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The Emerald Forest (1985)

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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What kind of man would return year after year for ten years to rescue a missing boy from the most savage jungle in the world? His father. 'The Emerald Forest'. Based on a true story. See more »


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3 July 1985 (USA)  »

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La selva esmeralda  »

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$4,345,150 (USA) (7 July 1985)

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$24,468,550 (USA)
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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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Wanadi: When I was a boy, the edges of the world was very far away, but it comes closer each year.
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Referenced in Demon Queen (1987) See more »

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Excellent movie.
17 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I actually grew up near the city of Belem, shown in the beginning of the movie, and spent 18 years in the region. I also spent time in many of the Indian tribes in the area, including being "adopted" into one at the age of five.

The movie does a great job of showing many aspects of life in the jungle, including some of the lawlessness. The costumes are fairly authentic, and portrayal of many tribal customs is well done. The manhood ceremony is closely based on authentic ceremonies that happen in most tribes.

Altogether, about as good as you can expect from something that is not intended to be a documentary.


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