Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. United Kingdom, 1983. Enigma Productions, Goldcrest Films International. Screenplay by Bill Forsyth. Cinematography by Chris Menges. Produced by David Puttnam. Music by Mark Knopfler. Production Design by Roger Murray-Leach. Costume Design by Pip Newbery, Penny Rose. Film Editing by Michael Bradsell. New York Film Critics Awards 1983.
Billionaire oil manufacturer Burt Lancaster and employee Peter Riegert travel to Scotland to see about the purchase of land for an oil refinery they want to build there, immediately getting caught up in the magical life of the nearby small town and its charming citizens. This starry-eyed, subtly beautiful comedy is graced with depictions of a laid-back life and its comparison to the empty drive of American industry, but it might be a bit too mellow for some audiences. Performances are all great, with Bill Forsyth contributing assured direction and Chris Menges providing gorgeous cinematography. The musical score by Mark Knopfler was so well received that the soundtrack has outsold the film itself.