Rent Local Hero (1983)

3.7 of 5 from 223 ratings
1h 46min
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Synopsis:
Knox Oil and Gas of Houston is far removed from the North Sea oil it desires - and the sleepy Scottish seaside village it wants to buy and replace with a refinery. So Knox sends it ace dealmaker (Peter Riegart) to negotiate. He finds cheerful future millionaires, awesome northern lights, a lusty innkeeper, a stubborn beachcomber and a mermaid with webbed toes. Forsyth's touch is perfect: whether showing us a tycoon (Burt Lancaster) with his head in the stars or bridging generations at an all-night ceilidh dance.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
David Puttnam
Writers:
Bill Forsyth
Others:
Mark Knopfler, Chris Menges, Michael Bradsell
Studio:
Channel 4
Genres:
British Films, Comedy
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1984 BAFTA Best Direction

BBFC:
Release Date:
12/05/2008
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with Writer & Director Bill Forsyth
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/09/2019
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Bill Forsyth and Film Critic Mark Kermode
  • Getting in on the Action (1982)
  • The Music of 'Local Hero'
  • A Conversation with Peter Capaldi and Gordon Sinclair (1982)
  • The South Bank Show: Making of 'Local Hero' (1983)
  • Interview with Writer and Director Bill Forsyth
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features

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Reviews (3) of Local Hero

A wee gem - Local Hero review by HE

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17/04/2018

Everything about it is so good: the dialogue by Bill Forsyth shines, the music by Mark Knopfler is knockout, the story, the cast, the setting....it's Scottishness was so on the money...the only bit I find tedious is the psychoanalyst..... it's not really a criticism, just doesn't add anything to the plot in my view.

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Two stars for the music and scenery, none for the rest - Local Hero review by CH

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04/08/2020

This 1980s film seems really dated and not in a good way. Terrible roles for the female characters. Terrible trousers for the men. Nice music and scenery. The sort of plot that Ealing Studios would have handled so much better in its day.

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A gentle masterpiece - Local Hero review by JE

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16/02/2018

Perhaps Bill Forsythe's best film, with a touch of the Ealing Comedies about it (Whisky Galore comes to mind). It's a wistful reflection on Scottish identity, the virtues of small-town life and the value (or not) of money. It's sentimental, but (imho) in a really good way, with lovely performances by the main actors and a fabulous supporting cast. Well worth seeing (or seeing again. And again).

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