Local Hero (1983)
Average Rating: 8.7/10
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Average Rating: 9.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Average Rating: 4.1/5
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Bill Forsyth's whimsical tale of sweet-natured corporate rapacity features standout performances by Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert. Lancaster plays Texas billionaire Felix Happer, who would rather gaze at the stars than worry about his multi-national oil company. Happer dispatches Mac MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) and Danny Oldsen (Peter Capaldi) to the small Scottish fishing village of Ferness to negotiate buying the entire town so Happer can drill for oil in the North Sea. Much to Mac's
Feb 18, 1983 Wide
Sep 21, 1999
Warner Home Video
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The thematics are rather cloying, but the mood -- profoundly relaxed, bemused -- eventually conquers.
[It's] loaded with wry, offbeat humor and is the sort of satisfying, personal picture that is becoming an increasingly rare commodity these days
Forsyth cannot quite tease out of his characters the kind of strange sublety that Powell and Pressburger delivered, but it is enough that he and producer David Puttnam succeed in making you realise just how badly this kind of film has been missed.
Here is a small film to treasure, a loving, funny, understated portrait of a small Scottish town and its encounter with a giant oil company.
It demonstrates Mr. Forsyth's uncanny ability for making an audience sense that something magical is going on, even if that something isn't easily explained.
Bill Forsyth directs the film with wry understatement and has gentle affection for all of his characters.
Charming cross-cultural tale about some outsiders from a Texas oil company whose visit to a small Scottish town changes everything.
Charming little comedy
A whimsical, delightful tale of a stranger in a strange land. It is director Bill Forsythe's best ever.
Slighty overrated because of its quirkiness.
For me, the best film of the 1980s.
It has always been easier to make films about misery than about happiness, for happiness is so un-cinematic, so devoid of conflict. But Local Hero is a rare and welcome exception.
Life-affirming and often laugh-out-loud funny, this is feel-good movie-making par excellence.
Audience Reviews for Local Hero
- Maclntyre: Give me a 42 yesr old whisky, Roddy.
- Roddy: We've none of that tonight Mr. Mac.
- Maclntyre: Well give me four eight-year olds and a ten-year old.
- Roddy: Aye, that adds up.
- Maclntyre: We're in the way of acquiring some real estate in the area.
- Rev. Macpherson: You want to buy my church?
- Maclntyre: Well, not as a going concern.
- Gordon Urquhart: Christman will be earlie this year..
- Stella: So what do you want for a Christmas?
- Gordon Urquhart: We can get a new mattress..
- Gordon Urquhart: It's never locked!
- Danny Oldsen: Nice people.
- Maclntyre: And they speak English!
- Gordon Urquhart: The restaurant opens at eight. Seven in the fishing season... It's not the fishing season.
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