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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 ...
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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First film score composed by Mark Knopfler. See more »

Goofs

The aforementioned "grey seals" segment is clearly stock footage, unmatched to the original material surrounding it in the rest of the film. 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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Referenced in Journey Bound See more »

Soundtracks

The Ceilidh: Louis' Favourite/Billy's Tune
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by the Acetones
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All-time favorite movie
10 May 1999 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Simply my favorite movie ever. Never fails to warm my heart, even after many, many viewings. Beautifully written, filmed, acted- everything works. I loved the whole movie, but especially the last scene. It just sums up the whole movie for me- friendship, not the material, is ultimately all that matters.

Great writing; a dozen well-developed characters. Gentle good humor, without demeaning anyone. A beautiful score, that fit the mood of the movie perfectly. Can't say enough about this movie- see it, see it, see it!


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