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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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The Flying Scotsman is the astonishing true story of Graeme Obree, a Scottish amateur cyclist who in 1994 went out to break the World Hour Record on a bike he built at home, using parts from an old BMX and even a discarded washing machine. Regarded by many as the ultimate cycling event, the record had stood for ten years before Graeme, already 27 years of age, went on to break it twice in the same year.

The Flying Scotsman - Billy Boyd as Malky and Jonny Lee Miller as Graeme Obree
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Links to the most recent reviews are listed immediately below.

John P. McCarthy, Catholic News Service, writes "Obree's bouts with depression prevent this film from being just a sentimental movie with a formulaic outcome. Director Douglas Mackinnon uses his subject's troubled psyche to generate suspense; and the cyclist's friendship with a Protestant minister, the Rev. Douglas Baxter (Brian Cox), lends a subtle religious dimension." and "Exemplifying the movie's good taste and sensitivity, lovely music and scenery don't overwhelm the central plight of this lionhearted athlete."

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, writes "Mackinnon, a TV star director making his theatrical feature debut here, has a flair for pace, colour and performances. The writing is more heartfelt than usual for a movie like this; one of the writers, Rose, has been working on the project for 12 years. "The Flying Scotsman," like many movie bios, invents some characters and plays with the truth, though not too much. But the movie, which endured a few bumps and trials of its own on its path to the screen, tells a tale both fast and moving. And when Miller as Obree takes his whirls around the track, it gets your heart pumping and your blood up".

Glen Sumi in Now Magazine has an interview with Jonny Lee Miller (it includes some audio clips - this helps you appreciate just how good his Scottish accent is!) and a short review ...."director Mackinnon and Miller are sensitive, not sentimental, in their exploration of depression. Good supporting work, too, from Billy Boyd and Brian Cox. It'll make you dust off your bike and hit the road."

Emily S. Mendel on writes of Jonny Lee Millers performance as Graeme Obree - "His performance in The Flying Scotsman is inspired, nuanced and genuine"

A 5 Star review on Times Online (New Zealand) Barbara Weil writes "The Flying Scotsman is a hard film to find fault with" and "it’s simply a must-see film."

Michael Tarry in Thread writes Jonny Lee Miller "creates here a picture of depression that is appropriately disturbing and entirely believable" and " in the case of The Flying Scotsman, “tender” and “inspirational” mean exactly what they are supposed to."

The National Business Review in New Zealand has published a video review

The New Zealand Herald gives The Flying Scotsman a 4 Star review!

Nicodemus the Sage -"I'm absolutely convinced that The Flying Scotsman is poised to become a sports film for the ages. Its timelessness goes hand-in-hand with its integrity; its beauty IS its truth." click here

The reviews below will give you an indication of some of the positive reaction following the films World Premiere in Edinburgh on 14th August 2006 - more reviews are available here.  - "a must see film" click here

Hi-Arts - "a solidly crafted, beautifully acted biographical heartwarmer" click here  - "The film is an intriguing mix of dark drama, light comedy and the stirring triumph of Obree's success" click here

The Herald - "The good news, given this film's troubled production, is The Flying Scotsman is a winner." click here

Empireonline  - "It’s a thrillingly cinematic film" click here



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