Local Hero

Local Hero

DVD - 1999
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A comedy about the interaction between Americans representing a Texas oil company and the inhabitants of a small village in Scotland.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [1999]
Edition: Full-screen and widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780790738529
079073852X
Branch Call Number: LOC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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SunsetBranch
Mar 12, 2016

How could I have forgotten about this movie? Now (back) on my Ten Favorite Movies List!

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Dec 28, 2015

I Love this movie. It's very dated now, but if you remember the booming 80's and all the greed that went with it, you'll really like this one. Who will bilk whom?! Look for a very young man who will be a future Doctor...and you might notice Wedge as Urquhart (I did, on the first viewing--does that make me a Star Wars geek?!?)

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sallyneary
Oct 12, 2015

Perhaps my favorite movie ever, although Moonstruck is close. Beautiful to watch, bizarre in spots, satisfying.
For Dr. Who fans, a chance to see a very young Peter Capaldi playing a sweet romantic.

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kfhoz
Mar 24, 2015

Related to the documentary film You've Been Trumphed.

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mcfan
May 29, 2013

This film was recommended on a Doc Martin TV show forum not because it has anything to do with that show, but because of the equally masterful storytelling that happens visually and through spare dialog. A real gem, painting a picture in a succinct and tight fashion and that has a certain magical essence to it. While the story is relevant to our times, it is not the story, but the way it is told that is the magic.

An all time favorite film, magical, funny, charming. Anyone who lives in a big city and works in an office can relate to the transformation the leading character experiences on a business trip to Scotland.

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Michael
Aug 03, 2009

this ol' chestnut is still a good view on a lazy summer's day - especially if you're a Scot with a hankering for a bit of slow-building 'something' from over 'ome...

Despite its "Wall Street"-themed 80's genesis - it's timely in that currently, the world's oil supply and reserves are completely turned inside-out, without a foreseeable way out anytime soon for the western world we live in.

Add today's heavy emphasis on international environmental issues and the notion of finding oil in Scotland presents viewers with a unique dilemma: To drill or not to drill?

U.S. oil tycoon Felix Happer (the late great American movie star, Burt Lancaster) sends his trusty employee Mac MacIntyre (a very youngish Peter Reigert) to the fictional fishing village of Ferness on the west coast of Scotland to buy it up - lock, stock, and (oil) barrel - in advance of Happer's clandestine plan of setting-up his company Knox Oil and Gas' refinery in the village.

The ensuing situational half-steps, and missteps that follow as Reigert and an ensemble cast that includes the ever beautiful Jenny Seagrove as Marina, the marine researcher who really lives up to her name (you'll see!) come together to spin this tale of Scottish yarn into a story with a bit of celtic myth and mirth.

I still enjoyed watching it again - 25 years after I first saw it in 1984.

And here's a bonus... fans of Glasgow-born Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straights fame) get to hear his familiar melodic hymns as he lays down the tracks for this film - including the movie's closing song: "Going Home".

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