Restless Natives. Image shows from L to R: Ronnie (Joe Mullaney), Will (Vincent Friell). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL.

Restless Natives

1985 British comedy film about Scottish life. Stars Vincent Friell, Joe Mullaney, Teri Lally, Ned Beatty, Bernard Hill and others.

Restless Natives

Restless Natives

Starring Vincent Friell (Will) and Joe Mullaney (Ronnie) and directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, One Fine Day) from a script by Ninian Dunnett this much-loved film from 1985 comes with additional features including a new documentary with cast and crew.

Ronnie and Will are two under-employed Scots living on a housing estate in Edinburgh. Bored and tempted by the untapped wealth of the international tourists that swarm through the city, they hatch a wildly irresponsible plan to achieve wealth and notoriety.

Donning a wolf and a clown mask and armed with a puffer gun loaded with homemade mace they politely hold up coachloads of tourists travelling through the Highlands for a bit of cash. The duo soon become a hit with the tourists and the public alike, following in the great tradition of fellow folk heroes Robin Hood and Rob Roy. Their exploits make them a bigger tourist attraction than the Loch Ness Monster, much to the annoyance of the inept local police.

Ned Beatty (Network) also stars as a vacationing CIA Agent Fritz Bender who joins the pursuit of the outlaws, with Bernard Hill (The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King) as Will's dad and Mel Smith (Alas Smith & Jones) as a schmoozing gangster who wants to cash in on their fame.

Following the home-grown international hits Gregory's Girl (1981) and Local Hero (1983), Restless Natives bangs the drum for Scottish cultural pride with its humour, a soaring soundtrack by Big Country and stunning Highlands scenery. This spirited, establishment-mocking caper movie remains a much-loved and thoroughly enjoyable comedy gem.

First released: Monday 1st March 2021

Extras

  • Audio commentary with director Michael Hoffman, writer Ninian Dunnett and producer Andy Patterson
  • A Restless Retrospective: Creating A Caledonian Classic (40 min)
  • Soundtrack For A Not-So-Big-Country: The Music of Restless Natives (16 min)
  • Behind the scenes stills gallery
  • Trailer
  • Distributor: STUDIOCANAL
  • Region: B
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 90
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: OPTBD4357

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  • Distributor: STUDIOCANAL
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 86

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