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After the international success of Dire Straits’ Love Over Gold, bandleader Mark Knopfler took a sabbatical to compose music for Bill Forstyth’s 1983 film Local Hero. Beyond adding atmospheric color to this beguiling tale of a small Scottish town, the score stands on its own as an evocative, subtly-textured showcase for the guitarist’s composing gifts. Knopfler’s pieces draw upon Celtic elements, with intimations of the blues flashing in the Highland mists he conjures up. He enlists the aid of bandmates Alan Clark and John Illsley (on keyboards and bass, respectively) to fill out the mostly guitar-centered melodies, creating a shimmering wash of sound on “Stargazer” and invoking rugged Northern coastlines on “Rocks and Thunder.” Tracks like “Wild Theme” highlight his deft finger-picking and ruminating melodies. Gerry Rafferty (of “Baker Street” fame) contributes his vocals to “That’s The Way It Always Starts,” a Latin-shaded serenade. Knopfler has since taken on other worthwhile cinematic projects, but this poignant and often magical recording continues to represent his soundtrack work at its finest.

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Timeless Celtic Mood Music

While I was a Dire Straits fan, especially Brothers in Arms, the movie really fed off the music and vice versa. I miss Bill Forsyth films, the combination of humor and gorgeous tunes is hard to find today. Still one of my favorite films and this one got me started on picking up soundtracks. With the exception of Freeway Flyer, lots of celtic influences throughout.

Possibly the best soundtrack ever recorded

Granted, I'm biased because I’m a huge Knopfler fan. The film was splendid…I rented it with my girlfriend when I was in college back in 84...and immediately knew who was playing on the soundtrack. I’ve got to say that Bill Forsyth (who wrote and directed the film) knew what he was doing when he hired Knopfler to score it. My wife and I have now been married for almost 19 years and it remains one of our favorites films and bodies of music. If you love Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler, give it a listen…and see the film!

Excellent Score

If you are a Mark Knopfler fan you will enjoy this soundtrack. With the use of witty and soothing synthesizers incorporated with the guitar, Knopfler hits the mark. This is a classic original and would accompany Knopfler's work done for the soundtrack "The Princess Bride" in any fans collection.


Born: August 12, 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The most celebrated British guitar hero to emerge in the 1970s and '80s, Mark Knopfler rose to fame as the leader of Dire Straits, and his songwriting and incisive guitar work played a decisive role in making them an international success story. At a time when punk and new wave were making technique for its own sake seem irrelevant, and metal was taking the guitar solo in noisier and unpredictable directions, Knopfler's clean but dexterous picking proved there was still room for traditionalism and...
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