Local Hero was the first film soundtrack that Dire Straits singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler ever composed and performed, and the album was so successful that it reportedly made more money than the film. The final song in the movie, “Going Home,” is played before home games of the Newcastle United football club, Knopfler’s local team.
Michael Douglas and Henry Winkler were in the running for the part of Mac, ultimately played by Peter Riegert.
Two locations were used to create the fictitious town of Ferness. The beach scenes were shot on the west coast of Scotland, in Morar, and the village scenes were shot on the northern coast, in Pennan, over four hours away. The church seen in the exterior shots was actually a life-size cardboard facade built by the crew to make the two locations appear as one.
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