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(1983)

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The film's soundtrack scored by Mark Knopfler sold better than the movie itself.
First film score composed by Mark Knopfler.
The asteroid "7345 Happer" is named after actor Burt Lancaster's Happer character in this movie who is keen on astronomy. It also fulfilled Lancaster's wish to have a comet named after him.
Was Vice-President Al Gore's favorite movie when asked by Oprah Winfrey during her September 11, 2000 program. Gore was a candidate for President at the time.
The area where the village is supposed to be is actually near a live bombing range.
The village seen in the movie was not near the beach that the characters walk on, they were on opposite sides of Scotland. To make the connection, a cardboard church was built at the end of the beach to match the church in the village.
After the movie came out, many people went in search of the village with the red phone booth. It can be found in the village of Pennan on the Moray Coast, Scotland.
The movie was filmed in the style of the old English Ealing comedies.
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.
The 'Scottish Sun' newspaper once reported that the Warner Bros. studio wanted actor Henry Winkler for the lead role of Mac which was rejected by director Bill Forsyth. Mac was cast with Peter Riegert.
The building Happer leaves for Scotland from is the former Texas Commerce Bank Tower (JP Morgan Chase Tower as of 2006). In the background is the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Perfoming Arts.
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"Happer Boulevard" (seen when Happer is leaving for Scotland) is actually Milam St. in downtown Houston.
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The village used is called Pennan but it is on the East coast unlike the one in the film. The beach used is called Camusdarach and IS on the West coast
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Writer-director Bill Forsyth said in "Local Hero: The Making of the Film" (1983) by Alan Hunter and Mark Astaire: "I saw it along the lines of a Scottish Beverly Hillbillies -- what would happen to a small community when it suddenly became immensely rich -- that was the germ of the idea and the story built itself from there. It seemed to contain a similar theme to Brigadoon (1954), which also involved some Americans coming over to Scotland, becoming part of a small community, being changed by the experience and affecting the place in their own way. I feel close in spirit to the Powell and Pressburger feeling, the idea of trying to present a cosmic viewpoint to people, but through the most ordinary things. And because both this film and 'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945) are set in Scotland, I've felt from the beginning that we're walking the same... treading the same water."
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The film featured a cast of mostly unknown Scottish actors.
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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.
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The name of the American oil company was 'Knox Oil and Gas'.
Peter Riegert's character, Mac MacIntyre, featured the word 'Mac' in both his first and last names.
The name of the northern skies natural light display seen in this movie was the Aurora Borealis.
Actor Burt Lancaster was sixty-nine years of age when he appeared in this movie.
Mac's apartment building in Houston is The Willowick located at 2200 Willowick Road. When he walks outside at the end of the film, you can initially see past River Oaks to Downtown in the distance, followed by Lamar Tower, a set of buildings in Greenway Plaza and the AT&T building further down Willowick. While the film portrays the location as being heavily urban, in reality it was and remains mostly residential.

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