The Flying Scotsman

2006 PG-13 1h 36m DVD

The Flying Scotsman

2006 PG-13 1h 36m DVD
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When an amateur cyclist designs and builds his own bike from washing machine parts and other scrap, his dedication pays off as he breaks a world speed record and becomes a hero in this inspiring true story about one man's determination to win.
Jonny Lee Miller, Billy Boyd, Laura Fraser, Morven Christie, Steven Berkoff, Brian Cox, Sean Brown, Christopher Anderson, Ron Donachie, Julie Austin, Niall Macgregor
Douglas Mackinnon
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this based-on-a-true story sports movie aspires to be inspirational, which works half the time. But it also brings up questions about depression and madness, including an onscreen suicide attempt, which may not be answered by the film itself -- and may be tricky for teens to put into context. Other than that, the content is pretty mild.

Sexual Content

Some kissing between couples, but no more than that (sex is only hinted at).


Obree is bullied as a child (kicked, shoved, and worse) and meets up with the same mean crowd later, at which point he reacts with rage. He also tries to kill himself by hanging. (A father and a child find him.) Some shouting between Obree and his manager.


Mild. Some use of "damn."

Social Behavior

The main character makes a valiant effort to stay noble in the face of unfair judging during a race. He also clearly demonstrates that he's not a quitter. There are some dark moments when he's lost in the fog of depression and bullying by classmates when he's younger.


Bicycle paraphernalia, including wheels by Specialized.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking in pubs and at post-race celebrations (champagne popping).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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