Local Hero

Local Hero

Bill Forsyth (1983)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


An American oil company representative is sent to buy a Scottish coastal village so it can be demolished to make way for a new refinery. He gradually takes a shine to the place, while the locals are more interested in the money they can get for parting with it. Bill Forsyth's comedy drama, starring Peter Riegert, Burt Lancaster, Denis Lawson, Peter Capaldi, Jenny Seagrove and Fulton Mackay.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Bill Forsyth
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy