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THE FLYING SCOTSMAN
USA: MGM Distribution
UK: Verve Pictures
Cast: Jonny Lee-Miller, Billy Boyd, Laura Fraser, Brian Cox, Steven Berkoff, Adrian Smith, Niall Macgregor, Julie Austin, Sean Brown, Ron Donachie, Morven Christie, Philip Wright, Moray Hunter, Pauline Lynch, Gary Hollywood, Dennis Matsuki, Erich Redman, Peter Majer, David Hounslow, Morag Calder, Jean Marie Coffey, Daniel Andre Pageon, Grant Aylward, Gudrun Mangel, Caitlin Brennan, George Drennen, Ashok Srivastava, Nathan McGrath, Christopher Anderson, Niall Greig Fulton, Joseph Carney, Crawford McInally-Keir, Jan Plazalski, Kieran Tennant, Stuart Glen
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Countries: UK / Germany
USA: 96 mins
UK: 102 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some mature thematic elements and strong language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: 4 May 2007 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 29 July 2007 (Limited Release)
THE FLYING SCOTSMAN, is the remarkable true story about the turbulent life of cyclist Graeme Obree.
From a humble background, Graeme Obree (Jonny Lee-Miller) always had to fight for survival. When his beloved bicycle shop went bust, Obree had neither the money nor the sponsorship necessary to realise his dream; to compete at the highest level of world cycling. Facing years of gruelling preparations, funding problems, injuries and scandals, Graeme always had the unwavering support of his wife Anne (Laura Fraser). With the help of his close friend and newly appointed manager Malky (Billy Boyd), he never gave up.
Defiantly he built another bike out of washing machine parts to his own radical design that squeezed through the World Cycling Federation's (WCF) strict guidelines - and against all the odds rode it in the World Pursuit Championship - astonishingly beating his rival, the Olympic Gold Medal holder Chris Boardman (Adrian Smith). Graeme's pioneering Superman Position' remains one of the most defining images in the history of world cycling.