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Local Hero (1983)

An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Mac
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Ben
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Norman Chancer ...
Moritz
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Rikki Fulton ...
Geddes
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Watt
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Marina
Jennifer Black ...
Stella
Christopher Rozycki ...
Gyearbuor Asante ...
Rev Macpherson (as Christopher Asante)
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Cal (as John Jackson)
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Donaldson
Tam Dean Burn ...
Roddy
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Oil billionaire Happer sends Mac to a remote Scotish villiage to secure the property rights for an oil refinery they want to build. Mac teams up with Danny and starts the negotiations, the locals are keen to get their hands on the 'Silver Dollar' and can't believe their luck. However a local hermit and beach scavenger, Ben Knox, lives in a shack on the crucial beach which he also owns. Happer is more interested in the Northern Lights and Danny in a surreal girl with webbed feet, Marina. Mac is used to a Houston office with fax machines but is forced to negotiate on Bens terms. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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oil | beach | shack | village | scotland | See All (76) »

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Comedy | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kisvárosi hõs  »

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Trivia

The area where the village is supposed to be is actually near a live bombing range. See more »

Goofs

Marina and Danny are looking at what Marina says are grey seals but which are Californian fur seals, which aren't native to Scotland. See more »

Quotes

Happer: Oldsen, I could grow to love this place.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster A-Go Go (1993) See more »

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Local Hero
by Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits)
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Quirky brilliance
26 May 2002 | by (Rossville, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

Some may be turned off by the apparent disregard of plot. Amazing characters, scenery and music make this a truly brilliant movie. It's a movie that may not be fully appreciated until you've seen it three or four times. Burt Lancaster steals the show in a small role. Peter Riegert is perfectly cast as a lost American who finds a place where he belongs. The memorable scenes are countless: the aurora borealis show, the eccentric beachcomber who offers to sell for a dollar per grain of sand in his hand, the injured rabbit, Riegert proposes to trade places with Gordon, etc., etc., etc. Mark Knofler's music is worth the price of admission alone. Definitely one of my all-time favorites.


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