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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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 <>

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18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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The film featured a cast of mostly unknown Scottish actors. See more »


Just before the first RAF Jaguar flies over the car, raindrops can be seen in the inside of the open door as they are feeding the rabbit. They stand up to look at the jet, and the car's roof has no raindrops on it. See more »


Mac MacIntyre: Any comets around?
Ben Knox: Do ye want to buy a comet now?
Mac MacIntyre: Maybe.
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Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by Mark Knopfler, Alan Clark, Mike Brecker and Tony Levin
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All-time favorite movie
10 May 1999 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Simply my favorite movie ever. Never fails to warm my heart, even after many, many viewings. Beautifully written, filmed, acted- everything works. I loved the whole movie, but especially the last scene. It just sums up the whole movie for me- friendship, not the material, is ultimately all that matters.

Great writing; a dozen well-developed characters. Gentle good humor, without demeaning anyone. A beautiful score, that fit the mood of the movie perfectly. Can't say enough about this movie- see it, see it, see it!

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