Local Hero

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An unexpected cult hit from the early 1980s, Bill Forsyth's Local Hero hearkened back to Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's I Know Where I'm Going -- both quirky comedies set in Scotland that derived their humor from characters and situations rather than obvious jokes. The film, produced by David Puttnam, was a sleeper hit and went on to find a wide international audience. The DVD edition is a solid transfer of a recent film, presented in its matted, 1.85:1 aspect ratio on one side and full-screen on the ...
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An unexpected cult hit from the early 1980s, Bill Forsyth's Local Hero hearkened back to Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's I Know Where I'm Going -- both quirky comedies set in Scotland that derived their humor from characters and situations rather than obvious jokes. The film, produced by David Puttnam, was a sleeper hit and went on to find a wide international audience. The DVD edition is a solid transfer of a recent film, presented in its matted, 1.85:1 aspect ratio on one side and full-screen on the other. The letterboxed image is to be preferred, containing a fair amount of picture information on the sides that is cut off in the full-screen edition, on which every image appears artificially enlarged. The audio is identical on each, very clean and defined, and the image has beautiful resolution. Either side goes directly to the movie unless the viewer selects the menu or tries to skip past the opening Warner corporate logo (which diverts viewers to the menu), and the menu automatically sets on "scene selection" but is simple enough to negotiate. A theatrical trailer, which successfully captures the comedic and mystical elements of the movie, is included on both sides. There are 35 chapters that break the film down conveniently.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English & Français
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
This warm-hearted fish-out-of-water tale highlights the cultural differences (and underlying similarities) between a big city American capitalist and small town Scottish villagers. Just as Mac falls in love with the country and its people, the villagers are equally seduced by his promises of instant, immense wealth. Rather than exploiting the cliché of an evil American oil company battling plucky Scottish townfolk, writer/director Bill Forsyth pursues a quirkier and more intriguing theme of the seduction of the Old World by the New, an idea that has animated such dissimilar works as Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Forsyth's use of "magical realism" is equally understated and restrained. This Scotsman's deadpan, self-deprecating satire of his countrymen is more indebted to Alexander Pope than to the more savage Jonathan Swift. The whimsical characters may be oddballs, but they are not gullible hicks: they want the Americans to show them the money. Forsyth's gags rarely occur at the expense of people's dignity, instead highlighting our basic human frailty. Chris Menges gives us many panoramic shots of the surprisingly beautiful Scottish landscape, while Mark Knopfler's plaintive soundtrack perfectly accents the proceedings. The performances of Burt Lancaster as the eccentric and ambitious oil tycoon is a constant delight, while Peter Riegert's Mac is appropriately (and alternately) flustered and smitten.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • UPC: 085391130727
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Riegert Maclntyre
Burt Lancaster Felix Happer
Fulton Mackay Ben
Denis Lawson Gordon Urquhart
Norman Chancer Moritz
Peter Capaldi Danny Oldsen
Jenny Seagrove Marina
Alex Norton Watt
Rikki Fulton Geddes
Jennifer Black Stella
Christopher Rozycki Victor
Christopher Asante Rev. Macpherson
Dave Anderson Fraser
Tam Dean Burn Roddy
Caroline Guthrie Pauline
Kenny Ireland Skipper
John M. Jackson Cal
Ray Jeffries Andrew
Harlan Jordan Fountain
Willie Joss Sandy
Charles Kearney Peter
James Kennedy Edward
David Mowat Gideon
Buddy Quaid Crabbe
John Gordon Sinclair Ricky
Ian Stewart Bulloch
Sandra Voe Mrs. Fraser
Jimmy Yuill Iain
Technical Credits
Bill Forsyth Director, Screenwriter
Adrienne Atkinson Art Director, Production Designer
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Michael Bradsell Editor
Richard James Art Director, Production Designer
Mark Knopfler Score Composer
Louis Kramer Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
David Puttnam Producer
Iain Smith Associate Producer
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Frank Walsh Art Director, Production Designer
Frank Walsh Art Director, Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Commuter Credits: Big Plans at Knox [3:13]
2. Travel for the Telex man [1:10]
3. Happer Session #1 [2:10]
4. Among the Stars With Happer [3:52]
5. Women Trouble [1:33]
6. Scale Models and Magnificent Lungs [4:20]
7. Fogbound With an Injured Rabbit [4:14]
8. The Inn; A Dead Briefcase [3:24]
9. Mr. Urquhart [3:38]
10. Calling Home [4:37]
11. Happer Session #2 [1:42]
12. The Yanks Go to Church [5:16]
13. Dinner Had a Name [2:22]
14. At Play and Work [3:20]
15. Danny and Marina [4:23]
16. Meeting Ben [5:55]
17. Verbalizing: Sky Reports and Abuse [2:55]
18. The Scenery [1:56]
19. Russian Invasion [2:39]
20. On the Fresh Side [1:01]
21. Investments: Cash and Shells [2:58]
22. The Ceilidh (Lone Star Man) [4:20]
23. Haggling [:55]
24. A Waltz [3:34]
25. Northern Lights [1:47]
26. The Aurora Borealis; Shoot to Kill [2:31]
27. Mac's Proposal [4:57]
28. Business on the Beach [2:50]
29. Taking Advantage [3:38]
30. Sunset: Happer Drops In [5:30]
31. Happer/Knox Summit [3:58]
32. An Institute Is Born [2:30]
33. Farewell to Ferness [3:10]
34. Houston Calling [2:20]
35. End Credits [2:34]
Side #2-- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Commuter Credits; Big Plans at Knox [3:12]
2. Trvel for the Telex Man [1:10]
3. Happer Session #1 [2:10]
4. Among the Stars With Happer [3:52]
5. Women Trouble [1:33]
6. Scale Models and Magnificent Lungs [4:20]
7. Fogbound With an Injured Rabbit [4:14]
8. The Inn: A Dead Briefcase [3:24]
9. Mr. Urquhart [3:38]
10. Calling Home [4:37]
11. Happer Session #2 [1:42]
12. The Yanks Go to Church [5:16]
13. Dinner Had a Name [2:22]
14. At Play and Work [3:20]
15. Danny and Marina [4:23]
16. Meeting Ben [5:55]
17. Verbalizing: Sky Reports and Abuse [2:55]
18. The Scenery [1:56]
19. Russian Invasion [2:39]
20. On the Fresh Side [1:01]
21. Investments: Cash and Shells [2:58]
22. The Ceilidh (Lone Star Man) [4:20]
23. Haggling [:55]
24. A Waltz [3:34]
25. Northern Lights [1:47]
26. The Aurora Borealis; Shoot to Kill [2:31]
27. Mac's Proposal [4:57]
28. Business on the Beach [2:50]
29. Taking Advantage [3:38]
30. Sunset; Hpper Drops In [5:30]
31. Happer/Knox Summit [3:58]
32. An Institute Is Born [2:30]
33. Farewell to Ferness [3:10]
34. Houston Calling [2:20]
35. End Credits [2:36]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Soundtrack
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
   Play Movie
Side #2-- Standard
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Soundtrack
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
   Play Movie
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An underrated gem

    "Local Hero" is one of those rare movies you want to see again and again. It's charming and funny and sweet and a little sad with wonderful characters and some great lines. Only a subplot about Burt Lancaster's Texas oil executive hiring a therapist to verbally abuse him falls flat and feels dated. Plus, there's the terrific soundtrack by former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A man who has lost himself, is found.

    This is not just a story about a businessman coming to a small village in Scotland to buy land. This is a story about a man so consumed with money and privilege he has lost all sense of what is important in life. This is a story about the simply things in life and how they are the real treasure we all seek. This is a story about redemption and the rediscovery of innocence

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Again and Again

    This small movie with a cult following sufficient to get it shown on cable a couple of times a year, is definitely one to own. You need it close by so that you can use it when you need a break from the rat race. And, every time you watch it, something new turns up. It never gets old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    GREAT MOVIE- BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MUSIC?

    LOCAL HERO is one of those movies you have to watch again and again when life gets you down or you need to restore your faith in human nature. The music from the film by MARK KNOFFLER of DIRE STRAITS is equally restorative. The movie now has a cult following. Misty-eyed,like-minded individuals from around the world who percieved the hidden spiritual message,trek to Scotland in search of the Holy grail - a RED GPO TELEPHONE BOX. See you there?

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    Posted June 8, 2009

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