Stone of Destiny

2008

Adventure / Comedy / Crime

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 53%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 58%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 3948

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Cast

Ron Donachie as Night Watchman
Brenda Fricker as Mrs. McQuarry
Stephen McCole as Gavin Vernon
Peter Mullan as Harris Hamilton
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

In many ways, it was like the Three Stooges orchestrating a robbery....and yet somehow it worked!

I am just going to say it up front....this story is about the SUCCESSFUL theft of the sacred Stone of Destiny (also called the Stone of Scone). I say this up front because most Brits know about the stone and its theft back in 1950--or at least they should. So it's not like it's a huge secret, but I checked the spoiler alert so that readers will know that I am divulging a secret. Why did a group of Scots sneak into Westminster Abbey to steal some rock anyway?! Well, this was the coronation stone which traditionally sat underneath the Scottish monarchs when they were made king or queen--and it was stolen by the English in the late 13th century. Over the years, Scots felt a sting to their pride and ultimately a group of Scottish nationalists stole it back...temporarily. The film is about the students responsible and it recreates the crime (whether it was a crime depends on your perspective).

This is a very well acted film featuring mostly young unknown actors. Despite their inexperience, the film did a nice job of conveying the story and was assisted by the man who was actually behind this theft! All in all, a very interesting film--especially since the entire operation was so incredibly amateurish and shouldn't have succeeded! As I say above, it was like the Three Stooges pulling off a heist--something that never should have happened BUT which makes those not involved in any way (like this American with neither Scottish nor English heritage) laugh at the absurdity of it all. Well worth seeing.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

good old fashion caper

It's 1950 Glasgow. Ian Hamilton (Charlie Cox) and his friend Bill Craig (Billy Boyd) are young Scottish Nationalists. John MacCormick (Robert Carlyle) is pushing for a Scottish Parliament and home rule. There is much apathy at home and rejection in London. Ian comes up with the idea of retaking the Stone of Destiny. It was the seat of Scottish royalty that was taken by the English to Westminster Abbey in London and incorporated into the Coronation Chair. Ian cases the Abbey and goes to MacCormick for financial help who is surprised by his lowly £50 request. Bill backs out fearing arrest. MacCormick directs Ian to Kay Matheson (Kate Mara) who brings along strong Gavin Vernon who then brings along his skinny friend Alan Stuart and a rundown car.

This works as a good old fashion caper film. It's got plenty of underdog and a large splash of Scottish nationalism. Charlie Cox is solid with the wide-eyed youthful exuberance. The group's chemistry is generally good. The ending gets a bit too sentimental but that's perfectly fine for this movie.

Reviewed by boblipton 7 / 10

Fierce And Funny

1950, four students -- Kay Matheson, Gavin Vernon, Alan Stuart, and Ian Hamilton -- were disappointed by Scotland's refusal to form its own Parliament. So they stole the Stone Of Destiny from Westminster Cathedral. This is their story. As told by Ian Hamilton, anyway, played here by Charlie Cox.

The Stone of Detiny is also know as the Stone of Scone and a bunch of other titles. Supposedly found in MacBeth's castle, it was used as part of the coronation of Scottish kings until 1296, when Edward I took it south and used it as part of England's coronation regalia.

The story is told with good humor and some lovely photography of Scottish countryside and British interiors by Glen Winter. Hamilton has a brief appearance in the movie.

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