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Stone of Destiny (2008)



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Prolific actor/director Charles Martin Smith takes the helm for this lighthearted adventure comedy recounting the theft of the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey. Based on the memoirs of Ian Hamilton, Stone of Destiny follows the determined student's reckless quest to make the ultimate symbolic gesture for Scottish independence. Charlie Cox stars in a film featuring Robert Carlyle, Billy Boyd, Stephen McCole, and Kate Mara.

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Charlie Cox
as Ian Hamilton
Billy Boyd
as Bill Craig
Kate Mara
as Kay Matheson
Robert Carlyle
as John MacCormick
Brenda Fricker
as Mrs. McQuarry
Ciaron Kelly
as Alan Stuart
Juliet Cadzow
as Ian's mother
Peter Mullan
as Ian's Father
Stephen McCole
as Gavin Vernon
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Critic Reviews for Stone of Destiny

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Writer/director Charles Martin Smith brings energy and wit to this British-Canadian co-production.

February 20, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Written and directed by an American, the film nevertheless feels closer to the 'British' spirit of the old Ealing comedies, something emphasised by its old-fashioned ambience and its charming evocation of the period.

December 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
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Writer/director Charles Martin Smith is American, which wouldn't matter if this didn't feel so much like a wee-dram-and-bagpipes invitation to a mythical Scotland of yesteryear.

December 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This unabashedly sentimental and outright anti-English pic is stodgy as a cheap haggis with nationalistic sentimentality.

October 18, 2008

Smith, who also wrote the screenplay, is all brisk efficiency over the course of the movie's fat-free 96 minutes.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

To call it a pleasant, watchable picture is to damn it with the faint praise that it seems to solicit.

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stone of Destiny


Stone of destiny is one of those independent films that really stands out due to its plot, great cast and effective directing. I really enjoyed the film and thought it had the perfect amount of drama and comedy. Also it had plenty of heart. This is an enjoyable film that is simple in its ideas, but the result is inspired and accomplished. Of course the film has its fair share of problems, but it manages to soar above its problems to really be a fun and entertaining picture worth seeing. The cast here do a wonderful job and they each bring something truly remarkable to the screen. The film is an accomplished independent production and is one of the better low budget affairs. This is a good film with standout performances. The plot is interesting and well thought out. If you come across this film, I suggest you give it a shot because it is a surprisingly effective film that will entertain from start to finish. The Stone of Destiny is wonderful fun and with the talent involved, you know you're going to get a well acted film with a well written script. The film may be imperfect in some areas, but for the most part it definitely is an effort worthy of seeing. Films like this should be made more aware of in the viewers mind, as I find them more compelling than most big budget picture, which most of the time fails to truly entertain. If you're looking for a far better film than most blockbusters and want something with a truly entertaining story with talented cast members, then this is the film for you.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A fun, inspiring, and deeeelightful Scottish tale based on true events. The cast and characters are strong, scenery beautiful, and the score a perfect match. Just a fun, witty little film.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Cast: Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Stephen McCole, Ciaran Kelly, Billy Boyd, Robert Carlyle, Peter Mullan, Brenda Fricker, Rab Affleck, Gillian Aitken, Janine Ballantyne, Ross Bennie Director: Charles Martin Smith Summary: Based on true events of 1950, this comic adventure follows Scottish nationalist Ian Hamilton (Charlie Cox) and three other young men as they make a daring raid on Westminster Abbey in an attempt to return the historic Stone of Scone to Scotland. Hamilton and his cohorts must outwit British authorities in their mission to right a centuries-old wrong and revive Scottish national pride. My Thoughts: "I really enjoyed this Scottish tale. I rooted for the character's and wanted them to succeed. It's so great what these students did for their people and their country. Inspiring. Great acting by all. The character's were believable which is important when playing an actual person. Just an all around good movie."


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