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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.
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Felix Happer
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Mac
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Ben
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Urquhart
Norman Chancer ...
Moritz
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Oldsen
Rikki Fulton ...
Geddes
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Watt
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Marina
Jennifer Black ...
Stella
Christopher Rozycki ...
Victor
Gyearbuor Asante ...
Rev Macpherson (as Christopher Asante)
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Cal (as John Jackson)
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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
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Jonathan
Mark Winchester ...
Ace Tone
Dave Anderson ...
Fraser (as David Anderson)
Alan Clark ...
Ace Tone
Alan Darby ...
Ace Tone
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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
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Ricky
Anne Thompson ...
Switchboard Operator
Sandra Voe ...
Mrs Fraser
Dale Winchester ...
Ace Tone
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Iain

Directed by

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Bill Forsyth

Written by

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Bill Forsyth ... (written by)

Produced by

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David Puttnam ... producer
Iain Smith ... associate producer

Music by

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Mark Knopfler

Cinematography by

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Chris Menges ... (lighting cameraman)

Film Editing by

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Michael Bradsell

Editorial Department

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Jim Howe ... first assistant editor
Anne Sopel ... second assistant editor

Production Design by

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Roger Murray-Leach

Art Direction by

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Adrienne Atkinson
Frank Walsh
Ian Watson

Makeup Department

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Karen Dawson ... makeup assistant
Tommie Manderson ... makeup supervisor
Barbara Sutton ... hairdresser

Production Management

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Patricia Churchill ... production manager: U.S. (as Pat Churchill)
Robin Douet ... production manager: U.K.

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Steve Simmonds ... modeller

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Susie Figgis ... casting
Penny Perry ... casting: U.S.

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Pip Newbery ... costumes
Penny Rose ... costumes

Location Management

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Dennis Bishop ... location manager: (U.S)
David Brown ... location manager

Transportation Department

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Robbie Sandison ... driver: grip truck (uncredited)

Other crew

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Iain Brown ... National Film School attachment
Craig Busch ... production assistant
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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines 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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un tipo genial (Spain)
  • Biznesmen i gwiazdy (Poland)
  • Мiсцевий герой (Ukraine)
  • Momento Inesquecível (Brazil)
  • Local Hero: En raffinert oljekomedie (Norway)
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  • 111 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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. See more »
Goofs During scenes on the beach, snow appears and disappears on the mountains of Rhum in the background between shots. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Local Hero See more »
Quotes Townsman: Are you sure there are two l's in 'dollar', Gideon?
Gideon: Yes! An' are there two g's in 'bugger off'?
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