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Restless Natives (1985)

Two Scottish friends become local folk heroes and tourist attractions when they start holding up tour buses with novelty items.

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writer:

Ninian Dunnett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Friell Vincent Friell ... Will
Joe Mullaney ... Ronnie
Teri Lally Teri Lally ... Margot
Ned Beatty ... Bender
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Baird
Bernard Hill ... Will's father
Mel Smith ... Pyle
Bryan Forbes ... Driver
Nanette Newman ... Passenger
Ann Scott-Jones Ann Scott-Jones ... Will's mother
Rachel Boyd Rachel Boyd ... Ilsa
Iain McColl Iain McColl ... Nigel
Dave Anderson Dave Anderson ... Illingworth
Eiji Kusuhara ... Presenter
Ed Bishop ... Reporter
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Storyline

Two lads in Edinburgh embark on a non-violent spree of robberies. They dress up in clown masks and act as modern highwaymen, robbing coach loads of tourists in the highlands. In the process they become folk heroes to the locals. Their adventures make for a whimsical and gentle comedy, in the Bill Forsyth vein. Written by Alan Burns <aburns@nelson.com>

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They're bigger than the lochness monster! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Touristenfalle See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stuart Adamson from big country supplied most of the soundtrack. See more »


Soundtracks

Come Back to Me
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Big Country
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A mild adventure comedy

It takes a lot to get around the alarmingly 80's Edinburgh featured in this movie. A lot has changed since then and since the movie is about 2 guys who are bored with their lives, the city scenes are shot in the most drab and depressing way possible. This only accentuates their adventures in the countryside.

Basically Ronnie and Will are on the edge. They hate their lives so much and decide that a little highway robbery in the highlands would be just the fun they are looking for. What begins as a little fun soon leads to them becoming local heroes and, by the end, immortal legends.

With good characters, some funny scenes and a nice feel-good factor towards the end, Restless Natives makes for easily diverting entertainment. It's long, long out of print and ancient VHS ex-rental copies go for £135 at online auction sites. I think a DVD release is rather overdue. I hope it comes in widescreen when it does. I am unsure or the original aspect ratio but the copy I saw was in pan and scan and the lack of wide shot in the countryside scenes felt awkward and disorientating.

The mangled Glaswegian accents did NOT fit the Edinburgh setting though.


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