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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
Release Date: 3-AUG-2004
Media Type: DVD
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The plot, such as it is, involves a Houston oil company wheeler-dealer sent to buy the entire village and its surrounding area as the site of a future oil refinery. The residents are eager to leave their hard scrabble lives behind and enjoy newfound wealth, but not wanting to get a bad deal, get a local hotel owner and accountant to be their deal maker. A complex situation arises when one local with an important holding does not wish to sell. The cast is made up of virtually unknown Scottish actors, lending credence to their performances. A young Peter Riegert is Mac MacIntyre, the Oil representative and he is assisted by a local, Danny Oldsen, a young Peter Capaldi (who went on to a big career in Britain. Burt Lancaster as the billionaire owner of Knox Oil is a surprise, (perhaps because it was a Warner Brothers film), but quite humorous in those scenes that require it. His bigger-than-life presence is spot on as a portrait of billion dollar self-regard. The only false note was the psychiatrist, Moritz, largely because he and his subplot were written too broadly.
The Scottish scenery is beautiful, the village quaint and by the time of their great celebration, called a Ceilidh, you'll feel a part of the festivities as the local band, The Acetones plays. The dance music and subtle musical score were a first time outing for Dire Straits's Mark Knopfler and the soundtrack became a major surprise hit, bigger than the film itself. The delicate, relaxed music goes perfectly with the film and is good listening to by itself. I highly recommend this film for those who would be inclined to enjoy its special magic.
It was about 30 minutes too long, I would say. It is a quiet, movie that almost put me to sleep, although I was a little tired when I started watching it and it seemed to go on for too long. I am a Dire Straits / Mark Knoffler fan and was expecting that the soundtrack would be really good, but to my shock and surprise, none of it sounded anything like the Mark Knoffler that I am used to hearing. The acting is good by everyone in the movie and this movie did have charm, what with the nice people who lived in the area of Scotland where the movie took place, and all the nice scenery. I don't think that this movie will be one that I will be watching again, but it was alright for one night.
Filmed and based in Scotland with some beautiful views of the country.