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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 ... Will
Joe Mullaney ... Ronnie
Teri Lally Teri Lally ... Margot
Ned Beatty ... Bender
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Baird
Bernard Hill ... Will's father
Mel Smith ... Pyle
Bryan Forbes ... Man in Car
Nanette Newman ... Woman in Car
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 ... Japanese Presenter
Ed Bishop ... TV Reporter (American)
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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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They're bigger than the lochness monster! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

"Restless Natives" was the 1984 winner of the LLoyds Bank National Screenwriting Competition organised by the Oxford Film Foundation. P.O. Box 156, Oxford (end credits). See more »


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Come Back to Me
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Big Country
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User Reviews

Marvelous off-beat film that is truly enjoyable
2 January 2000 | by paluskaSee all my reviews

For Americans, it might take a "wee bit" of getting use to the Scottish accents, but this loopy, off-beat picture is so good and so entertaining, the viewer just sits back and takes it all in. Two boys who work at a Magic Store by day make their own "magic" as they rob tourist buses after work. Ned Beatty is fine, as always. This film is a real gem: the kind you just wish would get more publicity so that so many more would see and enjoy it. Savor it--and tell your friends!


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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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