Local Hero

"Extraordinary"

Local Hero Review


I'd never even heard of Local Hero until I read an epitaph of Burt Lancaster, who has top billing but is hardly the star of this charming, unsung little film. Lancaster plays a wealthy oil company CEO who sends one of his crew, Mac (Peter Riegert), to a remote Scottish village where the company wants to locate an oil refinery. He's tasked with essentially buying the whole town, but -- as stories like this go -- the quaintness and unique character of the village creep on on Mac, and soon the whole plan is in a twist. Despite the feel-good, sports-movie title, this is a clever and fun flick from writer/director Bill Forsyth, who's directed only a handful of films that you have probably never even heard of (the exception being Housekeeping). And yes, God help me, it's the feel-good flick of the decade.


Local Hero

Facts and Figures

Run time: 111 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 17th February 1983

Distributed by: Warner Home Video

Production compaines: Enigma Productions, Goldcrest Films International

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 31

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Felix Happer, as Mac, as Ben, as Urquhart, as Moritz, as Oldsen, as Watt, as Marina, Jennifer Black as Stella, Christopher Rozycki as Victor, Gyearbuor Asante as Rev Macpherson (as Christopher Asante), John M. Jackson as Cal (as John Jackson), Dan Ammerman as Donaldson, Tam Dean Burn as Roddy, John Gordon Sinclair as Ricky, Rikki Fulton as Geddes, Jimmy Yuill as Iain

Also starring: ,

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