Eccentric Texas oil baron Felix Happer (Burt Lancaster) sends young executive “Mac” MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) to Scotland to buy up an entire village in order to build an oil refinery. Upon arrival, Mac teams up with local representative of the oil company, Danny, to help him arrange the deal. To Mac’s surprise, the local citizens are more than happy to sell the town and negotiations go smoothly. However, when the owner of a vital piece of land, a local hermit and beach scavenger, Ben Knox, refuses to sell, Mac’s trip becomes stranger with the minute.
This largely unknown gem about a Scottish village that spikes corporate interest from across the big pond for its oil rich location could have easily been a ‘David vs Goliath’ ecological battle film. Instead, it is a beautiful and witty portrait of small-town life, human relations and getting your priorities straight. Local Hero is all about the subtle gestures in the largely character driven storylines that show the patient craftsmanship of writer/director Bill Forsyth, supported by great performances by Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert and Peter Capaldi, topped off by a fantastical soundtrack by Dire Straights frontman, Mark Knopfler.
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay
Drama, KomedieLand: Verenigd Koninkrijk
Speelduur: 111 minuten