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"Along with the expected Battle of the Box Office Dinosaurs, every truly successful summer movie seasons needs an underdog, a modest movie that has the heart and soul most of the big budget blockbusters just don't seem to have.
This summer already has that film: The Flying Scotsman."
  John Black, Boston Now

"...this is an impressively directed, sharply written and superbly acted film that tells a fascinating and emotionally gripping story." Matthew Turner DVD NewsOn sale from 18 September 2007, order your North America Region 1 DVD of The Flying Scotsman at our shop - The Flying Scotsman Shop - North America and pre-order the Region 2 DVD for the UK and Europe for delivery from 5 November 2007 at The Flying Scotsman Shop on Amazon




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Here is a selection of comments from some of the very positive reviews of The Flying Scotsman written at the time of the UK release. Please click on the links to read the full reviews (nb some are not available online):

"Obree is excellently played by Jonny Lee Miller ... We recommend everybody takes the time to see this film." David Arthur, RoadCyclingUK

"Director Douglas Mackinnon makes the move from TV to feature film with some style to make this an enjoyable and well crafted film. Jonny Lee Miller delivers a powerful performance as Graeme Obree; his genuine commitment the role is evident throughout." Kevin Stanley, Eye for Film

Variety reports "Trade magazine Treffpunkt Kino called "The Flying Scotsman" "a winner," praising topliner Johnny Lee Miller for a "charismatic, terrific performance."

Billy Boyd interview on Empire

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The Flying Scotsman - Video Interviews - Jonny Lee Miller plays Obree, and the supporting cast includes a brace of great Scottish acting talent, including Billy Boyd, Brian Cox and Laura Fraser, all featured in the above interview video. Click here for

8/10"Miller works tirelessly as the hag-ridden cyclist, but Boyd, as his manager and long-time pal, and Fraser as his upbeat wife, are just as good, and contribute much to the warmth of character that leaves a lump in the throat at the end." David Quinlan,

"Mackinnon’s direction allows the characters in THE FLYING SCOTSMAN to shine; Miller convincingly portrays a complex character for whom nothing comes simply and nothing can be taken for granted. Imbued with emotional resonance and offering a loving tribute to both Scotland and the world of cycling, THE FLYING SCOTSMAN has something for everyone." Film Circuit

Video Review - BBC News - Film 24 with Mark Kermode

Video interview with Billy Boyd on

"FINAL VERDICT: Smart cycle film is on the right track. Fascinating" Mirror

"Rather than checking into Hostel II, enjoy the brevity of Shrek. Better still, get on your bike" (Our highlighting- no apologies!) Mark Kermode, The Observer

"I'm delighted to report...a small British triumph…Jonny Lee Miller in easily his most intelligent screen performance to date…A thoroughly involving story." Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail.

5 star rating.  - unmissable.
* - Watchable
** - Average
*** - Good
**** - Very Good
***** - Unmissable
Rated by TV Times. - Daily Record - Saturday Plus At the Movies - "A triumph over adversity classic"

"Film a triumph as Obree beats world" Jim White, The Telegraph

Mark Kermode, BBC Radio Five Live "The nice thing about it's just one of those kind of good old fashioned ....decent kind of movies about ordinary people doing something slightly extraordinary and therefore becoming better as a result of it." (Available to listen to now or as a Podcast - one of the last reviews)

"Jonny Lee Miller is on superb form as Obree." Alan Morrison, Daily Record

 out of 4 "This film is a real winner. GO SEE." Johnny Vaughan, The Sun

For information about Simon Rose: Creator, Screenwriter & Executive Producer click here "The Flying Scotsman is a superbly acted, emotionally engaging and ultimately uplifting drama that tells a fascinating true story. Recommended." Matthew Turner

"A truly moving, touching tale." Teletext (ITV)

- "The Flying Scotsman story is told with heart and grace" Ireland On-line

Matthew Turner,

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"‘s a beautifully filmed triumph–over–adversity sports flick that‘s based on a remarkable true story. -  Miller gives his best performance to date....this is an impressively directed, sharply written and superbly acted film that tells a fascinating and emotionally gripping story."

Time Out "... the film has a pleasant feel-good factor tempered by moments of melancholy. Given the budgetary restraints, feature debutant Douglas Mackinnon’s made a fine fist of a great little underdog story." Derek Adams - Source : Time Out London Issue 1923: June 27-July July 3 2007

Ben Atkins - Cyclingnews' Film and Theatre Critic

Click for key to ratings " Miller's performance, especially as a man wracked by internal conflict and torment, is outstanding. There are some moments of real pathos and sadness, of real triumph and some genuine humour, particularly his 'washing-machine moment' as he suddenly realises the potential of the bearings.

The film wants you to get behind Graeme and share his despairs and triumphs."

Matthew Supersad - FilmExposed

"Miller brings naturalness to the role that steers clear of the melodramatic pitfalls of the ‘mentally traumatised hero.’ ...feature film debutant Mackinnon deftly integrates pulse-pounding close-ups of Miller’s perspiring face with graceful tracking shots that glide around the racetrack. It’s energising stuff."

"A truly inspirational tale" Red

"A wonderful film about a remarkable man" Glamour

"Uplifting and life-affirming" Now

"Jonny Lee Miller is at his best since Trainspotting. It’s a thrilling cinematic film" Empire



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