The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


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Tear up the UK with Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Tommy (Kevin McKidd) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) in Danny Boyle’s 1996 classic Trainspotting!

Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting chronicles the misadventures of Renton (Ewan McGregor), a charming and charismatic heroin junkie in the glamorous slums of Scotland, and his eclectic group of addict friends as they ricochet through life.  The supporting performances by Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewen Bremner make Trainspotting a tremendous, surreal fever dream of a movie; equal parts charming and revolting like the junkie life it depicts. 

“Unapologetic and hard-hitting, Irvine Welsh’s controversial bestseller is brought to the screen as a dazzling assault on the senses.” — Alan Jones, Radio Times

“Trainspotting is a searing pop-art portrait of a lost generation blowing out its brains. As they rail, chuckle, shout and dive into darkness, you’re trapped yourself between a bellylaugh and a scream.” — Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“Trainspotting is a singular sensation, a visionary knockout spiked with insight, wild invention and outrageous wit.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone