The Flying Scotsman (2006) - Drama, Sport

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The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Laura Fraser
Length: 96 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 3 out of 32 found boring (9.37%)

One-line Reviews (16)

This slight but engaging film boasts an intriguing locale, smooth direction by Douglas Mackinnon and endearing performances by Johnny Lee Miller, Billy Boyd, Laura Fraser and Brian Cox.

Maybe it would have been better to make a documentary; the details of how Obree fashioned a competitive bike with his own hands (and to his own, revolutionary design) are fascinating - but not the stuff the fiction, and told as a drama, the result is a little dull.

The narrative arc of this movie is dreadfully predictable, and attempts to make play from Obree's struggles with depression are limited by the cartoonish way in which the officials with whom he was often in conflict are depicted.

With 50% Scot blood in my veins I felt at home with the voices and scenery, but I found myself quickly intensely involved with the characters and swept away by the quality of the cinematography and the stunning surround sound.

Worth watching!

What I found most enjoyable about this film is the way it straddles the sport-biopic genres.

Sometimes painful but compelling viewing .

I'm just home from enjoying one of the most exciting cinema experiences of my 51 years.

I think the confusion was whether the team wanted to make a sports movie or good dramatic cinema.

minor but enjoyable sports movie .

Overall, an enjoyable film.

I was not familiar with this story, but I appreciate learning about it from this movie - though it is obvious that they have made some changes to the story to make it more fast paced.

stunning, involving and ultimately rewarding .

Unassuming film worth watching .

Her indoors also thoroughly enjoyed it even if it was very much, my choice of film.

That element of the story seems disconnected--both within the subplot and with the rest of the movie--and hard to follow.