it is a true story and just how heroic Graeme Obree 's feats were.


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