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The Emerald Forest (1985)

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After the son of engineer Bill Markham is abducted by an aboriginal tribe on the edge of the rain forest, the engineer spends the next 10 years searching for him.

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Based on a true story, Powers Boothe plays an American dam engineer in Brazil. Boothe's son (played by Charlie Boorman - son of director John Boorman) is kidnapped by a rain forest tribe, and raised as one of their own. Boothe continues to look for him and after many trials and adventures, stumbles upon him. Written by A. Felhofer <valmytrailslodge@itol.com>

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rain | dam | rain forest | city | brazil | See All (115) »

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3 July 1985 (USA)  »

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La selva esmeralda  »

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$4,345,150, 7 July 1985

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$24,468,550
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The climate during the filming of the picture was regularly hot, humid, rainy and uncomfortable. Director John Boorman has said that the wet inclement weather in Belém in Pará, Brazil was "a daily torrential downpour". See more »

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Werner: Can you smell it? The oxygen? 40% of the world's oxygen is produced here in the Amazon.
Bill Markham: Come on, Uwe, oxygen doesn't smell. It's... the rot, the decay.
Werner: Also the blossoms.
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One of the best eco-awareness pieces since "Silent Spring"

Not sure that you'll get a comment from anyone of my generation (the Depression-ridden 30's) about the Emerald Forest. But here goes, anyway...

I first became aware of the term "ecology" when I signed up for a masters-level college class of the same name in 1965. It was the first formalization of the study of ecology on the West Coast. I took it simply because I needed a natural science credit and all the other classes were full. The class changed my life, and my perspectives. I devoured Rachel Carson, and savored movies like Dances With Wolves and Medicine Man. I even joined Green Peace at the age of 32 and suspect that I am probably the only Republican in history that can make that claim.

I would vote that Emerald Forest is the best of all popular eco-message dramas. It is my all time favorite. It is so well done in every area...script, acting, photography, and re-enactment of tribal customs. At the same time, it delivers a powerful message that can only be dismissed by the most callous of personalities. Every time I see the movie I am filled with regret that I could never accomplish such a landmark cinematographic ecological statement.

I was also filled with the emotion to go to Brazil and blow away anyone with a chainsaw...


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