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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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Mac
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Ben
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Norman Chancer ...
Moritz
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Rikki Fulton ...
Geddes
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Watt
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Marina
Jennifer Black ...
Stella
Christopher Rozycki ...
Gyearbuor Asante ...
Rev Macpherson (as Christopher Asante)
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Cal (as John Jackson)
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Donaldson
Tam Dean Burn ...
Roddy
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Storyline

Oil billionaire Happer sends Mac to a remote Scotish villiage 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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Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kisvárosi hõs  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,567 (USA) (21 February 1983)

Gross:

$5,895,761 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Victor first radios the general store, he announces himself as "Vulgar Boatman". This is a subtle pun on the title of the popular Russian tune known in English as, "Song of the Volga Boatmen". See more »

Goofs

Just before the first RAF Jaguar flies over the car, raindrops can be seen in the inside of the open door as they are feeding the rabbit. They stand up to look at the jet, and the car's roof has no raindrops on it. See more »

Quotes

MacIntyre: Can you imagine a world without oil? No automobiles, no heat.
Oldsen: And polish.
MacIntyre: No ink.
Oldsen: And nylon.
MacIntyre: No detergents.
Oldsen: And Perspex. You wouldn't get any Perspex.
MacIntyre: No polythene.
Oldsen: Dry-cleaning fluid.
MacIntyre: And water-proof coats. They make dry-cleaning fluid out of oil?
Oldsen: Yeah, didn't you know that?
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Connections

Referenced in Outsourced (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mist Covered Mountains
Traditional, arranged Mark Knopfler
Performed by Alan Clark, Eddie Gomez and the Acetones
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A captivating sleeper.
21 July 1999 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie 1,000 miles from home. I was on business, staying in an outlying hotel, no car, no evening plans. So I walked 1/2 mile to a local 2-plex (!) theater. The choices were Max Dugan Returns and, starting 15 minutes later, Local Hero. The theater manager said the first one was a real good comedy, and he didn't know what Local Hero was about. I said I'd start with Dugan and switch if I didn't like it, and he said OK.

The Neil Simon, Jason Robards, Marsha Mason movie was ho-hum, totally predictable, formula claptrap, so I ducked into Local Hero.

WHAT A SURPRISE !!!

I was alone in the theater, laughing continuously, thrilled by this wonderful movie. What a joy!

When I left, still smiling, the manager asked me how I liked it. I told him it was a sure Oscar winner (wrong, alas) and the best film I'd seen in years. He was amazed. I hope he sat in on it. I hope you do too.

Here's the key - - EVERY TIME I encounter this movie on TV I stop what I'm doing and watch it. I once arrived at a hotel after midnight, tired and with a meeting at 8:00 am. I flipped on the TV while I unpacked and there it was, just a little past the beginning. I sat on the end of the bed for an hour, then pulled up a chair. I finished unpacking when it was over!

Just whose baby is that, anyway? You'll find out! {:-)


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