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Screen legend Burt Lancaster gives an outstanding performance as an eccentric oil man who orders a young executive ("Crossing Delancey"'s Peter Riegert) to purchase a quaint Scottish village as the site for a giant oil refinery. Produced by David Puttnam ("Chariots of Fire," "Midnight Express"), with a musical score by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler ("The Color of Money," "The Princess Bride"). New York Magazine called this "'Brigadoon' without bag pipes, a wonderful movie that creates magic without resorting to special effects" and the Daily News said "this entrancing comedy proves hard to resist...a warmly refreshing movie." Received Best Screenplay Awards from both the National Society of Film Critics and the N.Y. Film Critics, and won a place on the "top ten" lists of 16 publications including, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek. Maltin dubs this "a little gem."
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: A charmingly low-key character study brought to life by a tremendously talented cast, Local Hero is as humorous as it is heartwarming.
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Common Sense Says
A poignant, funny tale of a simpler life.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has the feel of a fairy tale, but there are some odd moments that may bother some kids. Happer hires a "therapist" for a bizarre "abuse therapy." Danny saves a rabbit that is then cooked and served to Danny and McIntyre by Gordon.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:February 17, 1983
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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