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

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19 December 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Pedra do Destino  »

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€6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£48,298 (UK) (10 October 2008)
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Robert Carlyle, who played John McCormick in this film, also starred in Hamish Macbeth (1995), a show whose final episode also dealt with a theft of the Stone of Destiny. See more »

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In 1950 Westminster Abbey was not sparkling clean as shown in the movie. It was a grayish / black color due to years of pollution. The stonework was only cleaned and restored very recently. 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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I've Got You Under My Skin
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Michael Bublé
Published by Chappell & Co.
Courtesy of Warner Music Canada Co.
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Enjoyable family film
15 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My wife and I took our 10 year old. The time didn't drag and it was nicely done. Not a life changing, earth shattering film that you'd necessarily bother to see again, but it passed a pleasant evening and we were glad we'd gone to see it. It captured the sometimes bumbling and chaotic nature of of this kind of endeavour, and there were a few edge of the seat moments. The acting was fine and it captured the feel of a different era when we weren't so paranoid about terrorism and public buildings were much more easily accessible. I guess a lot of non-Scots won't fully understand the reference to the Declaration of Arbroath (I saw it on display in Edinburgh many years ago and it blew me away - and I'm an Englishman!).


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