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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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Cast

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Mac
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Ben
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Norman Chancer ...
Moritz
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Rikki Fulton ...
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Jennifer Black ...
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 Scottish village 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,567, 21 February 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,895,761
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the northern skies natural light display seen in this movie was the Aurora Borealis. See more »

Goofs

Mac's watch left on a rock would not just lie there as waves hit it unless it were attached to the rock. See more »

Quotes

Happer: What about the sky?
MacIntyre: [observing the northern lights] Sky, sir? It's amazing. I wish you could see it! I wish I could describe it to you like I'm seeing it!
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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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Nobody does it better than the Brits.
20 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

This cinematic piece of enchantment has been aptly praised in the other reviews preceding this one. I really didn't know what to expect when I saw this on cable, but it became an instant favorite. It is so true, so touching, that I felt pangs of sadness when it came to an end. A hopeful end, to be sure. I used to wonder about the casting of Peter Riegert in the lead (I think Dennis Leary would have been perfect in this role). But after several viewings, I have grown to like and appreciate Riegert's performance very much. (I'm one of those superficial twits who perfer good-looking leading men like Sam Neill and Brad Pitt.) And Riegert's non-Scottish appearance is taken care of in the script. Any movie that can raise the consciousness of its audience without preaching is a rarity, and this beautiful film manages to do just that. Certainly one of the best films ever made.


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