Restless Natives (1986)





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In this Scottish comedy, two young fellows disguise themselves as a clown and a wolf-man and begin robbing tourist buses. Somehow the two end up considered national heroes.
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Joe Mullaney
as Ronnie
Ned Beatty
as Bender
Teri Lally
as Margot
Mel Smith
as Pyle
Nanette Newman
as Woman in Car
Bryan Forbes
as Driver
Bernard Hill
as Will's father
Iain McColl
as Nigel
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Critic Reviews for Restless Natives

All Critics (2)

A pleasant enough traveling companion for 91 unremarkable minutes, but not a flick you'll remember a week from now.

Full Review… | June 7, 2007

Lightweight to the point of distraction...

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Restless Natives

Funny good hearted movie.. and a can't miss if your a Big Country Fan as they did the entire soundtrack.

Charles Goin
Charles Goin

As a baddass gangsta movie it fails a gentle genuinly funny buddy romp its a triumph. Two lads need money so start robbing tour busses in the Highlands...absolutely brilliant.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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A delightful, lighthearted comedy with quite a few genuinely amusing moments. If you've been to Scotland, especially Edinburgh, you will know that the film is affectionately remembered by most who saw it on its release. It conveys the existential alienation felt by many of the underemployed youth of the time but does so gently, avoiding the gritty, degraded, and salacious realities found in Trainspotting and other more realistic productions. Restless Natives takes some comedic shots at Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism and at the US intelligence agencies (via Ned Beatty's workmanlike turn as a CIA agent beleagured in his personal life). It also gently satirizes the Scottish tourism industry and its marketing of the scenic Highlands. The film may be criticized by some for its debt to the sensibility of Bill Forsyth, but its homage to the great pioneer is straightforward, unabashed, and winning. It is a charming, enchanting entertainment that will leave all but the most jaded feeling good. It will also leave memories of some downright brilliant comedic situations.

Henry Sloan III
Henry Sloan III

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