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The Mosquito Coast (1986)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  26 November 1986 (USA)
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An eccentric and dogmatic inventor sells his house and takes his family to Central America to build a utopia in the middle of the jungle. Conflicts with his family, a local preacher and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Haddy
Andre Gregory ...
Reverend Spellgood
Mr. Polski
Jadrien Steele ...
Michael Rogers ...
Francis Lungley
Hilary Gordon ...
April Fox
Rebecca Gordon ...
Clover Fox
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Mrs. Polski (as Alice Sneed)
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An eccentric and dogmatic inventor sells his house and takes his family to Central America to build a utopia in the middle of the jungle. Conflicts with his family, a local preacher and with nature are only small obstacles to his obsession. Based upon a Paul Theroux novel. Written by Keith Loh <>

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He never bargained for what he found. See more »


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Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mosquito Coast  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$14,302,779 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The film's failure at the box office was mainly attributed to Harrison Ford's performance, which many critics found to be too forced and over-the-top. See more »


While Allie Fox and his family are being lashed by violent winds and near horizontal rain during a hurricane a couple of palm trees in the background are standing perfectly still. See more »


[first lines]
Charlie: My father was an inventor, a genius with anything mechanical. Nine patents, six pending. He dropped out of Harvard, "to get an education", he said. I grew up with the belief that the world belonged to him, and that everything he said was true.
Allie Fox: Look around ya, how did America get this way? Land of promise, land of opportunity. Give us the wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Have a Coke. Watch TV.
Charlie: Have a nice day.
Allie Fox: Go on welfare. Get free money. Turn to crime - crime pays in this ...
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Sing Alleluia
Words and Music by Gary Johnson
Performed by Grace Gospel Primary School Choir
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Excellently crafted - painful to watch
24 June 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Some of the other reviews summarize this pretty well. The Mosquito Coast details flawlessly the grotesque decomposition of a good and true man. Harrison Ford's Allie is driven insane by his own intelligence and inability to control his ego. Even more remarkable and disquieting is the fact that this is based on a true story. In some ways, Allie reminds me of Dr. Mobius from Forbidden Planet. But the demons Allie conjures up are far more grotesque and deadly than anything from even Mobius' warped imagination. I conclude that this is a true piece of art and science -- magnificently crafted from beginning to end -- and I will NEVER voluntarily watch it again.

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