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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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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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PG | See all certifications »

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18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kisvárosi hõs  »

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1.85 : 1
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Writer-director Bill Forsyth said in "Local Hero: The Making of the Film" (1983) by Alan Hunter and Mark Astaire: "I saw it along the lines of a Scottish Beverly Hillbillies -- what would happen to a small community when it suddenly became immensely rich -- that was the germ of the idea and the story built itself from there. It seemed to contain a similar theme to Brigadoon (1954), which also involved some Americans coming over to Scotland, becoming part of a small community, being changed by the experience and affecting the place in their own way. I feel close in spirit to the Powell and Pressburger feeling, the idea of trying to present a cosmic viewpoint to people, but through the most ordinary things. And because both this film and 'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945) are set in Scotland, I've felt from the beginning that we're walking the same... treading the same water." 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

Watt: Of course, we don't need that ice age. We can divert the gulf-stream and unfreeze the Arctic Circle. He proved it right here, but they won't listen. They want to freeze.
Geddes: Thank you Norman, but there was no need to bring that up.
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Referenced in Invisible Ink (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way it Always Starts
Written by Mark Knopfler
Vocal by Gerry Rafferty
Performed by Mark Knopfler, Alan Clark, Neil Jason and Steve Jordan
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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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