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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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Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kisvárosi hõs  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,567 (USA) (21 February 1983)

Gross:

$5,895,761 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Happer's penthouse office near the beginning of the film, when he tells Moritz to get out and then calls him back, the door swings open and canned "elevator" music is just audible, playing very softly outside the office. The melody is Victor's song which appears much later at the ceilidh, "Even the Lone Star State gets Lonesome." 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

Gordon Urquhart: [looks first at Ben walking home and then looks at the crowd staring at him] Let's walk him home.
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Connections

Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.45 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ceilidh: Louis' Favourite/Billy's Tune
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by the Acetones
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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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