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
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Did You Know?
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
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
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.
Thank you Norman, but there was no need to bring that up.
Referenced in Invisible Ink
The Way it Always Starts
Written by Mark Knopfler
Vocal by Gerry Rafferty
Performed by Mark Knopfler
, Alan Clark
, Neil Jason
and Steve Jordan See more