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Charley Boorman, who plays Powers Boothe's son Tommy, is the actual son of director John Boorman.
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The film is based on actual real-life events. The picture's under-the-title tagline actually stated "Based on a true story".
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Due to the fact that many of the native South American actors wear very little and many of their women appear topless in the picture, reportedly, filming each day started with the non-South American cast and crew personnel performing naked aerobic exercising.
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The film was "released with native language dialogue" and "became the first feature ever made for U.S. markets in a principal language other than English" according to the book "Picture This!: A Guide to Over 300 Environmentally, Socially, and Politically Relevant Films and Videos" (1992) by Sky Hiatt.
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According to director John Boorman's book "Money Into Light - The Emerald Forest: A Diary" (1985), Boorman's initial choice for the part of the son Tomme was C. Thomas Howell. When Howell was unavailable, John decided to use his own son Charley Boorman for the part.
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According to TV Guide, "In October 1972 an account written by Leonard Greenwood appeared in the Los Angeles Times. It told of a Peruvian engineer whose son had been kidnapped by a band of Indians and of the man's successful search to locate the child. Screenwriter Rospo Pallenberg saw the news item and took it to producer-director John Boorman". The result was this movie.
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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".
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Star Powers Boothe almost drowned during the shooting of one sequence where Charley Boorman was assisting Boothe cross a river. Boorman's pleas for assistance were initially interpreted by distant crew personnel as being part of his performance.
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First major lead starring role of actor Charley Boorman and son of director John Boorman who had previously had small roles in the director's previous films Excalibur (1981) and Deliverance (1972), and his later ones, such as Hope and Glory (1987) and Beyond Rangoon (1995).
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Charley Boorman broke the same toe four times during production. After the lengthy shoot, during which he had spent virtually the entire time barefoot, his party trick was to light a match on his bare feet.
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The names of the indigenous South American tribes were "The Fierce People" and "The Invisible People." There is a reference to a former tribe named "The Bat People." The members of "The Invisible Tribe" refer to the dam builders as "The Termite People."
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The tribe name given to Tommy Markham (Charley Boorman) was "Tomme" whilst the tribal dream name he had for his real father Bill Markham (Powers Boothe) was "Daddé".
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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', the movie is "based on an uncredited true story about a Peruvian whose son disappeared in the jungles of Brazil".
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According to the book "Picture This!: A Guide to Over 300 Environmentally, Socially, and Politically Relevant Films and Videos" (1992) by Sky Hiatt, "John Boorman lugged a production crew and truckloads of equipment where no equipment had gone before to film on location in the Amazon basin".
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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".
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According to Hal Erickson at the website 'Allmovie', the film "...is based on a true story, as related by Los Angeles Times correspondent Leonard Greenwood".
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Average Shot Length = ~8.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~8.4 seconds.
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Many movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "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 (1985). Based on a true story."
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The character of Tommy Markham was played by two actors, William Rodriguez as the young boy Tommy, and Charley Boorman as the older tribal Tomme.
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The picture was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985.
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Actor Powers Boothe had previously starred in Southern Comfort (1981) a picture that has often been likened to Deliverance (1972), The Emerald Forest (1985) director John Boorman's earlier box-office hit picture.
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The amount of time that it took for father Bill Markham (Powers Boothe) to find his son Tommy Markham (Charley Boorman) in the Amazonian rainforest in Brazil was ten years.
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This movie was first released in the same year that John Boorman directed the television short Journey Into Light (1985) which had a very similar title to Boorman's book "Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest: A Diary" (1985) which was about the making of this picture.
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This was the fourth and final collaboration between director John Boorman and Rospo Pallenberg, the others being Deliverance (1972), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and Excalibur (1981).
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The Australian DVD sleeve notes describe the picture as a "true-life Tarzan saga".
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The name of the hydro-electric dam construction company was the "Amazco Corporation".
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