Directed by Michael Hoffman (Restoration, One Fine Day), Restless Natives
is a humorous tale about two underemployed Scots, Ronnie (Joe Mullaney) and
Will (Vincent Friell) who, bored and tempted by the untapped wealth of the
international tourists that swarm through the city, hatch a wildly
irresponsible plan to achieve wealth and notoriety. Riding on a moped
accross the Scottish Highlands disguised in joke shop masks and armed with
a puffer gun that shoots out curry powder, their ingenious robberies become
the focus of worldwide news and quickly turn them into a local tourist
attraction bigger than the loch ness monster! However, with Police
Superintendent Baird (Robert Urquhart) and a vacationing CIA Agent Fritz
Bender (Ned Beatty, Deliverence) hot on their heels, the net begins to
close in on the restless natives, but not before an unexpected turn of
events. Originally released in 1985, Restless Natives features an
infectious soundtrack by Big Country and some stunning Highlands scenery.
This much-loved and, until now, much-missed film is a thoroughly enjoyable
gem and one of the best films ever to come out of Scotland.
RESTLESS NATIVES is released as part of the ‘
Vintage Classics Collection
’ which showcases iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring
brand new extra content. The collection includes KIND HEARTS &
CORONETS, THE DAM BUSTERS, BILLY LIAR, DON’T LOOK NOW, THE LADYKILLERS,
DEATH ON THE NILE, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, THE WICKER MAN, THE MAN WHO
FELL TO EARTH and many more.