Local Hero [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Films don't get much better than this.
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.
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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
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Fantastic film. Must see for anyone who loves Scotland, countryside, beautiful landscapes and connecting with naturePublished 1 month ago by Eziz
Really enjoyed this film when it originally came out but unfortunately it seems to have dated more than I expected. Still a good and laid back story.Published 1 month ago by Foady