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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.

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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 »
NewsDesk:
(72 articles)
User Reviews:
Quirky brilliance See more (184 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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
When Victor the Russian arrives, the first person he kisses is a small child, dressed exactly as he is (white turtleneck sweater, black pants) and same hair (black, long, curly). The child is held up by a blonde woman, joined by the old lady and the shopkeeper, all of whom are smitten with Victor throughout.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Happer leaves Knox's hut, Knox says, "Goodnight." As Happer strolls the beach past the helicopter, the sun's shadow falls directly in front of him. He is immediately joined by MacIntyre and Olsen, but the shadows on their bodies indicate that shot was taken at a different time.See more »
Quotes:
MacIntyre:[staring at the mob nearing Ben's house] Maybe they just want to talk to him?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ready to Wear (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wild ThemeSee more »

FAQ

What is the name of the theme song -written by Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits)?
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75 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Quirky brilliance, 26 May 2002
Author: fdtate from Rossville, GA, USA

Some may be turned off by the apparent disregard of plot. Amazing characters, scenery and music make this a truly brilliant movie. It's a movie that may not be fully appreciated until you've seen it three or four times. Burt Lancaster steals the show in a small role. Peter Riegert is perfectly cast as a lost American who finds a place where he belongs. The memorable scenes are countless: the aurora borealis show, the eccentric beachcomber who offers to sell for a dollar per grain of sand in his hand, the injured rabbit, Riegert proposes to trade places with Gordon, etc., etc., etc. Mark Knofler's music is worth the price of admission alone. Definitely one of my all-time favorites.

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