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Restless Natives [DVD] [1985]

Vincent Friell , Ned Beatty , Michael Hoffman    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vincent Friell, Ned Beatty, Joe Mullaney, Teri Lally, Robert Urquhart
  • Directors: Michael Hoffman
  • Writers: Ninian Dunnett
  • Producers: Andy Paterson, Mark Bentley, Paddy Higson, Rick Stevenson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007SMDCI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,902 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Two bored Edinburgh youths decide to add a little excitement into their lives by donning masks and calling themselves 'The Clown and the Wolfman'. They use their disguises to retain their anonymity as they hijack coaches, but don't prove particularly threatening, and in fact become the biggest tourist attraction in the area.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restless Natives 27 May 2005
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If you like gentle comedies with a cracking soundtrack then you'll love this. As a previous reviewer stated, the soundtrack (by Big Country)deserved an Oscar nomination. Two naughty young scottish lads cause mayhem amongst the Scottish Highlands by robbing bus loads of American tourists disguised as a clown and wolfman. On their trail an inept police force aided and abetted by an even more inept American policeman. Brilliant script, brilliant story, brilliant acting, brilliant soundtrack - brilliant everything!!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 'feel good' film, on a small budget! 9 Aug 2005
I have been after this film for years!!! Finaly it's here, and it's just as good as I remember! OK, so I am a massive Big Country fan and that does make me biase, but this film just a brilliant romp from start to finish!
You start off being introduced to two bored lads, who are stuck in the worst jobs they could have imagend, in the heart of industrial Scotland. They decide to suppliment there income by highway robbery but don't have the heart, or means, to use violence.
After a shakey start, the continue to "hold up buses!" full of aging and non too intelligent American Tourists. During one hiest, one of them falls for the tour guide. Thus insues a tangled, but litte hearted and easy to follow, story of innocent minded crime and blind luck, as the two become infamous Highland legends in a Rob Roy / Robin Hood style.
As the Wolfman tries to keep his sweet-heart and the Clown revels in the status of "Scotland 17th most wanted man", things start to go wrong, and the two struggle to keep there friendship.
Finaly, good will out, and the two end the rein as legends, followed by the unworried Police and a Japanese camera crew. But as the film says "Is this the end, or just the beginning of the legend?"
The sound track is fantastic and really enhances the mood. The scenery is breath taking and the acting is simply brilliant from the two star's in there first full length film.
I just hope you will enjoy the film as much as I have. And if you want a reminder of the 'fell good' facter, look out for the Big Country ablum 'Restless Natives & rarities'.
I'll see you just outside Glencoe, on a 125, with the sound track playing and enjoying the scenery!!!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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I've been waiting for this film for years. I had it on VHS and the DVD version is everyhting I remember and more.
A real sleeper of a movie from 1985. A simple story the keeps you entertained at every stage. Great performances from the two main actors who sadly only went on to do small TV parts.
When this arrived through my letterbox I watched it with my wife and 9yr old son and they too enjoyed.
Got to love the final scene - 'just one more time' as they ride through Edinburgh...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does doing bad things give you warts? 22 July 2007
Like a lot of the other reviewers I was first attracted to this film because of my deep love of the band Big Country. Their music adds to and lifts this film from out of the ordinary. It is clearly shot on a budget of about 12p and the main protagonists, Ned Beatty aside, are mostly Scottish unknowns, but they do a remarkable job. Where is Teri Lally these days as she is absolutely gorgeous in this! Some of the gags are fun, but the plot does tend to groan a little under it's own pressure. Some of the fabulous shots around Edinburgh and into the Highlands, set to Stuart Adamson's soaring guitar-work will make the hearts of any fan of Scotland, it's scenery and Big Country in general, soar!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alleluia! 27 July 2005
This has been a long time coming. Funded by film 4, the film has everything... Cameos by all sorts of British Stars (Mel SMith Inc), fantastic locations, Brilliant soundtrack (now available on CD: Restless Natives and Rarities by Big Country) and some great acting and writing!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes, yessy yes 28 Aug 2005
Thank god! How long has it taken for this to reach DVD. Welcome to my most favorite film.
The amount of films I have watched more than once is a very modest list. Im not a fan of over watching. This though is the exception to the rule.
The whole film is packed, with action and runs at an exciting pace, it has everything, strong story, love, rebelion, comedy and without a shadow of doubt the most amazing feel good factor that was ever captured on screen. In my humble opinion this film will never be topped or the ingrosing quality of the fim duplicated. This one is definatly a must have.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The test of time 4 April 2005
It's been a long wait but worth it. This quirky little film, with a mostly unknown cast, is worth seeing over and over again. It will not disappoint. However, if you don't like the film, which is impossible not to like, just listen to the superb sound track by Big Country. In fact, now that the film is finally being released on DVD, the only thing missing is the release of the soundtrack. Now that would be the icing on an already rich cake.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining movie 9 April 2008
Restless Natives is a wonderful tale of two naive young Scots who become national talking points for robbing tourist coaches on desolate Highland roads. Using a motorbike and a few masks they run riot and are hotly pursued by the police.

This film, and its great soundtrack, captures the feel of disillusioned working class Scotland in the mid-1980's and although it isn't 'big budget' it's still great fun to watch.

Why don't they make Scottish comedies like this any more...?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad, British movie and not a wonder I'd never heard of it!
Why this film has so many stars I really don't know. It can only be a reflection of a general public that like corny, cheesy British movies of the worst order. Read more
Published 26 days ago by filks1
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Paul McGeoch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased with product. Great Service & Price.
Published 1 month ago by cara gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought this for my husband and he was really happy with it. It was here quickly
Published 1 month ago by katrina mecalfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Restless waiting for the end.
This didn't really get going. It just meandered on and on. Very dated.
Published 3 months ago by Janell Hayis
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL FUN TO WATCH
I saw this and remembered what an influence it had on me so many years ago. It is an easy to watch comedy, a fun storyline for the then budding rebel (me) and it had one of those... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Helpless
5.0 out of 5 stars great
what a great scotish comedy film worth a watch will watch it again and it was well worth the money
Published 6 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Restless Natives
Cracking film that I hadn't seen in years, enjoyed watching the film again. Was also pleased at the price and delivery
Published 6 months ago by Chalky
4.0 out of 5 stars Family film
I hold very fond memories of this film. I watched this when it was first shown in the 80's when I was a teenager and is a funny family film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss D Ferraccioli
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