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Stone of Destiny

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97 Minutes – Drama
Language: English
Release date: February 20, 2009
Canadian Distributor: Alliance Films

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.

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Stone of Destiny, movie, poster,

Crew:

Producer:

Andrew Boswell
Rob Merilees

Executive Producer:

Grace Hartley
Victor Loewy
Michael S. Murphey
Carole Sheridan
Charles Martin Smith
William Vince
Terrence Yason

Co-Producer:

Alan Martin

Associate Producer:

Tim Gywn-Jones

Line Producer:

Peter Gallagher

Director:

Charles Martin Smith

Screenwriter:

Charles Martin Smith

Cinematographer:

Glen Winter

Editor:

Fredrik Thorsen

Composer:

Mychael Danna

Production Designer:

Tom Sayer

Art Director:

Andy Thomson

Costume Designer:

Trisha Biggar

Cast: Roles:

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