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Local Hero [DVD] [1983] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305558205
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,025 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2003
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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.
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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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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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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.
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