Charm is underrated. Local Hero is loaded with charm and magic. Made in the early eighties, it is one of Lancaster's last films and perhaps one of Peter Riegert's first after Animal House.
Happer (Lancaster) sends Mac (Riegert) to a remote Scottish village to secure the property rights for an oil refinery they want to build. Mac teams up with Danny, a local company man, and starts the negotiations. The local villagers are delighted. However a local hermit and beach scavenger has other ideas.
Lancaster eventually arrives and both Americans are overcome by the charm and magic of the village. Happer is more interested in the Northern Lights and Danny in a girl with webbed feet, Marina (Jenny Seagrove) than negotiations over land.
The film was directed by Bill Forsyth after the equally charming Gregory's Girl and before the delightful Comfort and Joy.
It manages to be about something while being charming, funny and magical. How many movies pull that off?
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