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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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Uwe Werner
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Mario Borges ...
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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 movie's opening prologue states: "This film was made in the Rain Forest of the Amazon and is based on real events and actual characters". 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) See more »

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The best movie of Boorman
29 July 2004 | by (washington DC) – See all my reviews

Certainly the best of Boorman. After seeing again Deliverance, which was thrilling when it was first released, and Excalibur, poetical, Wagnerian but a little bit out of date (regarding the shining 70's fake armors), Emerald Forest deepens philosophy and ethnology. Very profound and touching, very good acting, excellent photography, technically superb, there's nothing to really complain about. It hasn't aged at all and probably won't. I gave it a 10 because I do not see anything to improve. In our sad new era of ethnological destruction, where there's no place anymore for the Aborigene or any other tribal culture, this movie gives a little hope, a little reverie of seeing things turning in the right direction thanks to ancient magic. How vain but how beautiful!


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