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Restless Natives (1985)

Two Scottish friends become local folk heroes and tourist attractions when they start holding up tour buses with novelty items.

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writer:

Ninian Dunnett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Friell Vincent Friell ... Will
Joe Mullaney ... Ronnie
Teri Lally Teri Lally ... Margot
Ned Beatty ... Bender
Robert Urquhart ... Baird
Bernard Hill ... Will's father
Mel Smith ... Pyle
Bryan Forbes ... Driver
Nanette Newman ... Passenger
Ann Scott-Jones Ann Scott-Jones ... Will's mother
Rachel Boyd Rachel Boyd ... Ilsa
Iain McColl Iain McColl ... Nigel
Dave Anderson Dave Anderson ... Illingworth
Eiji Kusuhara ... Presenter
Ed Bishop ... Reporter
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Storyline

Two lads in Edinburgh embark on a non-violent spree of robberies. They dress up in clown masks and act as modern highwaymen, robbing coach loads of tourists in the highlands. In the process they become folk heroes to the locals. Their adventures make for a whimsical and gentle comedy, in the Bill Forsyth vein. Written by Alan Burns <aburns@nelson.com>

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Touristenfalle See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Big country played most of the soundtrack. See more »


Soundtracks

Good News
(uncredited)
Music by Anne Dudley
Amphonic Music Ltd
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An entertaining Scottish film. Really.
28 October 2002 | by davemainSee all my reviews

I saw this film years ago, taped it from TV and watched it over and over. I wait patiently for some distributer to produce 'Restless Natives' on DVD so that it can, once more, be a part of my collection.

Onto the film: it is rare that you see a Scottish film that is entertaining, doesn't have actors forcing their accents and actually makes you think "being Scottish isn't so bad" - this film actually fits the bill.

It takes the old "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid" formula, transplants it into Scotland, and provides non stop entertainment - you may even be inspired to wear a clown mask and rob tourist buses whilst becoming Scotlands greatest tourist attraction too; it can be that inspiring.

Other reviews state that this film has a weak ending, however I feel that there was nowhere else for the film to go; this statement in itself doesn't make too much sense until you have seen the film though.

All in all, an enjoyable film that will bring a smile to most faces and perhaps even relight the fire of Scottish patriotism. You may even enjoy the "Big Country" soundtrack.


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