IMDb > Local Hero (1983)
Local Hero
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Local Hero (1983) More at IMDbPro »

Local Hero -- Peter Riegert and Burt Lancaster star in Bill Forsyth's whimsical comedy of an oil company's attempted buyout of a Scottish seaport.


User Rating:
7.5/10   15,230 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 4% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Bill Forsyth (written by)
View company contact information for Local Hero on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
17 February 1983 (USA) See more »
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Simply the best, perfect little film ever made. See more (188 total) »


  (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
Michelle McCarel ... Switchboard Operator (as Michele McCarel)
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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Just before the first RAF Jaguar flies over the car, raindrops can be seen in the inside of the open door as they are feeding the rabbit. They stand up to look at the jet, and the car's roof has no raindrops on it.See more »
[Mac is buying shampoo]
Mrs. Wyatt:Dry, normal or greasy?
Mac MacIntyre:Normal. Extra normal.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Invisible Ink (2015/II)See more »
StargazerSee more »


What is the name of the theme song -written by Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits)?
See more »
95 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
Simply the best, perfect little film ever made., 24 April 2001
Author: finnigan2 from Ontario, Canada

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!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (188 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Local Hero (1983)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Other similar movies?... jasonkrugerh20
Flaws in this almost-perfect movie? robertgamer
Favorite Lines from Local Hero hokeybunch-1
Terrible wstock70
so where is the blu ray? casiokorg
who is the Local Hero william-blaik
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
My Own Private Idaho The Matador Love Actually 'I Know Where I'm Going!' Sunshine State
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.