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Local Hero

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1983
  • Bill Forsyth
  • 107 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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MacIntyrePeter Riegert
HapperBurt Lancaster
UrquhartDenis Lawson
OldsenPeter Capaldi
BenFulton Mackay
MarinaJenny Seagrove
StellaJennifer Black
Reverend MacPhersonChristopher Asante
GeddesRikki Fulton

Crew

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DirectorBill Forsyth

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1983-03-17
Languages
English | Russian | Japanese
Guidance
Edited for language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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