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Top 10 Trainspotting scenes

After Danny Boyle confirmed plans for Trainspotting 2 this week, we look back at ten of the best scenes from the original

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 11 September 2015

Trainspotting is undoubtedly one of the greatest British films of all time, cramming brutal realism and riotous humour into a 90-minute slice of pure entertainment. Plus it has a banging soundtrack. Needless to say, we were extremely excited when director Danny Boyle confirmed this week that a sequel is on the way.

Despite Sick Boy's unifying theory of life that "we all get old, and we cannae hack it anymore", we have faith in the cast to pull it out the bag 20 years on from the release of Trainspotting. In honour of the gang getting back together, we recall 10 of our favourite scenes from the first film.

The opening scene

Trainspotting's brilliant opening sequence sets the scene for the themes explored through the film, with Renton's narrative diatribe against the mundanity of living reflecting the enthusiasm for life that heroin saps from users. The football game meanwhile perfectly introduces the character of the five main cast members, showing Renton's self-destruction, Sick Boy's deceit, Begbie's sadism, Tommy's doomed ambition, and Spud's uselessness in just one short clip.

The worst toilet in Scotland

Strangely reminiscent of Sunday at Glastonbury, Renton's journey into "the worst toilet in Scotland" is probably the film's most iconic moment. A surreal clip depicting the depths Renton will sink to in the pursuit of drugs soundtracked by Brian Eno's ethereal 'Deep Blue Day'.

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