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Local Hero 1983 PG

106 mins United Kingdom Director. Bill Forsyth

Bill Forsyth’s tribute to rural Scotland’s irresistible charm is also the ultimate parable of going native. Texan billionaire Felix Happer (Burt Lancaster) despatches hot-shot executive "Mac" MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) to buy up a Scottish fishing village. To his surprise, Mac finds the villagers receptive, but the plan is scuppered by the intransigence of a solitary fisherman (Fulton Mackay) who refuses to budge from his beach-side shack. As Mac becomes ever more embedded into village life, Happer decides to make a personal intervention.

Forsyth’s unashamedly romantic evocation of Scotland is heightened by Mark Knopfler’s famous guitar score; the result is one of the most fondly admired British films of the 1980s.

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Directed by

Bill Forsyth


Burt Lancaster

Jenny Seagrove

Jennifer Black

Peter Capaldi

Fulton Mackay

Denis Lawson

Peter Riegert


Comedy Drama


Oil Refineries


LOCO London Comedy Film Festival






United Kingdom



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