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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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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Storyline

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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18 February 1983 (USA)  »

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A kisvárosi hõs  »

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Trivia

The name of the American oil company was 'Knox Oil and Gas'. See more »

Goofs

When Mac and Danny stop the car to check out the thump, the car's lights are off. When they get back into the car and decide to stay put for the night due to the fog, the lights are on, and Mac asks Danny to turn them off. See more »

Quotes

[Morris is still doing abuse therapy despite Happer's wishers]
Morris: [on phone] You're an asshole, Happer! You love it! Craphound!
[Happer hangs up. He goes back to his omelette, pauses and slowly picks up phone]
Morris: [gleefully] I'm still here, Happer! And you're still a useless mother -...
[Happer slams the receiver back on the phone]
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Connections

Referenced in Movie Connections: Local Hero (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rocks and the Water
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by Mark Knopfler and Alan Clark
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Simply the best, perfect little film ever made.
24 April 2001 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

A real sleeper of a movie. I rented it without knowing anything about this film beforhand and was taken prisoner from start to finish. I honestly didn't want the movie to end. Full of interesting and amusing characters, a terrific musical score, wryly satirical without being demeaning of anyone; it invites you into a totally believable world where you begin to care about the fate of everyone and there are no false notes in the script, direction or performances.

If anyone ever doubted the importance of a screenplay in the success of a movie or thought that a big budget, lots of pyrotechnics and loads of special effects could cover up a movie's shortcomings - see this film. It should be required at all film schools as an example of what can be accomplished on a little budget but with good ideas and lots of talent. A perfect 10 - times 2!


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