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The Flying Scotsman [DVD]

Jonny Lee Miller , Billy Boyd , Douglas Mackinnon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jonny Lee Miller, Billy Boyd, Brian Cox, Laura Fraser, Ron Donachie
  • Directors: Douglas Mackinnon
  • Producers: Peter Broughan, Peter Gallagher, Sara Giles, Damita Nikapota
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6YRQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,711 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Silver-screen sports stories rarely revolve around the big and brawny, but the small and scrappy, like Sean Astin in Rudy or Toby Maguire in Seabiscuit. For Scottish cycling sensation Graeme Obree (Trainspotting's Jonny Lee Miller), the biggest obstacle isn't physical, but financial--and psychological. From 1993 to 1995, when most of The Flying Scotsman takes place, he's a bike-shop owner and courier who dreams of turning pro (Laura Fraser plays his supportive spouse). After Rev. Baxter (Brian Cox returning to his native Scotland) sets him up with supplies, and fellow courier Malky (The Lord of the Rings' Billy Boyd) agrees to manage him, Obree sets out to break the one-hour world record. He starts by building a bicycle from spare parts, a move that recalls Anthony Hopkins' eccentric racer in The World's Fastest Indian.

Obree's money woes are further complicated by a battle with manic depression, which is handled sensitively, if superficially, i.e. it isn't made clear whether he ever receives treatment. Though he'll break several records before the film is over, the World Cycling Federation (represented by former James Bond villain Steven Berkoff) makes him jump through several demeaning hoops to get there. As for Miller, he's convincing as a cyclist (Obree serves as one of his stand-ins), though Boyd provides the bulk of the charisma. Nonetheless, the real-life champ deserves recognition for his achievements, and Mackinnon's movie is as a sympathetic testament to a true talent. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Drama based on a remarkable true story. When British cyclist Chris Boardman won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the world was caught off guard. No one had ever suspected that Britain was capable of producing world-class cyclists. Perhaps no one was more shocked by Boardman's success than unemployed Scot Graeme Obree (Jonny Lee Miller), an old riding partner of Boardman's who on more than a few occasions had crossed the finish line before his medal-winning counterpart. With his debts piling up and his family in desperate need of some good luck, Obree is determined to take one last shot at the world of cycling with a little encouragement from his longtime friend Malky McGovern (Billy Boyd) and his loving wife, Anne (Laura Fraser). Now, with no official sponsor, no financial backing, no funding to speak of, and a decided lack of experience needed to design the kind of bike he would need for his ambitious endeavor, the 27-year-old cyclist decides to build his own revolutionary bike from the ground up and begin the arduous journey to becoming the fastest cyclist in the history of the sport.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Scotsman a great film 24 Nov 2007
After reading the book we were looking forward to seing the film, and boy was it worth the wait. You are really in the saddle with Greame Obree when he goes for the hour record. You feel his frustration with his illness and the officials who put everything in his ways hoping he,d give up. Jonny Lee Miller plays Obree with passion. A must see film for all cyclists
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film of the Year 29 Dec 2007
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Thanks to my Cineworld season ticket, I see many films in the cinema; one or two a week throughout 2007. My favourites for the year included Zodiac, the latest Harry Potter, The Lives of Others, and Brick Lane. But the best of all - and the best by a long way - was The Flying Scotsman. As others have mentioned, this is a biopic of Graeme Obree and about ordinary people doing great things. I found found myself drawn into the story and began to think (fancifully) about doing great things myself. The acting is great and tremendously realistic, the story is heroic, and yet there is a sensitivity at the film's heart as we follow Obree's obsession. As the film progresses (as is the case with all good biopics), you begin to get a sense that you understand the main character. Just when you feel this, the film ends by zooming into Obree's eyes and we realise just how little we really understand the man. There are many other reasons to watch the film; the drama of the cycling, the anger at the officials who banned his bike, the tenderness of the relationships, and some great feel good moments - but the real draw of this film is the exploration of a man's obsession, the support of his friends, and ultimately the realisation that we can never know what is going on in someone else's head. To me, this is the best British film since Punishment Park. If you only buy one DVD this year, this is the one to buy.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars flying scotsman 17 Sep 2007
This is a fantastic movie. It gives a sense of the challlenge of taking on the system and doing extra ordinary things. This is a story of great courage and determination in pushing the envelope of sport and human accomlishment. For everyone who wants to see the dream of jumping over the rainbow and coming back to earth, this is a chance to do it. For everyone who has ever enjoyed the bike-be the first to buy the DVD and watch it with your friends. Ordinary people can do extra ordinary things if they have the courage and the vision. Go for it...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not Just About the Bike... 20 Mar 2011
By G. J. Oxley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This film is based on the remarkable true story of Graeme Obree (played by Jonny Lee Miller), the Scottish cyclist who twice held the world hour record, and in addition, was twice world pursuit champion over 4 kilometres.

The movie: In the summer of 1993, Obree reads that his great rival Chris Boardman is just nine weeks away from an attempt on Francesco Moser's world hour record (i.e. furthest distance ridden in an hour on a banked velodrome track). In an obvious parallel with Roger Bannister pipping John Landy to the first sub-four minute mile in 1954, Obree decides to make his own attempt a week prior to Boardman's effort.

Problem: he has no velodrome in which to practice, or attempt the actual record itself. His friend - a nice performance by Billy Boyd - is appointed as his manager and sets about raising the requisite sponsorship funds to hire a velodrome (in Norway) and time keepers for the record attempt.

Astonishingly, Obree designs his own bike - replacing the standard drop handlebars with a flat bar, removing the top tube and cannibalising his own washing machine for its superior bearings. A local priest (the ever reliable Brian Cox) allows him access to his well-stocked workshop in which to work on the modifications and together with his newly developed low riding style he's ready to take on the world.

This is merely the starting point for the movie; it focuses on other aspects of Obree's life, including his disputes with the sport's governing body - the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) - who are concerned that changes to bicycles are making a disproportionate improvement to track records. They also take exception to his riding position.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flying Scotsman 29 Oct 2007
By Dragon
I watched this film after reading Mr Obree's book of the same name. it is an amazing story and shows that greatness and extream personal achievments are in the range of anyone. his braking of the hour record and the way in which it was done, was somthing i think moved me greatly and somthing that i think would change and insipre any sports person for the remainder of there life.
Totaly a must watched film and an amazing story
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come Away Graeme 31 Mar 2010
I watched this on television last night and what a delightful film. it was well worth a late night. As a non fan of Johnny Lee Miller my hopes for the film were a trifle low. However his portrayl of super Scot Graeme Obree was first class. I was unaware of this trully inspiring story which makes you proud to be Scottish. The supporting cast notably Brian Cox are excellent, Steven Berkoff pops up as a cycling official with an agenda but its Johnny Lee Millers film from start to finish. I hope this made money when it was released as sometimes smaller films dont get much of a look in at the multiplexes. I will be buying this and showing it to my two boys. Trully motivating and beautifully directed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great film but could have done for mental health awareness.
Excellent film. Shows true determination and spirit. 4 stars because I work in Mental Health and one of the people I see has Bi-Polar. Read more
Published 5 days ago by ppetlamb
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cycling films ever.
Jonny Lee Miller stars in this role, sensitively portraying the troubled character and the dark depression of the great man's career, who was a rival to Chris Boardman in his... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jai Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it.
Great film I could watch it over & over again.
Published 18 days ago by kaza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Flying Scotsman
A little known but very good movie based on real events. I enjoed it without being a cycling enthusiast myself.
Published 2 months ago by Mr D Forty
5.0 out of 5 stars The mind and body are amazing machines!
Fascinating insight to how individual's overcome adversity. The mind and body are frightening machines that drive us to our limits. Excellent and moving in equal measures.
Published 2 months ago by campbelltown1
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it " )
Love this film. Big fan of Jonny Lee Miller anyway. His portrayal of the troubled Obree was outstanding.Hugely enjoyable film. Cannot rrecommend highly enough.
Published 4 months ago by Julie Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars great film
love this film, never even heard of it until a friend told me about it and I had to buy after reading about it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. R. Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
Brilliant inspiring story. Probably not the best ever made film but thoroughly enjoyable and true story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gully
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Great film, didnt know anything about this man, but the film was excellent, good snuggle up film, and a real life story
Published 9 months ago by Polly Wainwright
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