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Director:
Writer:
Bill Forsyth (written by)
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Release Date:
17 February 1983 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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A Classic From (But Not Of) the 80's See more (182 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Felix Happer

Peter Riegert ... Mac

Fulton Mackay ... Ben

Denis Lawson ... Urquhart
Norman Chancer ... Moritz

Peter Capaldi ... Oldsen
Rikki Fulton ... Geddes

Alex Norton ... Watt

Jenny Seagrove ... Marina
Jennifer Black ... Stella
Christopher Rozycki ... Victor
Gyearbuor Asante ... Rev Macpherson (as Christopher Asante)

John M. Jackson ... Cal (as John Jackson)

Dan Ammerman ... Donaldson
Tam Dean Burn ... Roddy
Luke Coulter ... Baby
Karen Douglas ... Mrs Wyatt
Kenny Ireland ... Skipper
Harlan Jordan ... Fountain
Charles Kearney ... Peter
Betty Macey ... Switchboard Operator
David Mowat ... Gideon
John Poland ... Anderson
Brian Rowan ... Ace Tone
Ann Scott-Jones ... Linda Fraser (as Anne Scott Jones)
Ian Stewart ... Mr Bulloch
Tanya Ticktin ... Russian Girl

Jonathan Watson ... Jonathan
Mark Winchester ... Ace Tone
Dave Anderson ... Fraser (as David Anderson)
Alan Clark ... Ace Tone
Alan Darby ... Ace Tone
Caroline Guthrie ... Pauline
Ray Jeffries ... Andrew
Willie Joss ... Sandy
James Kennedy ... Edward
Michele McCarel ... Switchboard Operator
Roddy Murray ... Ace Tone
Buddy Quaid ... Crabbe
Edith Ruddick ... Old Lady

John Gordon Sinclair ... Ricky
Anne Thompson ... Switchboard Operator
Sandra Voe ... Mrs Fraser
Dale Winchester ... Ace Tone
Jimmy Yuill ... Iain

Directed by
Bill Forsyth 
 
Writing credits
Bill Forsyth (written by)

Produced by
David Puttnam .... producer
Iain Smith .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Knopfler 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges (lighting cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
 
Production Design by
Roger Murray-Leach 
 
Art Direction by
Adrienne Atkinson 
Frank Walsh 
Ian Watson 
 
Makeup Department
Karen Dawson .... makeup assistant
Tommie Manderson .... makeup supervisor
Barbara Sutton .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Patricia Churchill .... production manager: U.S. (as Pat Churchill)
Robin Douet .... production manager: U.K.
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Benson .... first assistant director
Matthew Binns .... assistant director
Melvin Lind .... assistant director
Joel Tuber .... assistant director: (U.S )
Richard Hawley .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Steve Allaway .... chargehand carpenter
Tony Allaway .... carpenter (as Anthony Allaway)
Les Beaver .... chargehand rigger
Dennis Bovington .... carpenter
Dave Coldham .... plasterer (as David Coldham)
Roy Evans .... construction manager
Barry Gates .... stagehand
John Gorham .... graphics
Martin Hammerton .... stand-by carpenter
Roy Hansford .... carpenter
Alec Hearn .... drape
George Hobbs .... stand-by rigger
John Hogan .... props
John Hurley .... painter
George Malin .... dressing props
Norman North .... stand-by painter
Jill Quertier .... production buyer
Eamonn Redmond .... stand-by stagehand
Cornelius 'Ted' Restall .... chargehand painter (as Ted Restall)
Ray Staples .... plasterer
Bill Stark .... props
Ted Stickley .... dressing props
Arthur Wicks .... property master
 
Sound Department
Allan Brereton .... sound assistant
Ian Fuller .... dubbing editor
David Grimsdale .... assistant dubbing editor
Louis Kramer .... sound mixer
Ray Merrin .... assistant dubbing mixer
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Mike Tucker .... boom operator
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Carnell .... special effects
Stuart Galloway .... special effects
Dennis Harrison .... special effects rigger
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects
Patrick McColgan .... special effects
Tommy Parker .... special effects rigger
Peter Skehan .... special effects
Wally Veevers .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Simmonds .... modeller
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Ainslie .... clapper loader
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera grip (as Ken Atherfold)
Graham Attwood .... unit stillsman
John Beach .... electrician
Michael Coulter .... camera operator (as Mike Coulter)
Micky Davey .... electrician
Ron Lyons .... electrician
Brian Martin .... chargehand electrician
Jan Pester .... focus puller
Ronnie Rampton .... gaffer electrician
Micky Wilson .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Susie Figgis .... casting
Penny Perry .... casting: U.S.
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pip Newbery .... costumes
Penny Rose .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Jim Howe .... first assistant editor
Anne Sopel .... second assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Robbie Sandison .... driver: grip truck (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dennis Bishop .... location manager: (U.S )
David Brown .... location manager
Iain Brown .... National Film School attachment
Diane Chittell .... producer's secretary: (U.S )
Teresa Colman .... director's secretary
Louise Coulter .... assistant accountant
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist (as Susan D'Arcy)
Charles Finch .... runner
John Hemmings .... liaison: Kay Laboratories London
Gus Maclean .... runner
Maggie Phelan .... assistant accountant
Ron Phipps .... production accountant
Pat Rambaut .... continuity
Anne Rapp .... continuity: (U.S )
Mary Richards .... production secretary
Lynda Smith .... producer's secretary
Rona Lamont .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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111 min
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Trivia:
First film score composed by Mark Knopfler.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Mac's facial hair is constantly changing between shots throughout the film.See more »
Quotes:
Victor:How are things? I heard about the ceilihd.
Gordon Urquhart:Oh, we've lots to tell you. We've been invaded by America. We're all gonna be rich.
Victor:Really?
Gordon Urquhart:We won't have anywhere to call home, but we'll be stinkin' rich.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Rocks and the ThunderSee more »

FAQ

What is the name of the theme song -written by Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits)?
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88 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
A Classic From (But Not Of) the 80's, 22 December 2002
Author: Darryl Cox (DD-931) from Norman, Oklahoma

I consider this one of the 10 best movies I've ever seen (and to paraphrase John Cleese from LIFE OF BRIAN, I've seen a few). It is definitely the funniest movie of the 80's, just ahead of RAISING ARIZONA. And although LOCAL HERO and RAISING ARIZONA are quite dissimilar films, they do share one distinction: they were both made in the 80's, yet they go totally against the grain of movies made during that decade. All the shallow, cheap, go for the simple-minded lowest common denominator audience garbage that was so much a part of the 80's is missing here.

What is most special about LOCAL HERO to me is how it not only respects it's audience, but seems to show an against-all-odds affection for humanity that INCLUDES the audience. Bill Forsyth cares about every character that inhabits his film, and in a very gentle, open-handed way he seems to want to share his characters with the audience so that the audience might see the best of themselves in some aspect of those characters.

I can understand why Forsyth didn't develop into a major moviemaker in Hollywood, in the same way that I can understand why some people find this movie boring. But somehow, to me, keeping this movie alive along with all its' other fans is part of a cockeyed optimism about people that, these days, seems to be very much against-the-grain.

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