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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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stone | abbey | student | car | scotland | See All (76) »

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A heist 600 years in the making See more »

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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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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Budget:

€6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£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 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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Tae the Battle
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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Why the Negative Press?
9 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I went to see Stone of Destiny recently and have to say that I very impressed. I felt that the director captured the 1950s period perfectly Personally I didn't see much wrong with the movie, which I found humorous and witty with some of the actors playing their parts extremely well.

As far as any negative press re the movie is concerned I believe that there may be a Political slant on this as it may well be that Unionist political parties were a little frightened of the movie stirring up a wave of Scottish Nationalism which under the current climate may have resulted in Independence for Scotland!

They cant afford to lose us Scots you know?

We have so much going for us in Scotland and for those people who say that they are happy with the Union, fair enough, but there are also a great many who aren't and would love the opportunity to go it alone.

The time has Come

Scotland the Brave!


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