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Local Hero

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Genres: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay
Director: Bill Forsyth
Plot Synopsis:

Bill Forsyth put Scottish cinema on the map with this delightfully eccentric culture-clash comedy. Riffing on popular representations of Scottish life and folklore, Local Hero follows the Texas oil executive Mac (Peter Riegert), who is dispatched by his crackpot boss (Burt Lancaster) to a remote seaside village in Scotland with orders to buy out the town and develop the region for an oil refinery. But as business mixes with pleasure, Mac finds himself enchanted by both the picturesque community and its oddball denizens—and Texas starts to feel awfully far away. Packed with a near nonstop stream of droll one-liners and deadpan gags, this enchanting cult hit finds Forsyth surveying the idiosyncrasies of small-town life with the satirical verve of a latter-day Preston Sturges, arriving at a sly commentary on conservation, corporate greed, and the legacies we leave behind.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: September 24th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1983
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:111 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.78:1
    Audio Formats:English LPCM Mono
    Special Features:New conversation between Forsyth and film critic David CairnsShooting from the Heart, a 1985 documentary about the work of cinematographer Chris MengesEpisode of The South Bank Show from 1983 about the production of the filmThe Making of “Local Hero,” a documentary made during the film’s production, featuring interviews with actors Burt Lancaster and Peter RiegertI Thought Maybe I’d Get to Meet Alan Whicker, a 1983 interview with Forsyth on his early career in documentaries, his first narrative features, and the success of Local HeroPLUS: An essay by film scholar Jonny Murray