Lazy Sunday: Local Hero

By Kay Gardiner
May 6, 2018
Pennywhistle! Accordion! Mark Knopfler! A guy who went on to play Dr. Who!

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  • Local Hero has long been one of my favorites. Canny Scott!

  • You can also download the movie on Hoopla with your local library card.

  • At least once a year, we watch Local Hero. This is my most favourite movie of all time. From my first viewing, I have been entranced.The story line, the scenery, the gentle humour (whose baby is it?!), the music . . . it draws me in every time I watch it.

  • A favorite of mine. It is charming and sweet. The cast is wonderful. Enjoy!

  • I love this movie too. You should check out Gregory’s Girl as well.

    • And watch That Sinking Feeling. Bill Forsyth was a great director.

      • Don’t forget Comfort and Joy!

        • I did forget it. When I was writing the post all I could think of was the ice cream truck movie. It didn’t seem specific enough. Thanks

      • And Housekeeping, based on a novel by Marliynne Robinson (Gilead) – not as funny but very beautiful and with great acting.

    • And watch out for the penguin!

  • “We have an injured rabbit also!” My favorite movie of all time. Enjoy y’all!!

  • I absolutely loved “Local Hero” when it first came out and have seen it a few times more. I have just ordered “I Know Where I Am Going” from my library and also started on the first Lillian Beckwith book “The Hills Is Lonely” and hope to read the whole seven book series this summer and dream about being in Scotland………

  • One of the best “feel good” movies ever!

  • Oh! Every time I watch Local Hero, at the end when the phone is ringing, I want to get up, walk out of the house, and Go To Scotland.

  • Love Local Hero. Definitely time for a rewatch! Thanks. another good lazy Sunday Scottish watch is the Hamish MacBeth series available on Acorn I think. Reminds me a bit of Northern Exposure but instead of odd charming characters in Alaska, they’re in a small Highland village. although some episodes are darker.

  • Haven’t seen it since the 80s, but never forgot it or it’s sweetness. Off to watch it on Prime. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Love Local Hero! Get the soundtrack.

    • I also likes when he asks Gordon(?) to trade lives. Charming.

  • I am old enough to remember this film when it was in the repertory cinema we had in Hamilton, Ontario in the 1980’s. I saw it again not too long ago and it really stood the test of time. Cannot remember if there are any shots of folk wearing nice fair isle pullovers or cardies though to connect it to the knitting community.

  • My husband’s all time favorite movie. We watch it now and then on VHS.

  • So glad you enjoyed the movie! We got to Morar late on a midsummer evening and the sky was glowing with light. A woman with a Border Collie was at one end of the beach and a man appeared at the other end, maybe a quarter mile away, walking. The dog caught sight of him and raced across the space between them, then greeted him with leaping, twirling joy. All in the mid-June gloaming. Scotland.

  • My dear husband wrote his Master’s thesis about this wonderful film. We were tickled when we were able to taste a scotch that is over 100 years old….”Old enough to be out on its own!”

  • “Local Hero” Love this movie, soundtrack, scenery – everything! When renting videos was the thing to do, I would rent only this movie, over and over lol Thanks for the memory!

  • I was lucky enough to first see this movie in Edinburgh, while studying abroad in Britain back in the 80s. And then saw Denis Lawson perform in a musical in the West End. I was a very starry eyed college student that summer.

  • Fun trivia: Denis Lawson, who plays the innkeeper, played Wedge Antilles in Star Wars Chs. 4-6, and is Ewan McGregor’s uncle.

  • I saw “Local Hero” when it was first released. I was captivated by the scenery and quirky characters. I immediately went out and bought the Mark Knopfler sound track to which I used to listen all the time. Someday, I would like to visit both Scotland and the Shetland Islands on a sightseeing and fiber tour!

  • Funnily enough the NYT today has an article on St. Kilda, mentioning both The Edge of the World and I Know Where I’m Going. Lovely photos as well.
    A Veritable No Man’s Land Off the Coast of Scotland

  • One of my all time favorite movies!