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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliet Cadzow ...
Alex Donald ...
London Policeman
John Comerford ...
Pub Landlord
Richard Addison ...
Tour Guide
Danielle Stewart ...
Brochure Girl
Suzanne Dance ...
Church Woman
Pauline King ...


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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Plot Keywords:

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


They didn't grab their destiny. They lifted it. See more »


Adventure | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some incidental smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 December 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Pedra do Destino  »

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Box Office


€6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£48,298 (United Kingdom), 10 October 2008, Limited Release
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The group is shown being arrested by the police at the end of the film, however in reality they were not arrested until some time later. The curator of Arbroath Abbey allowed the group sufficient time to make their escape before calling the police. See more »


[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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Written by A.C. Newman
Performed by The New Pornographers
Published by A.C. Newman
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Low budget but genuine film about rescuing the soul of a nation
19 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

This film is another worthwhile addition to the litany of low budget Scottish films. It's short on explosions and other spectacular effects; instead it majors on how the events in the film bring out the true selves of the key characters, while retaining a streak of slightly whimsical comedy. It reminded me very much of "On A Clear Day" -- indeed, one or two of the same actors appear -- but that film was about a man finding his own soul; this film is about finding the soul of a nation. Furthermore, it's true ... OK, so some of the events are re-ordered or omitted for dramatic effect, but much of what you see really did happen. Even the filming venues are genuine ... you really are seeing Glasgow University and you really are seeing the interior of Westminster Abbey. The music is genuinely Scottish too ... 'Wild Mountain Thyme' and 'Scots Wha Hae With Wallace Bled' form a lot of the backing music.

See this if you enjoyed 'On a Clear Day'; to a lesser extent it's also like 'The Full Monty', 'Heartlands', and 'Braveheart'.

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