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Local Hero

Bill Forsyth | 1983 | 111 MINS
UK
An American oil company has plans for a new refinery and sends someone to Scotland to buy up an entire village, but things don't go as expected.

In Detail

Bill Forsyth’s oil-refinery comedy isn’t billed as a weepy. It is, however, a love poem to Scotland, and that’s what brings the lump to one’s throat. Crackpot Texan oil magnate Felix Happer (Burt Lancaster) gets the idea that a small Scottish fishing village would be a marvellous acquisition for his so-rich-it-makes-you-sick company, Knox Oil and Gas, so he sends an executive gopher named MacIntyre (because that sounds Scottish, played by Peter Riegert) to close the deal and get the pipeline pencilled in.

Here is a small film to treasure, a loving, funny, understated portrait of a small Scottish town and its encounter with a giant oil company.

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