The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman
Described by critics as borrowing from 'World's Fastest Indian', or as a 'Shine' on a bike, 'The Flying Scotsman' is based on the true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree.

In 1993, and as an unemployed amateur, Obree (Miller) set out to break the world one-hour record on a bike of his own revolutionary design. He made the bike out of an old BMX, scrap metal and parts from a washing machine.
2007Rating: M, contains offensive language96 minsGermany, UK
DramaSportTrue Story & Biography
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Parrallels the Worlds fastest Indian, but

tells of the triumph over personal problems as well as cycling authorities embracing ingenuity, determination and achievement. Well balanced as a bio, and well acted. You should see this one. When determination and compassion come together wonders can be achieved.

4.0
Variety

Variety

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A sincere but shallow drama based on a real-life story. Though its underdog elements were embraced with warmth by the partisan opening-night crowd at the Edinburgh fest, perfunctory approach to a script blending "The World's Fastest Indian" and "Shine" can't quite kickstart the emotional engines necessary to break away from the pack...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Biopic of a troubled cycling champ might not always be on the right track, but like that train it never runs out of puff...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Scotsman not only lacks vision, a true sense of how to mesh Obree's sporting triumphs and personal setbacks, but it also lacks passion. What it needs, as strange and tacky as it may sound, is a bit more madness...

Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

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Scotsman never soars emotionally and rarely gets out of second gear...

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

A sincere but shallow drama based on a real-life story. Though its underdog elements were embraced with warmth by the partisan opening-night crowd at the Edinburgh fest, perfunctory approach to a script blending "The World's Fastest Indian" and "Shine" can't quite kickstart the emotional engines necessary to break away from the pack...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Biopic of a troubled cycling champ might not always be on the right track, but like that train it never runs out of puff...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Scotsman not only lacks vision, a true sense of how to mesh Obree's sporting triumphs and personal setbacks, but it also lacks passion. What it needs, as strange and tacky as it may sound, is a bit more madness...

Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Scotsman never soars emotionally and rarely gets out of second gear...

2.0

Parrallels the Worlds fastest Indian, but

tells of the triumph over personal problems as well as cycling authorities embracing ingenuity, determination and achievement. Well balanced as a bio, and well acted. You should see this one. When determination and compassion come together wonders can be achieved.

4.0