Local Hero

  • PG
  • Bill Forsyth (1983)
  • UK
  • 107 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

This comedy drama firmly established Bill Forsyth as a major British film-maker. It's a lyrical, almost mystical tale that follows the attempts of Texas oilman Burt Lancaster and his minion Peter Riegert to buy up an isolated Scottish village in order to build an oil refinery, without bargaining on the village's integral strength of community. Local Hero manages to avoid the relentless whimsy that over-egged Forsyth's previous outing, Gregory's Girl: the scenery is gorgeous, the performances are funny, ironic and moving (Lancaster, in particular, is superb), and Forsyth brings a sure directorial touch.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Peter Riegert and Burt Lancaster. MacIntyre, a young American oil executive, is sent to a small Scottish village, which his company intends to buy and transform into a new refinery site. But while attempting to negotiate with the local community, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the area.

Cast and crew

Cast

MacIntyre
Peter Riegert
Happer
Burt Lancaster
Urquhart
Denis Lawson
Oldsen
Peter Capaldi
Ben
Fulton Mackay
Marina
Jenny Seagrove
Stella
Jennifer Black
Reverend MacPherson
Christopher Asante
Geddes
Rikki Fulton

Crew

Director
Bill Forsyth

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Guidance: 
Edited for language.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy

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