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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.
A perfect storm of a film; if it connects with you it does so in a big way. Local Hero is such an odd and disarmingly charming film that I don’t even know how to properly describe it. The village of Ferness has a slightly surreal sensibility where anything feels possible but where the possibilities reveal themselves drolly and without announcement. There’s a light dose of magical realism thrown in, something that is difficult to pull off, particularly in film. There is a story, with goals to be achieved, but the film is so relaxed and so loose in the way it soaks in the village and its people that we spend the runtime taking a slow stroll along the…
Local Hero is a movie which feels like Powell and Pressburger at their most humanistic. It’s rare that such a deeply personal film finds its way on to the screen and, as such, its equally rare that movies can inspire such personal feelings too. It’s a cinematic love letter filled with flowing prose which woo and soothe with ethereal grace. It's innately British too – it’s neither obtrusive nor brash with its emotions at any point, no hearts are worn on sleeve, in fact everything is rather beautifully understated; it's a patient movie in which characters gradually present themselves over the course of a series of slight, human interactions. It seems embarrassing for a film so unassuming, to decorate it…
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.
I think it was a rom com.
This is hailed as some kind of classic, or maybe cult classic of the 80s. Stars Burt Lancaster and some other dude ... about buying a Scottish seaside village for a petroleum plant ... but I just didn't get it. Maybe back in 1983 this was some kind of genius filmmaking, but today just doesn't strike me as anything special.
I just read a user review on imdb and the writer says this is in his top 10 films of all time because of how funny it is. I admit it's a witty film, but I didn’t laugh once.
A film with a lot of moments of character, but a bit of a slog and the main character shift doesn't really work. Lancaster steals the show with every scene he's in. There's something to the film however that makes its classic status make sense even if I wasn't bowled over, and I might need to rewatch.