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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect movie
Now and again there comes a film that leaps into your heart, a film to take to your desert island and a film that becomes a life long friend. Local Hero is one such film. It's an unashamedly, brilliantly British comedy following in the footsteps of the Ealing Comedies, yet like the Ladykillers etc still has universal appeal. It's the tale of loneliness, of wanting to...
Published on 3 May 2008 by Mrs. Patricia Bark

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I have seen all the reviews raving about this movie and have even been to the telephone box in Pennan as I knew it had an iconic film status but had never seen the movie before. No-one I knew had a copy I could lend so I ended up buying it from Amazon just so i could watch it.
I was very disapointed with the movie, it just seemed to lack some spark. Maybe I was...
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect movie, 3 May 2008
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Mrs. Patricia Bark "Only me" (Sunny Manchester UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Local Hero [DVD] (DVD)
Now and again there comes a film that leaps into your heart, a film to take to your desert island and a film that becomes a life long friend. Local Hero is one such film. It's an unashamedly, brilliantly British comedy following in the footsteps of the Ealing Comedies, yet like the Ladykillers etc still has universal appeal. It's the tale of loneliness, of wanting to belong somewhere and finding that place. It looks magnificent (the Scottish scenery will have you on the next train to the Highlands) and it sounds... oh the music!!!! A glorious score and what an ending. If your not smiling back the tears as Mark Knopfler's guitar sweeps you into the end credits then some thing's wrong.
Films don't get much better than this.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, 10 Aug 2004
This review is from: Local Hero [DVD] (DVD)
This film is gorgeous. If you want to roar with laughter it might not be your cup of tea, but it's a real giggle right the way through and actually gets funnier with repeat viewing as you begin to notice all the little quirky moments.
If you remember the red telephone box, watching the American, Mac, trying to make a transatlantic call with a fist full of ten pence pieces will amuse. It's gentle observational comedy of the highest order, interspersed with moments of pure slapstick.
Well worth a watch, even if at times it seems a bit dated.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, Funny, Beautiful!, 21 May 2006
I will be the fist to admit that not every one is going to "get" this film - nor does it leave you rolling in the aisles. But for me personnally, this is an absolute gem of a movie! The music is wonderful - including Mark Knopler and Gerry Rafferty, the scenery truly beautiful and the cast superb - even if the talents of John Gordon Sinclair are slightly wasted. I have watched this movie numerous times and never tire of this. This is one of my favourite movies! If you enjoy subtle warm comedies - you will love this movie! Make sure when you buy this you also buy a good single malt to go with it - a perfect companion!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort and joy from this movie, 29 Jun 2008
This review is from: Local Hero [DVD] (DVD)
Where to begin? This is almost the perfect feel good movie. It's gentle whimsical way is so resonant of earlier Ealing comedies, but I personally think lifts that genre to another level. Always keep an eye out in the background in this movie - there always seems to be something going on. Then you have the running gag about the young punk lad on his motorbike - "Ricky's on the road tonight, you have to look both ways...", even down to the scraggy old dog that always seems to be asleep in the middle of the road - it is all here in subtle glory.
Peter Riegert is wonderful as the American fish out of water who grows to love the place he has been sent to. Peter Capaldi looks like the disjointed man - how can anyone look that ungainly? Fulton MacKay is a real treasure as old Ben Knox and Dennis Lawson is subtly hilarious as amorous hotel owner, accountant and occasional taxi driver Gordon Urquhart. Even Burt Lancaster is not too stilted as Felix Happer.
For me, the finest moments come during the ceilidh, and not from the major characters. Just watch out for the two old farmers discussing their futures. Brilliant.
And to cap it all off, you have Jenny Seagrove in a swimsuit. How could I not give it five stars? Cuddle up with someone special and just let it wash over you.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home may not be where the heart is, 4 Jan 2003
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Joseph Haschka (Glendale, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Local Hero [DVD] (DVD)
Before the relative spate of British comedic films recently appearing on American screens - THE FULL MONTY, WAKING NED DEVINE, and SAVING GRACE - there was the 1983 release LOCAL HERO, a gentle fable of big city, corporate avarice meeting its match when pitted against rural backwater shrewdness.
Peter Riegert is cast as MacIntyre, a young Houston exec of Knox Oil, packed off by CEO Felix Happer, colorfully played by Burt Lancaster, to Furness, a remote Scottish coastal village. His mission - to buy the town and adjacent beach, thus acquiring the land upon which Knox Oil plans to build a sprawling facility to receive North Sea crude. On site, MacIntyre finds himself dealing with a canny townsman named Urquhart, delightfully portrayed by Denis Lawson. (Urquhart, with his wholesomely sexy wife, owns the town's only hotel and only pub, and is apparently the local gentleman of influence when arranging matters of such great import.) Unforeseen complications in the negotiations arise, necessitating Happer's clattering arrival by helicopter late in the game. As it turns out, title to the village is of no use without the beach, and the latter is owned by a crusty, old beachcomber named, as luck and bloodlines would have it, Knox.
LOCAL HERO exhibits that quirkiness of characters and circumstance that has made British comedies so appealing. Eccentricities abound. Take, for example, the sleepy hamlet's only street, which is always deserted except whenever MacIntyre needs to cross it, at which time he is almost run down by a yokel whizzing by on a motor scooter. Or, the Soviet fishing boat captain that makes periodic, illegal landfall at Furness to check on his very non-communist financial investments made through Urquhart. And, the baby that seems to belong to nobody, but is unconcernedly cared for by the town at large. Furness seems just ever so slightly askew - but only if you're an outsider.
The fictional community of Furness is actually Pennan, north of Aberdeen on Moray Firth, and the Furness beach is actually Camusdarach Beach 150 miles distant on the western coast. Notwithstanding the filmmaker's magic in rearranging geography, anyone who has visited the breathtakingly beautiful shores of northern Scotland will understand the changes that occur in MacIntyre as he becomes exposed to the serene grandeur of his environment. What is the allure of Houston, or any other soulless place, when one could walk barefoot on Scottish sands under magnificent sunsets and collect seashells? The ending, which is supremely satisfying, should give anyone involved in a day-to-day rat race second thought about what gives life meaning.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best, 5 Feb 2006
This review is from: Local Hero [DVD] (DVD)
A film made with huge affection Bill Forsyths Local Hero is an almost uncanny sumliminal tribute to another scottish classic Whiskey Galore.The utopian scots scene versus the misguided outside world.Almost plotless it relies on character and charicature to carry it along.The funniest parts are almost unnoticeble first time around such is the subtlety of wry observation.in one scene a drunk fails to coordinate leaning down to clap a passing dog ...all filmed at the back of another shot in the foreground.
There are quite a few in jokes to spot as well..The ceilidh section has some of the best silent comedy ever and captures the dry quintessence of scottish humour.
The ending is I believe meant to be wistful rather than sad....as the character looks out and listens to depersonalised urban America the music juxtaposes it with the unspoiled idyll of Furness.Its a cracker of a film
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film, and an excellent new version on DVD, 24 Feb 2001
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The English film critic Barry Norman once listed his top ten films to include Bill Forsyth's "Gregory's Girl" at number 2. Given some of the competition this was heady praise indeed. I would say that "Local Hero", by the same director, has the better claim to be in many people's top ten. This is not a film for those looking exclusively for sex, violence and the substitution of special effects for any semblance of plot, dialogue, characterisation or subtlety. For those of who want a change, it's a real gem.
The basic premise, of efficient and aggressive US businessmen coming up against the slower tempo and local quirkiness of the Europeans, has been worked several times before. (If you enjoy Local Hero you really ought to see Avanti, a much under-rated film in a similar vein by Billy Wilder).
In Local Hero, the format is applied to an American oil company who despatch a clever young executive to negotiate the purchase of a small Scottish fishing village so that it can be destroyed to build an oil terminal. Trying to complete his deal, he is gradually entranced and absorbed by the community, discovering his own true values in the process.
There are many wonderful characters and marvellous moments - I must have seen this over a dozen times and I discover something new in every viewing. The final long shot in the film, in which nothing happens at all, is one of the most moving I have seen in the cinema - I won't say more!
A rare treat and highly recommended. When you feel that the inanity of corporate life has got you down and caused you to lose your way, send the children out to walk the dog, pour a glass of single malt, put on the DVD, put your feet up, and you will restore the balance - it should be available on NHS prescription.
The DVD does the film full justice. Some minor quibbles - the sleeve notes are essentially non-existent, and although the film is marked as "16:9", the aspect ratio is in fact 2.35:1, which is fine. The production companies (and Amazon) could help out the increasing number of us who own widescreen TV's by being more specific about what they mean by "Widescreen". For example, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in DVD is billed as widescreen, but is a very crude and cropped 16:9 version and quite disappointing.
I suppose the big question must be, given that this is such a good film, why did none of those involved go on to become big-name stars? But maybe that's the point. Final thing - cracking score by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly gentle comedy, 15 Jun 2007
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Mr. Andrew Moore "lord derfel cadarn" (Worcestershire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Local Hero [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I love this film! Its sumptuous, gorgeous, beautiful, gentle, funny, amusing, sad, poignant... so many words to describe this quirky film set mostly in a Scottish coastal village where the locals want to sell and the potential US purchasers don't realise this fact! The characters are wonderful from Happer, the US oil billionnaire played by Burt Lancaster to the head spokesperson for the locals played by Dennis Lawson (Star Wars' Wedge Antilles). Theres a great minor but important character played by Fulton Macay and many more super characters with lesser but equally as important roles. Nothing here is rip roaringly funny, rather it is a gentle and amusing comedy (look out for the scene by the church where the vicar says he will be as discrete as the next man while the whole village listens from inside the church!). This isn't big budget movie making, theres no loud explosions, no stunning but obvious special effects, no car chases, just exceptional acting and direction telling a terrific story which almost stands still like the life of the villagers. I cannot recommend this film more highly; surely its about time it was re released on DVD.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Local Hero, 3 Sep 2003
This review is from: Local Hero [DVD] (DVD)
Local Hero is quite simply one of the most delightful films ever made. From the awesome Scottish scenery to the mesmerising Mark Knopfler soundtrack the story allows you to sit back and watch as the mighty mammon takes on the simple way of life with a view to crushing it and spitting it out. The result is total and unexpected defeat for commercialisation and all it represents. The watcher is left with a feeling of exhilaration and sadness and a realisation that there is so much more to the world than inexorable progress.
Watch out for surprisingly superb acting from Burt Lancaster ("Shoot to kill!!"), the webbed feet of a young Jenny Seagrove and that maniac on the moped!
Local Hero sits easily in my Top Ten and can be watched time and again, with new discoveries on each occasion.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "And are there two g's in 'bugger off'"?, 17 Mar 2008
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A charming film, almost perfcet from location to casting to plot. A jaded American businessman journeys to Scotland to take advantage of the locals and ends up falling in love with the village and the quiet life.

If you want to put a smile on your face, this is the way to do it.
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