Local Hero
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Bill Forsyth's whimsical tale of sweet-natured corporate rapacity features standout performances by Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert. Lancaster plays Texas billionaire Felix Happer, who would rather gaze at the stars than worry about his multi-national oil company. Happer dispatches Mac MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) and Danny Oldsen (Peter Capaldi) to the small Scottish fishing village of Ferness to negotiate buying the entire town so Happer can drill for oil in the North Sea. Much to Mac's surprise, the entire town is happy to sell itself for big money, and the local innkeeper, Gordon… More
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"The thematics are rather cloying, but the mood -- profoundly relaxed, bemused -- eventually conquers."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Without question, the most charming British film of the 1980s."
‑ , Film4
"A heartwarming and whimsical comedy of manners."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Charming cross-cultural tale about some outsiders from a Texas oil company whose visit to a small Scottish town changes everything."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"[It's] loaded with wry, offbeat humor and is the sort of satisfying, personal picture that is becoming an increasingly rare commodity these days"
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"It demonstrates Mr. Forsyth's uncanny ability for making an audience sense that something magical is going on, even if that something isn't easily explained."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Bill Forsyth directs the film with wry understatement and has gentle affection for all of his characters."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Charming, whimsical, and practically perfect."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Charming little comedy"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Forsyth cannot quite tease out of his characters the kind of strange sublety that Powell and Pressburger delivered, but it is enough that he and producer David Puttnam succeed in making you realise just how badly this kind of film has been missed."
‑ , Time Out
"A poignant, funny tale of a simpler life."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It's the feel-good flick of the decade."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Absolutely wonderful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"A whimsical, delightful tale of a stranger in a strange land. It is director Bill Forsythe's best ever."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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