is a 1996
movie directed by Danny Boyle
based on a novel by Irvine Welsh
about a group of heroin
addicts in Edinburgh
and their passage through life. It stars Ewan McGregor
, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller
, Kevin McKidd and Robert Carlyle
The movie was adapted by John Hodge.
It sparked controversy on its release in the United States and in the UK as to whether it promoted drug use.
- Mark "Rent-boy" Renton: "Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit crushing game shows, stuffing junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself. Choose a future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?"