236. Local Hero (1983)

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6.5 Promising but dry
  • Acting 6.9
  • Directing 6.4
  • Story 6.3
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Starring: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Peter Capaldi

Director: Bill Forsyth

Running Time: 111 mins


Local Hero is a British film about an American oil executive who sends an employee over to Scotland to negotiate with a small coastal town to buy it in order to turn it into an oil refinery.

This film was pretty funny. I felt that the story was a bit empty of anything in reality, and the setting was a bit dull (that’s Northern Scotland for you!), but it was still quite a nice film to watch.

The beginning of the film was very promising to me, as I found it very funny how there was just one guy who does every job in the town, and everybody just does the same thing everyday, such as the man on the scooter driving past the hotel every time anyone comes out.

However, the problem with this continuous joke is that it keeps going on for a bit too long throughout the film, and once it is just pushed at you for the whole duration, it does become quite a bit boring to watch.

Overall, I’ll give this a 6.5 because although it was promising and quite funny, it was mostly quite boring and repetitive (in terms of the comedy) to watch.

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