“Local Hero,” which stars Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert, was written and directed by Bill Forsyth. Riegert is the emissary of a Texan oilman, played by Lancaster, sent to negotiate oil drilling rights with a Scottish fishing town. But will Riegert go native?
“Local Hero” has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. From Janet Maslin’s 1983 New York Times review [requires log-in]:
Genuine fairy tales are rare; so is film-making that is thoroughly original in an unobtrusive way. Bill Forsyth’s quirky disarming ”Local Hero” is both, and it’s also proof that Mr. Forsyth’s other feature film released here, ”Gregory’s Girl,” was more than a happy accident. The Glasgow-born Mr. Forsyth has put Scottish comedy on the map, for whatever that’s worth. He has also developed a dryly whimsical style, very close to a deadpan at times, that allows the strangest events or personages to glide by almost unnoticed. ”Local Hero” contains a mermaid, an enchanted village and a possibly magical rabbit. No undue fuss is made about any one of them.
“Local Hero” is being presented through the support of Best Video member John McNamara, a strong supporter of the Performance Space programming.
• Wednesday, May 28. SYNTH POP: MISSION ZERO
• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE
• Monday, June 2. FILM SCREENING: “LOCAL HERO”
• Wednesday, June 4. ROCK: THE IVORY BILLS
• Thursday, June 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM & TOM HANFORD, BOP TWEEDIE
• Friday, June 6. WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS
• Wednesday, June 11. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON, SANDI KAHN SHELTON
• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND
• Friday, June 13. FOLK: ROBERT MESSORE
• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA
• Thursday, June 19. GARAGE POP/PSYCHEDELIC ROCK: HAPPY ENDING
• Wednesday, June 25. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR
• Thursday, June 26. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER
• Friday, June 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU
• Wednesday, July 9. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL
• Friday, Aug. 1. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC: DAVID ELKIN-GINNETTI