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The Flying Scotsman

Lanky, iron-jawed Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) stars in this slow-moving 2006 biopic about Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree, who broke world records in the early 90s but was driven to attempt suicide by crippling bipolar disease. Obree designed a radically improved vehicle and parlayed his amateur exploits into a professional racing career, overcoming the obstruction and class prejudice of the World Cycling Federation. Brian Cox does sturdy work as the minister who helps Obree combat depression, and first-time director Douglas Mackinnon gets a big assist from Obree himself, who doubled for Miller in some shots and filmed others with a camera strapped to his handlebars. With Billy Boyd and Laura Fraser. PG-13, 96 min.

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