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The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman
  • 2006
  • UK
  • 102 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Douglas Mackinnon
  • Written by: John Brown, Declan Hughes, Simon Rose
  • Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Laura Fraser, Billy Boyd, Brian Cox

A well-intentioned biopic of Graeme Obree, the professional Scottish cyclist who battled with a home-made bike, sporting bureaucracy and depression. Despite Miller's muted, understated performance, the stock characters and omission of real life conflicts result in a sports film cliché that drags itself over the finish line.

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The Flying Scotsman

19 Jun 20073 stars

Riding your bike fast doesn’t make you a hero, but Graeme Obree’s well-documented battles with the external and internal pressures of professional cycling put him firmly in the Lance Armstrong class. As depicted in Douglas Mackinnon’s long-delayed…

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