Based on a remarkable true story, The
Flying Scotsman is a heart-warming and compelling film which
follows the turbulent life of cyclist Graeme Obree, who, as
an unemployed amateur, broke the World One Hour record on a
bike of his own revolutionary design, constructed out of
scrap metal and old washing machine parts.
From a humble background in Ayrshire, Scotland, Graeme Obree
(JONNY LEE MILLER) always had to fight for survival. As a
grown man, nothing had changed. When his beloved bicycle
shop went bust, Graeme had neither the money nor the
sponsorship necessary to realize his dream; to compete at
the highest level of world cycling. But it was always clear
from his complete passion for the sport and his many local
wins that he was destined for greatness. With the unwavering
support of his wife Anne (LAURA FRASER) – despite the fact
that they had recently had their first baby – and the help
of his close friend and newly-appointed manager Malky (BILLY
BOYD), he persevered. With the use of the work shop (and
occasional mentoring) of a friendly and peaceful minister,
Baxter (BRIAN COX) - and of course his racing bike ‘Old
Faithful’ - Graeme was finally on his way to the Hamar
Velodrome in Norway and the chance to go for the prestigious
World Hour Record.
But despite their determination and back-breaking work,
Graeme missed out on the record by some distance…
Distraught, but unfazed, he did the unimaginable. He
defiantly returned to the track the following morning, and
despite being in unbearable pain from the previous day’s
gruelling race, he smashed the world record, which had stood
for almost ten years.
But Graeme had always suffered from mental health problems
and he began to slip in and out of debilitating bouts of
depression; it soon became apparent that his career was in
danger of hitting the rocks. On top of everything, the World
Cycling Federation had been studying his unorthodox bike
design and racing position – and they could not bear his
unusual style tarnishing their sport. Graeme would soon
learn the lengths they would go to in order to stop him from
But, defiant, he refused to give up; and with the help of
Baxter’s sympathetic ear (understanding all too well
Graeme’s affliction), he made a phenomenal comeback. He
built another bike of radical design that squeezed through
the WCF’s strict guidelines – and against all the odds he
won the World Pursuit Championship – astonishingly beating
his rival, the Olympic Gold Medal holder Chris Boardman.
Graeme’s pioneering ‘Superman Position’ remains one of the
most defining images in the history of world cycling.
With fantastic high speed racing sequences, and gripping,
heartfelt performances by Jonny Lee Miller, Billy Boyd,
Laura Fraser and Brian Cox, this is a truly inspiring story
about one man’s extraordinary triumph over adversity. The
Flying Scotsman is Chariots of Fire meets Rocky meets Shine
– on wheels!
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