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An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.
When Roger Ebert gives a little independent Scottish film four stars, it is worth seeing. When I was growing up Local Hero was a bit of a cult hit back in Scotland and the impact it had on British cinema was immense.
Bill Forsyth had had success with his previous film the touchingly charming "Gregory's Girl" and followed on with this cross-over hit. Luring Hollywood stalwart Burt Lancaster into the fray with a "Donald Trump" style character who changes his priorities this was a huge deal back in 1983. Undeniably Scottish,this had the usual mix of stereotypical Scottish eccentrics and humble locals played by the cream of Scotland's finest actors. Peter Capaldi,Dennis Lawson,Rikki Fulton and Forsyth favourite John Gordon Sinclair…
"You don't eat things with names!"
Peter Capaldi, Denis Lawson and Boon from Animal House all in the same film delivering some genuinely funny dialogue, backed up by a fantastic soundtrack and some great scenery. Basically the movie that you can just sit back to, relax, laugh and watch Peter Capaldi redefining the word 'awkward'.
Would make for a very interesting double bill with In The Loop though...
Built upon the recurrent lilting theme by Mark Knopfler, Local Hero feels like a late-in-day Ealing Comedy, gently bittersweet and affectionately heartfelt. It is funny, witty and wise; and there aren't many films you can say that about. Bill Forsyth's elegant framing, tender direction and droll script combine to produce a wonderful film. Perhaps not quite as funny as Forsyth's best work, but a good deal more humane.
A charming mix of Hollywood and Scotland. Although I felt I was waiting around for it a bit and with Burt Lancaster more interested in the night sky rather than the project they went over for and the locals who just wanted to be rich you didn't feel the danger of this beautiful land being turned so we kinda just plodded along.
"You want to buy my church?!"
"Not as a going concern."
Just watched two films with my 19 year old, very cine-literate daughter.
She said she wanted something nice. Not too exciting. My eyes scanned the shelves and came to rest on Local Hero.
"Have you seen this before?", I asked
"Nope, don't know it. Is it any good?"
I told her that it was, and that it had a very young Dr Who in it.
I never really got the 5 star ravings that this film receives, and I'm still not sure it's quite up there, but it is really excellent and is one of those that will always be a pleasure to watch.
The daughter really enjoyed it as well.
"You want to buy my church?!"
"Not as a going concern."
Local Hero is a charming, subtle comedy. At times, it is a fish out of water story that pits Oil & Money against Nature & Tranquility. But not in the typical cliched way as it would seem. I thought for sure it would have zigged, but instead it zagged.
It's laughs come natural and never go to any extremes. Burt Lancaster's character, Felix H-A-P-P-E-R, does bring an element of absurdity, but as nothing more than a sub-plot.
The stage of Local Hero is also fresh. It is set mostly in a small sea-side village in Scotland. It puts on the 'local' charm but interjects it with the beauty of the land and sea.
As mentioned, it is a very subtle film. It doesn't take itself too seriously, but doesn't go overboard with the comedy either. A perfect blend of charm and fun.
The dictionary definition of gentle charm. The film's strength is showing the same warmth from the locals that Mac gets - initially they're mildly amusing eccentrics but steadily they get under your skin.
Little gem of a movie that is chock full of charm. The cast and location are perfect. Funny and touching.
I'm not certain of my thoughts on "Local Hero". I enjoyed the dry, often subtle humor, and the setting of the small Scottish town was beautiful. The development of the main character, however, from purely business centered to just one of the locals may have been a bit too subtle to truly have an impact, at least on first viewing. Still, this film has a lot of charm.
To talk about Local Hero, I have to talk about my own experiences. I recently vacationed for 6 days on a tranquil beachside in Cuba and the mood it put me in was rather transcendent. Just on the first day, I dropped all the mental stress that I carried back home and fell into this meditative trance, absorbing all I can absorb about this foreign culture and landscape. Living so long in the same place makes you forget that there's a whole nother world out there with unseen traditions/customs, cuisine, natural phenomena, people, scenery, and atmosphere. No longer do I have urgent schedules or obligations to tend to; the sense of time is washed away by the rhymic waves…
One of my favourites.
I hope it's something that a lot of people have seen, but suspect, that it might not be...which is a crime.
Has a charm about it.
Good grief!, Peter Riegent the tough cop behind The Mask (1994 film) a Local Hero in a small in Scotland while Peter Capaldi a young bloke with huge bond with driving girl for oceanographic, how does classic films surprises every viewers who watch it before our Scottish friend Peter Capaldi took the role of the 12th Doctor and other characters in the Whoniverse?, The movie was good I never knew that Riegent looked young in the films as well as Capaldi.