Big question: Can "The Flying Scotsman" make a compelling movie out of this true story--even though no biker's tale may ever be as powerful as Lance Armstrong's?
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Catch it: If you want a reminder that men of the cloth are real people too. Obree's priest friend (Brian Cox) isn't too holy to sneak a portable TV on to the pulpit!
Bottom line: Apparently, Obree's self-worth relied on becoming part of riding history just because bullies picked on him as a kid. Beyond that, "The Flying Scotsman" never really reveals what makes this cyclist's wheels turn.
Bonus: Need help getting up for work? Obree has a foolproof wake-up system: "No alarm clock like a full bladder."
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'The Flying Scotsman'
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon; screenplay by John Brown, Declan Hughes, Simon Rose; photographed by Gavin Finney; edited by Colin Monie; music by Martin Phipps; production design by Mike Gunn; produced by Peter Broughan, Peter Gallagher and Sara Giles. A Metro Goldwyn Mayer release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:36. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for some mature thematic elements and strong language).
Graeme Obree - Jonny Lee Miller
Anne Obree - Laura Fraser
Malky - Billy Boyd
Douglas Baxter - Brian Cox
Ernst Hagemann - Steven Berkoff
Adult gang leader - Niall Fulton