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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.

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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:
... Felix Happer
... Mac
... Ben
... Urquhart
Norman Chancer ... Moritz
... Oldsen
Rikki Fulton ... Geddes
... Watt
... Marina
Jennifer Black ... Stella
Christopher Rozycki ... Victor
Gyearbuor Asante ... Rev Macpherson (as Christopher Asante)
... Cal (as John Jackson)
... Donaldson
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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oil | beach | shack | village | scotland | See All (76) »

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Comedy | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kisvárosi hõs  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The five-beat drum flourish at the end of the Knox promotional film (the one that Happer falls asleep during) is repeated at the very end of the credits. 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

Ben Knox: We all have to work.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Way it Always Starts
Written by Mark Knopfler
Vocal by Gerry Rafferty
Performed by Mark Knopfler, Alan Clark, Neil Jason and Steve Jordan
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Quirky brilliance
26 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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