Local Hero

Local Hero

Directed by Bill Forsyth • 1983 • United Kingdom
Starring Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay

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.

Local Hero
  • Local Hero

    Directed by Bill Forsyth • 1983 • United Kingdom
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay

    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...

Extras

  • LOCAL HERO Commentary

    Recorded in 2018, this commentary features LOCAL HERO director Bill Forsyth and film critic Mark Kermode.

  • Bill Forsyth on LOCAL HERO

    In this interview with Bill Forsyth, the director talks to film critic David Cairns about writing and directing LOCAL HERO. It was recorded in Edinburgh in 2019.

  • Shooting from the Heart

    In this 1985 documentary, Chris Menges talks about his work as a cinematographer, including his collaboration with director Bill Forsyth on LOCAL HERO.

  • The Making of LOCAL HERO

    This 1983 program for the broadcaster Scottish Television goes behind the scenes on the production of LOCAL HERO, and features interviews with actors Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert.

  • I Thought Maybe I’d Get to Meet Alan Whicker

    This 1983 program features director Bill Forsyth talking about his early career in documentary filmmaking, his first narrative features, and the success of LOCAL HERO.

  • Collette Costa on LOCAL HERO

    Recorded in 2017, this introduction features Collette Costa, owner and programmer of the Gold Town Nickelodeon theater in Juneau, Alaska, discussing LOCAL HERO.