Trainspotting - New Heroes

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German title Trainspotting - New Heroes
Original title Trainspotting
Country of production United Kingdom
original language English , Scottish English
Publishing year 1996
length 94 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Danny Boyle
script John Hodge
production Andrew Macdonald
music Damon Albarn
camera Brian Tufano
cut Masahiro Hirakubo

Successor  →
T2 Trainspotting

Trainspotting - New Heroes (original: Trainspotting ) is a Scottish drama film directed by Danny Boyle from 1996. It is a film adaptation of the novel Trainspotting (1993) by Irvine Welsh .


The film is about a clique in Leith , a district of the Scottish capital Edinburgh . The narrator is the young Mark Renton, a heroin addict , played by Ewan McGregor , who wants to get clean right at the beginning of the film and then again and again. During the entire film, however, Mark did not use drugs of any kind during a short stay in London. In the end, he stole 16,000 pounds from his friends from a heroin deal in order to start a new life.

As junkies Renton, Spud and Sick Boy play with death again and again, at the same time they are often bursting with energy and joie de vivre. At the same time, the misery of addiction is often visible: the baby of a dependent friend dies of neglect; the naive Tommy, which is initially the only one in the gang does not take drugs, but emotionally dependent on his girlfriend is addicted to heroin, as this leaves him, and dies of probably through AIDS favored toxoplasmosis ; Renton is forced into cold withdrawal by his parents and has terrible hallucinations. The scenery is complemented by characters such as the petty criminal, psychopathic alcoholic Begbie and 15-year-old Diane, who is having an affair with the much older Renton.

Trainspotting paints a negative satirical picture of British society in the late 1980s. Renton and his friends, drug addicts who refuse to work with punk attributes, pose a contempt for society. At the same time, their often-touted friendship ends when they get the next shot, and they betray and deceive each other. When Renton fled to London in between, he worked successfully for a brokerage office until Begbie, who had committed a robbery, and Sick Boy moved in with him uninvited. In the end, Renton steals the crazy Begbie and the cynical Sick Boy after the heroin deal, but gives the harmless dreamer Spud his share.


"The 1995 film by Danny Boyle, which has now achieved cult status, turned out to be a huge success, although the German subtitle" Neue Helden "already refers to a serious change compared to the novel: The addiction appears in the film as a hallucinatory, surreal experience; yes even, as was criticized by some of the critics, as a cheerful leisure activity. Even the famous scene in which Renton plunges into the “dirtiest toilet in Scotland” to fish out the opium suppositories taken rectally and then excreted turns out to be a masterpiece of fantastic cinema: He swims in the azure blue water of the ocean and reaches the surface as if after one cleansing shower. Drug addiction could hardly be more glamorous, but also more questionable. "

- Johann N. Schmidt : Great Britain 1945–2010: Culture, Politics, Society

“A bitter grotesque told with unusual cinematic means, whose dramaturgy, aiming at surprise and surprise, captures. Despite the suggestive illustration of drug experiences, a shocking and sensitive portrait of the junkie scene at the same time. "


Like the novel, the film also shows drug use, addiction and the brutality and self-contempt that goes with it. In the original, Scottish English is spoken almost exclusively, interspersed with numerous slang expressions , which makes it difficult to understand for the average English-speaking viewer. In contrast to the previous versions, the steelbox version of the film, which is no longer available, also contained the original sound for the first time.

In addition, the scene with Renton and Sick Boy in the park failed to set music to the skinhead lying on the ground . In the German version, the skinhead's panicked screaming “Get over!” Cannot be heard while the dog that Renton shot attacks him.



  • Although the story takes place in Leith, most of the scenes were shot in Glasgow.
  • Because of the Scottish dialect, the US version had to dub the first 20 minutes.
  • Jonny Lee Miller's character Sick Boy is almost obsessed with James Bond films. Miller is a grandson of Bernard Lee , who played the role of M in eleven James Bond films between 1962 and 1979.
  • Christopher Eccleston had been offered the role of Francis Begbie.
  • To play the willowy Mark Renton, Ewan McGregor had to go on a strict diet. He was not allowed to drink alcohol or eat sweets for two months.
  • The idea for the scene in which actor Ewan McGregor dips into the toilet bowl came from screenwriter John Hodge through the 1984 horror film Nightmare , in which the teenage girl Nancy Thompson, played by actress Heather Langenkamp , in a similar one Scene in a bathroom in the tub and suddenly is pulled under the water by the horror film character Freddy Krueger .
  • Several drug names and medical terms are mentioned in the film. Screenwriter Hodge is a doctor and had also treated heroin addicts, so he was able to incorporate his expertise into the film.
  • Ewen Bremner, who plays Daniel "Spud" Murphy in the film, had taken on the role of Mark Renton in a stage adaptation years earlier.
  • Danny Boyle hired twins to play the role of baby Dawn to ease the rigors of filming.
  • In one scene Renton is reading a book about the actor Montgomery Clift , who himself had serious drug problems.
  • There are numerous references to the Beatles in the film (including the album cover of Abbey Road ).
  • The lettering on the wall in the disco is identical to the one in the Korowa milk bar from the movie Uhrwerk Orange .
  • The scene with the excursion to the countryside was filmed in the remote Corrour train station , which has no access to a public road.
  • The title of the film Trainspotting describes the hobby observation of trains . He is referring to a scene in the eponymous novel , which does not appear in the film, in which Begbie and Renton meet Begbie's run-down father at a train station, who asks them if they are trainspotters.


Released on CD:

CD 1

  1. Iggy Pop  - Lust for Life
  2. Brian Eno  - Deep Blue Day
  3. Primal Scream  - Trainspotting
  4. Sleeper  - Atomic
  5. New Order  - Temptation
  6. Iggy Pop  - Nightclubbing
  7. Blur  - Sing
  8. Lou Reed  - Perfect Day
  9. Pulp  - Mile End
  10. Bedrock featuring KYO  - For What You Dream Of
  11. Elastica  - 2: 1
  12. Leftfield  - A Final Hit
  13. Underworld  - Born Slippy
  14. Damon Albarn  - Closet Romantic

CD 2

  1. PF Project feat. Ewan McGregor  - Choose Life
  2. Iggy Pop  - The Passenger
  3. Underworld  - Dark and Long (Dark Train Mix)
  4. Georges Bizet  - from the Carmen Suite No. 2
  5. Sleeper  - Statusque
  6. David Bowie  - Golden Years
  7. Ice MC  - Think About the Way
  8. Leftfield  - A Final Hit
  9. Heaven 17  - Temptation
  10. Iggy Pop  - Nightclubbing (Baby Doc Mix)
  11. Fun Boy Three  - Our Lips Are Sealed
  12. Primal Scream  - Come Together
  13. Joy Division  - Atmosphere
  14. Goldie  - Inner City Life
  15. Underworld  - Born Slippy (NUXX - Darren Price Mix)


  1. Johann Sebastian Bach  - Choral arrangement I warmly ask for Bach works directory 727


In 2017 the sequel T2 Trainspotting was released .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Johann N. Schmidt : Great Britain 1945-2010. Culture, politics, society (=  Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 305 ). Kröner, Stuttgart 2011, ISBN 978-3-520-30501-5 , pp. 386 .
  2. Trainspotting - New Heroes. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 4, 2017 . Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. Trainspotting - New Heroes. In: FBW . German Film and Media Rating (FBW), accessed on March 8, 2018 .
  4. a b Interview clip with screenwriter John Hodge, February 2003, 8 min. To be found in the bonus material on the DVD Trainspotting , 2009, (Universal Pictures Germany, Hamburg)
  5. Trainspotting - New Heroes FAQs in the IMDb
  6. ^ Welsh, 1997, Trainspotting , p. 309.

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