The film opens in Scotland in 1950, but the story of The Stone begins long before that. Better known as The Stone of Scone, it is believed to have first been used in the 9th century when the Scottish monarchy took their place on it during their coronation ceremony. But in 1296, Edward I, known as “Longshanks,” took the stone to Westminster Abbey to show the power England held over the Scots. The Stone was fitted into a wooden chair, known as St. Edward`s Chair, which has been used by all succeeding English sovereigns (except Queen Mary II) during the coronation ceremony. It was last used by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. But back to the story, and the film. Some seven centuries after The Stone was taken from Scotland, Ian Hamilton, a young political activist from Glasgow who is preparing to study law, persuades three friends to help him liberate The Stone. They break into Westminster Abbey in the early hours of Christmas morning and remove this powerful symbol of Scotland`s nationhood. To avoid detection and capture, they leave it in a field in Kent. Eventually, with some twists and turns, which includes a run-in with a group of “Travelers,” they are able to move the Stone to Scotland`s Arbroath Abbey. While their grand gesture ultimately results in their arrest, they are never prosecuted. The Stone was returned to Westminster Abbey, but with the re-emerging wave of Scottish nationalism The Stone of Destiny was returned to Edinburgh in 1996. The film is based On the Book “The Taking of The Stone of Destiny” by Ian Hamilton Q.C., who also shows up in a small role in the movie.
97 Minutes – Drama Canadian Distributor: Alliance Films Released February 20, 2009 Review of the DVD
MAIN CAST: Charlie Cox Kate Mara Stephen McCole Ciaron Kelly Billy Boyd Robert Carlyle Peter Mullan Brenda Fricker Juliet Cadzow Alex Donald John Comerford Richard Addison Danielle Stewart Suzanne Dance Pauline King Bryan Lowe Margaret Newlands Ron Donachie Rab Affleck Stewart Porter Bernard Horsfall Stephen Clyde Johnny Meres Stewart Cairns Ian Hamilton Alan Cuthbertson Gillian Aitken Janine Ballantyne Ross Bennie Adrienne Fraser Mark Harvey Ashley McFarlane Iain McGregor Johnny Meres Rod Scott Adam Smith
Ian Hamilton Kay Matheson Gavin Vernon Alan Stuart Bill Craig John MacCormick Ian`s father Mrs. McQuarry Ian`s Mother London Policeman Pub Landlord Tour Guide Brochure Girl Church Woman Jen Brian, Student in a Pub B&B Owner Murphy, Night Watchman Elderly Traveler Veteran in Pub Archdeacon Abbey Constable Detective Reporter English Businessman Police Officer CID 1950`s Student 1950`s Student 1950`s Student 1950`s Student Cheering Student Gavin`s Girl 1 Abbey Worker Detective Simpkins Policeman Tourist