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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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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)  »

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Pedra do Destino  »

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€6,000,000 (estimated)

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£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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The statues in the niches above the door are modern - the niches having been empty since the middle ages - and among the martyrs is Martin Luther King Jr., who was very much alive in 1950. There is a sign next to the entrance to the West gate which explains the statues were unveiled by the Queen in 1998 so they certainly weren't there when the heist took place. See more »

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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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Mutiny, I Promise You
Written by A.C. Newman
Performed by The New Pornographers
Published by A.C. Newman
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Stirring and fun: and a terrific true adventure story
10 May 2009 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Stone of Destiny is stirring and while it never claims to be Braveheart it does capture a lot of what Scotland's quest to be free is all about; and is surprisingly moving.

A fun film about the true theft of the very potent symbol of Scottish heritage also known as Jacob's Pillow (As Jacob was meant to have slept on it after wrestling the angel in Genesis): the Scottish coronation stone.

It is simply told with old-fashioned values - it reminded us of 1950s cinema - something about a good story well-told, a caper with moral vision, if you will.

Above all it was fun. The time whizzed by and it really is an entertaining watch. The attempts to capture the 50s are good, there are some slight anachronisms here and there but overall it holds good. The actors all give it their all and there is a real sense of fun to be had here.

If you want a great adventure story and like true stories then this will definitely be your cup of tea.


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