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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.

Director:

Bill Forsyth

Writer:

Bill Forsyth
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Felix Happer
Peter Riegert ... Mac
Fulton Mackay ... Ben
Denis Lawson ... Urquhart
Norman Chancer Norman Chancer ... Moritz
Peter Capaldi ... Oldsen
Rikki Fulton Rikki Fulton ... Geddes
Alex Norton ... Watt
Jenny Seagrove ... Marina
Jennifer Black Jennifer Black ... Stella
Christopher Rozycki Christopher Rozycki ... Victor
Gyearbuor Asante Gyearbuor Asante ... Rev Macpherson (as Christopher Asante)
John M. Jackson ... Cal (as John Jackson)
Dan Ammerman ... Donaldson
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Roddy
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Storyline

Oil billionaire Happer sends Mac to a remote Scottish village 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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kiss | oil | beach | shack | village | See All (76) »

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A beautiful coastline... A rich oil man wants to develop it. A poor beach bum wants to live on it. An entire town wants to profit by it. And a real-live mermaid wants to save it... Only one of them will get their way.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian | Japanese

Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kisvárosi hõs See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,567, 21 February 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,895,761
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Happer leaves his penthouse office to enter his adjacent apartment, he uses a remote control to reveal the apartment's single doorway entrance. Yet in the next sequence, Happer is shown cooking in the kitchen, with the same entrance in the background - double-doored. See more »

Quotes

MacIntyre: [desperate to make the deal] Look, how much do you want?
Ben Knox: [fills his hands with sand] Would you pay me a pound for every grain of sand in my hand?
[drops some sand]
Ben Knox: Ah, well, that saves you some. Well, would you do it?
MacIntyre: No. Of course not.
Ben Knox: Ah, well that's a pity. You missed out on a good bargain, for I can only hold about ten thousand grains of sand in my hands. Did you think it would be more?
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 14 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beverly Hills, 90210: Local Hero (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rocks and the Thunder
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by Alan Clark
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A Classic From (But Not Of) the 80's
22 December 2002 | by DD-931See all my reviews

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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