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Local Hero (1983)

Burt Lancaster , Peter Riegert , Bill Forsyth  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay, Denis Lawson, Norman Chancer
  • Directors: Bill Forsyth
  • Writers: Bill Forsyth
  • Producers: David Puttnam, Iain Smith
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305558205
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Local Hero" on IMDb

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Knox Oil and Gas Company wants to buy, raze and replace a sleepy Scottish seaside village with refineries and deep-water docks. They send their top deal-maker and trouble-shooter to handle the negotiations.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 3-AUG-2004
Media Type: DVD

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143 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites! December 27, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am dating myself woefully, but I remember seeing this film when it came out in theatres. I trekked some distance (via bus) down to some theatre in Hollywood (I'm from another part of L.A.) because it wasn't showing anywhere nearby. I wanted to see it *that* bad. And I certainly wasn't disappointed.
When I finally got a DVD player, one of the first DVDs I got was "Local Hero". It's definitely on my "must-have" list.
The story is simple -- materialistic Peter Reigert is sent to a small Scottish village to try to negotiate a land deal for his rich, eccentric boss (Burt Lancaster, who is outstanding). He arrives in Scotland as a guy who is only obsessed with business deals, his car, and his posessions back in Texas, but soon he learns there are more important things in life. The townsfolk are absolutely wonderful, all in their own unique, eclectic way. Denis Lawson particularly shines as "jack of all trades" who holds several positions in the community, including innkeeper.
The oddness and beauty of this film takes time to unfold, and it is best just to sit back and watch it happen. Everyone seems to have a story, everyone is eccentric in some way. I especially loved Burt Lancaster and his interaction with his "therapist", who takes the job *far* too seriously. Lancaster plays one of the most likeable and unique characters onscreen. Reigert too, is endearing. He so wants to be "normal" that he can't even admit that he might use a shampoo for dry or greasy hair. "Normal. EXTRA normal.", he says, when asked what kind of shampoo he needs. What an uptight guy he seems at first, but he soon mends his ways.
The score by Mark Knopfler is among one of my favorites too.
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97 of 102 people found the following review helpful
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Knox Oil rules Houston. The Knox headquarters tower over the Houston skyline, and KNOX radio brings Houston its weather and traffic report. Knox Oil is owned by Felix Happer (Burt Lancaster), whose father bought the company from its Scottish-born founder; but unfortunately neglected to change the name to "Happer Oil." Now Knox Oil needs to obtain a location for a refinery in Scotland, and the most appropriate place happens to be a village called Furness, far up on the Northern Scottish coast. And the Knox people don't take no prisoners - they decide to simply go ahead and buy the whole village. The man they're sending to Scotland to negotiate is Mac MacIntyre (Peter Riegert), whose presumably Scottish roots are going to make it easy for him to bond with the locals and close the deal (actually, his family is from Hungary and changed their names to MacIntyre because "they thought that's America").

Reluctantly Mac takes off (he would much have preferred to handle the matter over the wires), bringing an electrically locked briefcase, a watch beeping a signal for "conference time in Houston," pictures of his Porsche 930 ("I got migraine headaches when I was still driving a Chevy") and the tough-nosed, textbook negotiating skills of a Texas oil man. He is not very impressed with the backwater ways of Furness at first - although he does instantly observe that there's "a lotta landscape here." But slowly and inexorably, his attitude changes. Walking along the beach, his steps grow longer and slower, more contemplative. He starts to collect shells. His business suit makes way for a woolen sweater. And his treasured watch dies a slow death as it tries to signal "conference time in Houston" one last time from its underwater grave.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ode to authenticity January 4, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Local Hero is appealing on many levels. There is, of course, the wondeful quirky story and characters, the music, the off-kilter British humor, and the magnificent scenery.
But I think that the reason I love this movie, and to me the real beauty of the film is watching what happens to Riegert. His Macintyre, a young, efficient corporate executive, is a man fully immersed in his time, his place, and his role. The time is the 1980s-the greed decade, some have billed it. The place is Knox Oil, Houston. His role at the firm and in his life is that of a hard boiled deal maker. And at the end of the day, he returns home to his luxury high rise, where he lives alone with his answering machine. Macintyre lives a life that's less than genuine, and on the deepest level, he knows it.
But in Furness, we can see Macintyre's hard shell crack -- the result of his spending time in this authentic place-the power of Furness' pounding surf almost literally wears away his layers. When his walls are broken what's revealed for all of us to see, then, is nothing less than his true self. We can see it, for instance, in Macintyre's eyes as he laughs with Gordon, the Inn's proprietare over a drink during the high-stepping Scottish dance, and we can even see it in his hands when he empties his pockets of the sandy shells he's collected.
I think that like Mac, most of us have forgotten or buried some part of our authentic selves, and that part of us quietly lays dormant. It might be buried from trying to mold ourselves to fit into some stultifying corporation, as with Macintyre. Or it could be from trying to live some other kind of unsatisfying life that's not in synch with who we really are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and Delightfully Amusing tale of Two cultures dealing with...
I've loved this movie since it debuted in the early 80's. It accurately depicts the Scots tongue-in-cheek attitude towards Americans, with a wink and a nod, and Mark Knopfler's... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Singe Savante
5.0 out of 5 stars a breakthrough movie
this one cut through the crap of the 80's with a simple and sensitive message that keeps pulling me back to it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by will crow
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Light-Hearted Entertainment!
One of our favorite films. We've seen it several times..
This is a movie that you can watch with children, without embarrassment.
Published 1 month ago by reader83
5.0 out of 5 stars Shangri-La for the Seventies
Seems as though every few decades a movie comes along that describes heaven on earth-Shangri-La in the 30s, Brigadoon in the 50s, and Local Hero in the 70s. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dismal Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Cinematic Treats
This is one of the finest movies ever produced, beautifully filmed and loaded with terrific characters, warm humor, romance and surprising turns that thoroughly entertain and leave... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Wadsack
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban versus country
This is not a new movie, but it can be if you have never seen it before. An obvious statement yes, but there is much to be discovered here. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr.L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Conference Time in Houston
The version I received was from Thaiwan and to get to English language was work. There are missing parts to the movie that are disconcerting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Helen A. Roman
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing with a message
One wonders while watching this how much environmental awareness has increased since 1983. The Scottish villagers are delightful characters; the scenery is superb; and Burt... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Adler
1.0 out of 5 stars Nope, didn't get it
Very dated and worn film quality. Overacted and disconnected thymes. Too bad. Would like my money back on this one. Or at least a credit, is that possible, Amazon?
Published 4 months ago by mary ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Local Hero
This movie by Scottish director Bill Forsyth might not be for everyone, but it's an all-time favorite with me, or at least in the top 5. Read more
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