Local Hero

Local Hero

Director: Bill Forsyth Cast: Peter Riegert, Burt Lancaster, Fulton Mackay
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Overview

Local Hero

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
UPC: 0085391130727
Original Release: 1983
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:51:00

Special Features

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

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
Caroline Guthrie Pauline
Kenny Ireland Skipper
Ray Jeffries Andrew
Harlan Jordan Fountain
James Kennedy Edward
Buddy Quaid Crabbe
John Gordon Sinclair Ricky
Sandra Voe Mrs. Fraser
Jimmy Yuill Iain
Charles Kearney Peter
David Mowat Gideon
Ian Stewart Bulloch
Willie Joss Sandy
John M. Jackson Cal
Tam Dean Burn Roddy

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

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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Local Hero 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?