Stone of Destiny (2008)

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Prolific actor/director Charles Martin Smith takes the helm for this lighthearted adventure comedy recounting the theft of the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey. Based on the memoirs of Ian Hamilton, Stone of Destiny follows the determined student's reckless quest to make the ultimate symbolic gesture for Scottish independence. Charlie Cox stars in a film featuring Robert Carlyle, Billy Boyd, Stephen McCole, and Kate Mara. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: PG (for language and some incidental smoking)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Martin Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 2009
Runtime:
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Cast


as Ian Hamilton

as Kay Matheson

as John MacCormick

as Bill Craig

as Gavin Vernon

as Alan Stuart

as Ian's Father

as Mrs. McQuarry

as Ian's mother
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Critic Reviews for Stone of Destiny

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Writer/director Charles Martin Smith brings energy and wit to this British-Canadian co-production.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Toronto Star
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Written and directed by an American, the film nevertheless feels closer to the 'British' spirit of the old Ealing comedies, something emphasised by its old-fashioned ambience and its charming evocation of the period.

Full Review… | December 19, 2008
Time Out
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This unabashedly sentimental and outright anti-English pic is stodgy as a cheap haggis with nationalistic sentimentality.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
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Smith, who also wrote the screenplay, is all brisk efficiency over the course of the movie's fat-free 96 minutes.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Globe and Mail
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...unapologetically old-fashioned...

Full Review… | July 1, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Stone of Destiny

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Stone of destiny is one of those independent films that really stands out due to its plot, great cast and effective directing. I really enjoyed the film and thought it had the perfect amount of drama and comedy. Also it had plenty of heart. This is an enjoyable film that is simple in its ideas, but the result is inspired and accomplished. Of course the film has its fair share of problems, but it manages to soar above its problems to really be a fun and entertaining picture worth seeing. The cast here do a wonderful job and they each bring something truly remarkable to the screen. The film is an accomplished independent production and is one of the better low budget affairs. This is a good film with standout performances. The plot is interesting and well thought out. If you come across this film, I suggest you give it a shot because it is a surprisingly effective film that will entertain from start to finish. The Stone of Destiny is wonderful fun and with the talent involved, you know you're going to get a well acted film with a well written script. The film may be imperfect in some areas, but for the most part it definitely is an effort worthy of seeing. Films like this should be made more aware of in the viewers mind, as I find them more compelling than most big budget picture, which most of the time fails to truly entertain. If you're looking for a far better film than most blockbusters and want something with a truly entertaining story with talented cast members, then this is the film for you.

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Alex roy

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A fun, inspiring, and deeeelightful Scottish tale based on true events. The cast and characters are strong, scenery beautiful, and the score a perfect match. Just a fun, witty little film.

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Cynthia S.

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Cast: Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Stephen McCole, Ciaran Kelly, Billy Boyd, Robert Carlyle, Peter Mullan, Brenda Fricker, Rab Affleck, Gillian Aitken, Janine Ballantyne, Ross Bennie

Director: Charles Martin Smith

Summary: Based on true events of 1950, this comic adventure follows Scottish nationalist Ian Hamilton (Charlie Cox) and three other young men as they make a daring raid on Westminster Abbey in an attempt to return the historic Stone of Scone to Scotland. Hamilton and his cohorts must outwit British authorities in their mission to right a centuries-old wrong and revive Scottish national pride.

My Thoughts: "I really enjoyed this Scottish tale. I rooted for the character's and wanted them to succeed. It's so great what these students did for their people and their country. Inspiring. Great acting by all. The character's were believable which is important when playing an actual person. Just an all around good movie."

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