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The Flying Scotsman (2006)

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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.

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"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.

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Cast

Jonny Lee Miller
as Graeme Obree
Billy Boyd
as Malky McGovern
Brian Cox
as Douglas Baxter
Laura Fraser
as Anne Obree
Steven Berkoff
as Ernst Hagemann
Sean Brown
as Young Graeme Obree
Crawford McInally-Keir
as First Child Bully
Jan Plazalski
as Second Child Bully
Niall Macgregor
as Graeme's Father
Julie Austin
as Graeme's Mother
Morag Calder
as First Office Receptionist
Pauline Lynch
as Second Office Receptionist
Jean Marie Coffey
as Woman at Finish Line
George Drennen
as Father on Bike
Brennan Caitlin
as Daughter on Bike
Nathan McGrath
as Toddler Ewan
Adrian Smith
as Chris Boardman
Dennis Matsuki
as First Cycling Official
Niall Greig Fulton
as Adult Gang Leader
Gudrun Mangel
as Mayor's Wife
Grant Aylward
as Mayor's Assistant
Daniel Andre Pageon
as French Mayor
Philip Wright
as Francesco Moser
Tilo Dellenberger
as Velodrome Cyclist
Andy Oberschmidt
as Velodrome Cyclist
David Monteath
as Race Commentator
David Duffiled
as Race Commentator
Mark Curry
as Race Commentator
Gary Hollywood
as Cycle Courier
David Hounslow
as `Specialized' Representative
Peter Majer
as Third Cycling Official
Erich Redman
as Second Cycling Official
Stuart Glen
as Second Kid in Street
Kieran Tennant
as First Kid in Street
Moray Hunter
as Armstrong
Joseph Carney
as Child Gang Leader
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Critic Reviews for The Flying Scotsman

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (18)

It's an underdog story with teeth.

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

It's a story that practically begs to be made into a film, albeit preferably one less pat than The Flying Scotsman.

May 5, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

A classic tale of the heroic little guy that goes beyond the sport of cycling, told with elegant restraint in this sensitive and beautifully rendered film.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

For all its dramatic manipulation, The Flying Scotsman succeeds, in a modest way, because it's true.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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
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
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
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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