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As Scotland fails to establish its own parliament once again, young patriot Ian Hamilton vows to salvage national pride by returning the Stone of Destiny, a symbol of Scottish sovereignty to its rightful place. Trouble is, the talismanic brick has been housed in Westminster Abbey under watchful English eyes since 1296.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Cox
Ian Hamilton
Kate Mara
Kay Matheson
Billy Boyd
Bill Craig
Ciaron Kelly
Alan Stuart
Robert Carlyle
John MacCormick
Brenda Fricker
Mrs. McQuarry
Pauline King
Jen
Stephen McCole
Gavin Vernon
Victor Loewy
Executive Producer
Michael S. Murphey
Executive Producer
Mychael Danna
Original Music
Glen Winter
Cinematographer
Tom Sayer
Production Design
Andy Thompson
Art Director
Trisha Biggar
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Critic Reviews for Stone of Destiny

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (8)

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

    February 20, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • Writer/director Charles Martin Smith is American, which wouldn't matter if this didn't feel so much like a wee-dram-and-bagpipes invitation to a mythical Scotland of yesteryear.

    December 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This unabashedly sentimental and outright anti-English pic is stodgy as a cheap haggis with nationalistic sentimentality.

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

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • To call it a pleasant, watchable picture is to damn it with the faint praise that it seems to solicit.

    January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Writer/director Charles Martin Smith brings energy and wit to this British-Canadian co-production.

    February 20, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • Writer/director Charles Martin Smith is American, which wouldn't matter if this didn't feel so much like a wee-dram-and-bagpipes invitation to a mythical Scotland of yesteryear.

    December 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This unabashedly sentimental and outright anti-English pic is stodgy as a cheap haggis with nationalistic sentimentality.

    October 18, 2008
  • To call it a pleasant, watchable picture is to damn it with the faint praise that it seems to solicit.

    January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • ...unapologetically old-fashioned...

    July 1, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stone of Destiny

  • Jul 26, 2013
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2012
    This film started slowly for me, but soon pulled me in with its sly wit and compelling feel-good story of a small group of Scottish college students who decided to attempt to bring a Scottish symbol of independence back home. Credit the performance of Kate Mara to turn this highly predictable tale into something quite entertaining. This viewer was captivated by her wit and her knockout good looks. The scenery at times was breathtaking. One always wonders in a tale "based on actual events" how much is added for dramatic effect. In this case, whatever they added did not detract in any way from the message that sometimes a simple, bold plan can accomplish great things, whether or not it actually succeeds. Kate Mara definitely bears watching.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2011
    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.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2011
    A very funny and uplifting movie about five young people who plot to recapture the Stone of Destiny from the abbey in London in an attempt to ignite patriotism for Scotland. Some real sweet scenes and some that are laugh out loud.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer

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