Trainspotting | 1996

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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Main Plot

Trainspotting follows a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh, Scotland, as they navigate through their tumultuous lives. Mark Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie struggle with addiction, friendship, and the consequences of their choices. The film delves into their chaotic world, exploring themes of addiction, poverty, and the search for meaning. Trainspotting is a raw and intense portrayal of the highs and lows of addiction, capturing the characters' desperate attempts to escape their own self-destructive habits.


  • Ewan McGregor's character in Trainspotting is Mark Renton, a heroin addict who struggles with addiction and tries to escape the destructive lifestyle of his friends.
  • Ewen Bremner's character in Trainspotting is Spud, a heroin addict and one of the main characters who struggles with addiction throughout the film.
  • Jonny Lee Miller's character in Trainspotting is Sick Boy, who is one of the main characters and a close friend of the protagonist.


In the ending of Trainspotting, Renton steals the drug money from his friends and leaves them behind to start a new life in Amsterdam. However, he eventually feels remorse and decides to return to Edinburgh. He reconciles with Spud, who has been struggling with addiction, and helps him get clean. Renton also saves Sick Boy from a violent encounter and tries to make amends with Begbie, but their confrontation turns violent. In the end, Renton manages to escape Begbie's wrath and leaves Edinburgh once again, this time for good. The film concludes with Renton reflecting on his past choices and expressing hope for a better future.

Danny Boyle