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Stone of Destiny (2008)

The story of Ian Hamilton, a dedicated nationalist who reignited Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland.

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Cast

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Ian Hamilton
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Gavin Vernon
Ciaron Kelly ...
Alan Stuart
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Bill Craig
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John MacCormick
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Harris, Ian's Father
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Mrs. McQuarry
Juliet Cadzow ...
Ian's Mother
Alex Donald ...
London Policeman
John Comerford ...
Pub Landlord
Richard Addison ...
Tour Guide
Danielle Stewart ...
Brochure Girl
Suzanne Dance ...
Church Woman
Pauline King ...
Jen
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The Stone of Destiny retells the fascinating and true story of four young Glaswegian students who, in 1951, outwitted the British authorities in their successful attempt to take back the Stone of Scone - a beloved symbol of Scottish pride, back to its country of origin. Written by Anonymous

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They didn't grab their destiny. They lifted it. See more »

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Rated PG for language and some incidental smoking | See all certifications »

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19 December 2008 (UK)  »

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Pedra do Destino  »

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€6,000,000 (estimated)

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£48,298 (UK) (10 October 2008)
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Christopher Lee was originally cast as "Elder Ian Hamilton", the lead character, now in his 80s, who begins to the tell the story of what happened 57 years ago. However, when the rough cut of the film was screened for a test audience, the director, editor and producers all decided that this device of a "Flashback" was not necessary to the film, and in fact, unnecessarily slowed down the beginning of the story. Therefore that scene was cut and as a result the film is told completely from the point of view of Young Ian Hamilton. See more »

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In the scene where Ian Hamilton leaves John MacCormick's house following his request for financial assistance for the raid on Westminster Abbey, McCormick throws him a white Bank of England £50 note through an upstairs window. As a result of Germany's Operation Bernhard, a currency forgery plot hatched by the Nazis, the Bank of England withdrew all denominations with values greater than £5 in 1943, and the £50 featured, ceased to be legal tender in 1945. While theoretically some £50 notes may still have been in private hands in 1950, it would not have been possible to use them. See more »

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[first lines]
Ian Hamilton: It was only a rock, a big lump of sandstone, you might pass right by it, but to us, it was symbol of our freedom, of our independence. We all knew about it of course, we learned as children how it was the Scottish stone of kings, but they took it from us. And as a nation is suppose we'd forgotten about it. Time does that. It was history.
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Written by Tony Walker & Paul McKenzie
Performed by The Real McKenzies
Published by Tony Walker & Paul McKenzie
Courtesy of Sudden Death Records
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A gem of a feel-good movie, and that's coming from an Englishman!!!
22 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Since around the 9th century, tradition holds that Scottish monarchs took their place upon the Stone of Scone during their coronation ceremony, until 1296 when it was captured by Edward I and placed in Westminster Abbey under a seat upon which English sovereigns were crowned, thereby showing the English power over the Scots. "Stone of Destiny" tells the true story of Ian Hamilton, a young student and nationalist, who was to attempt to return the Stone to its rightful place in Scotland and thereby right a long-standing injustice by the English.

The cast is strong and features the likes of Robert Carlyle, Brenda Fricker and Billy Boyd (that "fool of a Took"). However, Charlie Cox once again caught my attention following his leading role in Stardust. Given he is not a native Scot, he makes a great effort at the accent, and again manages to portray his character with a great balance of likability, determination and youthful exuberance, and gives us hope that some of the next generation's leading men can combine acting and looking good... Director Charles Martin Smith does wonderfully in conveying the underdog theme brilliantly with a good balance of action, comedy and emotion. It's a definite feel-good movie, with the people around me clapping at the end. 5 stars, a British gem.


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