Picks and Pans Review: Spotlight On...

updated 07/22/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/22/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT



SUMMER MOVIES have brought us shootings, explosions, alien attacks—every kind of violence but no controversy. That may change on July 19, when Britain's Trainspotting arrives. The story of Edinburgh youths who steal and swear, Trainspotting has already caused an uproar in the U.K. Why? Because the characters—charming, in a squalid sort of way—wallow in heroin. One calls the drug "the best orgasm you've ever had; multiply it by a thousand and you're still nowhere near it."

London's Daily Mail said Trainspotting may turn on "millions of young people to the pleasures of heroin." It is certainly luring folks to theaters: the $2.5 million film has grossed over $20 million, making it the second most popular British film in the U.K. behind Four Weddings and a Funeral ($42 million). In the U.S., the R-rated movie will be distributed by Miramax. But the Disney-owned company says it's not worried about promoting drug use. "If you are going to give heroin a look," says marketing president Mark Gill, "this will be the movie to persuade you to look away."

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