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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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Marina
Jennifer Black ...
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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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SEK 3,626,858 (Sweden)
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During the opening credits, Mac can be seen driving his car while a radio station provides the background dialog. The radio station identifies itself as KNOX, which is the same name of the oil company that Mac works for. See more »

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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 »

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Urquhart: [bouncing on his bed] Oh boy, are we going to be rich!
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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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An inspired little film
20 May 2003 | by (Santa Monica, California) – See all my reviews

A refreshing change of pace; a whimsical, off-beat comedy with just enough plot to keep it going, just enough surprises in it to keep it interesting, and lots of great characters played by actors who really deliver.

The music by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits adds richness to the experience, and the cinematography vividly contrasts tangled, sterile, modern-day Houston with the cool, gorgeous, emerald green Scottish landscape and the peaceful, pristine coastal village of Furness.

Well worth the trip.


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