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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 ... 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 ... Man in Car
Nanette Newman ... Woman in Car
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 ... Japanese Presenter
Ed Bishop ... TV Reporter (American)
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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 »

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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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

Scottish band 'Big Country' wrote and performed the majority of the soundtrack. See more »


Soundtracks

La Paloma
(uncredited)
Music by Sebasti√°n Yradier
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Charming and funny film from Scotland
3 March 2005 | by TexcueSee all my reviews

Restless Natives is a lovely little curiosity of a film from Scotland. I first discovered the film as a kid and had watched it about 4 times, and had very fond memories of it. On seeing it again recently, I think it is a minor masterpiece of Scottish Comedy. Great idea, fun script, charming acting, good supporting cast, great uplifting music from Big Country and beautiful locations. As a Scotsman, we always get a bit patriotic seeing Scottish locations and hearing Scottish accents in films, and this doesn't disappoint. Forget Braveheart, this is a film that makes me proud to be a Scot. Now, I'm not saying this is by any means a brilliant film... I'm saying that if you like your comedies quirky, silly, fun and with a bit of heart then this is for you. Fantastic acting from Vincent Friell, Joe Mullaney, Bernard Hill, Robert Urquart and Ned Beatty. This film is great, I urge anyone who has seen it years ago to go and get the DVD when it comes out - you won't be disappointed. Favourite moments have to be Vincent's sweeping in the park, the cop in the joke shop, any scene with Ned Beatty and that brilliant chase across Scotland at the end. Yes, there are plenty of weak points in this film too but it makes me smile so much I don't care.


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