Local Hero
Local Hero (1983)

This film stars Burt Lancaster as Texas oil baron Felix Happer, who sends employee MacIntyre as an emissary to a Scottish fishing village to negotiate for the rights to the town's oil reserves. Surprisingly, the Scots are more than… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 18, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The thematics are rather cloying, but the mood -- profoundly relaxed, bemused -- eventually conquers.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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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Without question, the most charming British film of the 1980s.

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Todd McCarthy

[It's] loaded with wry, offbeat humor and is the sort of satisfying, personal picture that is becoming an increasingly rare commodity these days

Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Dan Jardine

Bill Forsyth directs the film with wry understatement and has gentle affection for all of his characters.

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Time Out

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A poignant, funny tale of a simpler life.

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Christopher Null

It's the feel-good flick of the decade.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Ross Collins
A taste of the quaint life of rural Scotland back in the early 80s when the oil giants were still considered a necessary evil. This really is a British classic… More
Randy Tippy
Sometimes, even Texas oil billionaires have to stop and smell the seaweed. A clever little morality tale about Scotland and meteor showers and women with… More
Cassandra Maples
I really cannot praise Local Hero enough; it is simply one of the best films ever made and certainly, without any shadow of doubt, my number one favourite movie… More
Tim Sigur
I really enjoyed this movie a lot. I thought it was sweet and endearing without being cheesy. There are also a lot of subtle touches about power and wealth that… More
Jason Spencer
Not a bad flick. We watch a fast moving Texas oil man slow down and appreciate the world around him when visiting Scotland on business and it tries to remind… More
JY Skacto
A comedic drama done the right way. Current comedies need to take a lesson and learn how to make people laugh without overdoing and forcing the jokes on… More