The Flying Scotsman (2006)

The Flying Scotsman



Critic Consensus: The Flying Scotsman's too-brisk pacing reduces the scale of cyclist Graham Obree's accomplishments while not uncovering what makes him tick.

Movie Info

"The Flying Scotsman" is the true story of celebrated Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree, a former world champion, who broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own design, made partly out of sections of a washing machine. The film follows his life's victories as well as his battles with mental health problems.

Rating: PG-13 (for some mature thematic elements and strong language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Simon Rose, Declan Hughes, John Brown
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2007
Box Office: $78.3k


as Graeme Obree

as Malky McGovern

as Douglas Baxter

as Anne Obree

as Ernst Hagemann

as Young Graeme Obree

as First Child Bully

as Second Child Bully

as Graeme's Father

as Graeme's Mother

as First Office Recepti...

as Second Office Recept...

as Woman at Finish Line

as Father on Bike

as Daughter on Bike

as Toddler Ewan

as Chris Boardman

as First Cycling Offici...

as Adult Gang Leader

as Mayor's Wife

as Mayor's Assistant

as French Mayor

as Francesco Moser

as Velodrome Cyclist

as Velodrome Cyclist

as Race Commentator

as Race Commentator

as Race Commentator

as Cycle Courier

as `Specialized' Repres...

as Third Cycling Offici...

as Second Cycling Offic...

as Second Kid in Street

as First Kid in Street

as Armstrong

as Child Gang Leader
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Critic Reviews for The Flying Scotsman

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (19)

It's an underdog story with teeth.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

There's much to admire here, even if you're not into cycling. Douglas Mackinnon's made a fine fist of a great little underdog story.

Full Review… | June 28, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Never quite manages to whip its disparate story elements into an emotionally moving whole.

May 14, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Cycling drama doesn't quite race to the finish.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Common Sense Media

Business-as-usual for a sports movie.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

Competently made and reasonably interesting, but The Flying Scotsman lacks the kind of exhilaration that inspirational true-life sport films generally need to carry them to cinematic gold

Full Review… | August 11, 2007
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Flying Scotsman

Nothing special. And, as an American, my hand was constantly on the rewind button so I could understand all the Scotish accents. Noot m'eh fehvrut moovie, bu' it wus a gud sturie.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

I normally avoid sports films because they're very predictable and essentially all the same; let's face it, if they'd f**ked it up, nobody would've made a film about them. The story of Graeme Obree however, is quite an interesting one. A former bicycle courier from a working class Scottish town, Obree went on to become double world champion on a bike he made himself out of old washing machine parts. He did this despite suffering from an intense depression that caused him to attempt suicide and the interference of the sport's governing body who repeatedly changed the rules to specifically try and stop him competing because his DIY attitude threatened the big money manufacturing concerns within the sport. As such it is a facinating combination of the usual triumph of the human spirit sports movie, human psychological drama and battle of the individual against overwhelming odds. As such it is much more interesting than your average sports film and rather better than the similar biopic of Ian Curtis, Control.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

trying to be both a sports movie and biopic and failing at both. Some interesting side charactors (Brian Cox, wonderful as usual) make this watchable, but the film takes way too much for granted; never fully investigating the bi-polar disorder that should have been at the center of the film - so in the end you feel like a passive viewer to someone's life, and not invested in its outcome.

The direction did have some nice touches of levity - too bad it couldn't find a coherent voice in the screenplay.

paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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