Restless Natives

For the interactive performance project with the same name, see Restless Natives (performance).
Restless Natives

Film Poster
Directed by Michael Hoffman
Produced by Rick Stevenson
Andy Paterson
Mark Bentley
Written by Ninian Dunnett
Starring Vincent Friell
Joe Mullaney
Teri Lally
Ned Beatty
Robert Urquhart
Bernard Hill
Mel Smith
Music by Stuart Adamson
Cinematography Oliver Stapleton
Distributed by Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment
Orion Classics
Release dates
  • June 1985 (1985-06) (UK)
  • 12 September 1986 (1986-09-12) (USA)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Scotland
Language English
Budget £1.2 million[1]
Box office £300,000[1]

Restless Natives is a 1985 comedy film directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Vincent Friell, Joe Mullaney, and Ned Beatty.

Filmed in Scotland, the story follows the adventures of two young men who don masks (a clown and a wolf-man) and hold up tourist coaches in the Highlands. These modern highwaymen become local folk heroes as well as a tourist attraction in themselves.

The soundtrack features music by Big Country. This music was not released on an album but was combined into two lengthy tracks, each featuring various pieces of music and clips of actors from the film's audio, which appeared on limited edition formats of two Big Country 12" singles. It was released on CD for the first time on the 1998 Big Country collection Restless Natives & Rarities, where it is presented as a single 35-minute track.

The film performed well at the box office in Scotland but struggled to make an impact elsewhere.[1]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Alexander Walker, Icons in the Fire: The Rise and Fall of Practically Everyone in the British Film Industry 1984-2000, Orion Books, 2005 p35

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