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The Mosquito Coast -- Based on a best-selling novel, this is the story of one man's attempt to create a utopian existence in the rain forest for his family.
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Paul Theroux (novel)
Paul Schrader (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 November 1986 (USA) See more »
He never bargained for what he found. See more »
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Excellently crafted - painful to watch See more (99 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harrison Ford ... Allie Fox

Helen Mirren ... Mother

River Phoenix ... Charlie
Jadrien Steele ... Jerry
Hilary Gordon ... April
Rebecca Gordon ... Clover

Jason Alexander ... Clerk

Dick O'Neill ... Mr. Polski
Alice Heffernan-Sneed ... Mrs. Polski (as Alice Sneed)
Tiger Haynes ... Mr. Semper
William Newman ... Captain Smalls
Andre Gregory ... Reverend Spellgood
Melanie Boland ... Mrs. Spellgood

Martha Plimpton ... Emily Spellgood
Raymond Clare ... Convert 1
Emory King ... Man at Bar

Conrad Roberts ... Mr. Haddy
Michael Rogers ... Francis Lungley
Tony Vega Sr. ... Mr. Maywit
Aurora Clavel ... Mrs. Maywit

Butterfly McQueen ... Ma Kennywick
Michael Opoku ... Bucky
Adolpho Salguero ... Drainy
Rafael Cho ... Leon
Sofia Coc ... Alice
Margarita Coc ... Veryl
Wilfred Peters ... Dixon
Luis Palacio ... Peaselee
Juan Antonio Llanes ... Mercenary
Abel Woolrich ... Mercenary
Jorge Zepeda ... Mercenary

Directed by
Peter Weir 
Writing credits
Paul Theroux (novel)

Paul Schrader (screenplay)

Produced by
Jerome Hellman .... producer
Neville C. Thompson .... associate producer (as Neville Thompson)
Saul Zaentz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
John Seale 
Film Editing by
Thom Noble 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Production Design by
John Stoddart 
Art Direction by
John Wingrove 
Set Decoration by
John H. Anderson  (as John Anderson)
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
Makeup Department
Rosalina Da Silva .... assistant makeup artist (as Rosalina Silva)
Judy Lovell .... key hair stylist
Judy Lovell .... key makeup artist
Michelle Myers .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Stewart Krohn .... production manager
Stratton Leopold .... production manager: USA
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve E. Andrews .... second assistant director (as Steve Andrews)
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
Michael Hammerman .... trainee assistant director (as Mike Hammerman)
Philip A. Patterson .... third assistant director (as Philip Patterson)
Russell Vreeland .... fourth assistant director (as Russ Kneeland)
Art Department
Frank L. Brown .... assistant property master (as Frank Brown)
Gary Clark .... painter foreman
John Fredericks .... assistant props
Gene Fukuzawa .... greensman (as Gene 'Chubby' Fukuzawa)
Richard Greene .... greensmen
Mike Higelmire .... assistant set decorator: USA (as Michael Higelmire)
Bill Iiams .... first construction foreman
Roger Irvin .... construction coordinator
Michael Kohan .... stand-by props
Tom Lawson .... metalwork foreman
Charles R. Lipscomb .... lead man (as Chuck Lipscomb)
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master (as Ray Mercer)
Brian Nickless .... assistant art director
John A. Scott III .... lead man (as John Scott III)
Daniel Sudick .... second construction foreman (as Dan Sudick)
Tony Villanueva .... construction foreman: Belize
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
C.J. Appel .... adr editor
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... sound effects assistant (as Sandina Bailo)
John Benson .... sound effects editor
David Franklin Bergad .... dialogue assistant (as David Bergad)
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Jay Boekelheide .... sound effects editor
Todd Boekelheide .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicole Boris .... apprentice sound editor
Matt Brady .... foley engineer
Karen Brocco .... dialogue assistant
T.M. Christopher .... sound effects assistant
Luis Colina .... foley assistant
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue assistant
Richard Daniel .... sound maintenance
Frank E. Eulner .... sound effects assistant (as Frank Eulner)
Peter Fenton .... dialogue mixer: Australia
Les Fiddess .... dubbing editor: Australia
Rob Fruchtman .... foley editor
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam .... supervising dialogue editor
Phil Heywood .... sound effects mixer
Richard Hymns .... sound effects editor
Pat Jackson .... sound effects editor
Leigh Kowald .... assistant dubbing editor: Australia
Ann Kroeber .... sound effects recordist
Laurel Ladevich .... adr editor
Michael Magill .... dialogue assistant
Robert Marty .... dialogue assistant (as Bob Marty)
Barbara McBane .... dialogue editor
John Morris .... foley assistant
Christopher Newman .... production sound recordist
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Diana Pellegrini .... foley editor
Michele Perrone .... apprentice sound editor
Janis Prater .... apprentice sound editor
Michael Rosen .... foley engineer
Paige Sartorius .... sound effects assistant
Robert Shoup .... foley editor
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Alan Splet .... supervising sound editor
Ewa Sztompke .... sound effects assistant
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
John Verbeck .... assistant sound editor
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Alan Abrams .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Albert Bartoli .... special effects
Paul Bradley .... special effects foreman: Belize
Pat Cartwright .... special effects
Casey Cavanaugh .... special effects
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects coordinator (as Larry Cavanaugh)
Noah Cornell .... special effects assistant
Allen Hall .... special effects
Rudy Liszczak .... special effects
Joe Lombardi .... special effects consultant
Tom Sindicich .... special effects
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects supervisor (as Bruce Steinheimer)
Chuck E. Stewart .... special effects (as Chuck Stewart)
Rich 'Nubbs' Gowdy .... stunt double
Vic Armstrong .... stunt double: Mr. Ford (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dean Bryan .... electrician
Craig Bryant .... best boy electric
David Burr .... camera operator: second unit photography
Patrick Capone .... assistant camera: additional camera crew
François Duhamel .... still photographer (as Francois Duhamel)
Alan Dunstan .... electrician
Nancy Ellison .... special photographer
Ross Erickson .... dolly grip
Geoff Full .... grip
Reg Garside .... gaffer
Andrew Glasser .... rigger
Karl Glasser .... rigger
Gary Hill .... electrician
Laurie Kirkwood .... clapper loader: first camera crew (as Laurence Kirkwood)
Robin Alan Knight .... key grip (as Robin Knight)
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator: additional camera crew (as Bruce McCallum)
Larry McConkey .... camera operator: additional camera crew
Andrew McLean .... focus puller: second unit photography
Rex Nicholson .... clapper loader: second unit photography
John Seale .... camera operator: first camera crew
Ben Seresin .... focus puller: first camera crew
Matt Slattery .... electrician
Robert Verkerk .... electrician (as Robbie Verkerk)
Brian Gunter .... best boy (uncredited)
Egon Stephan Jr. .... technical camera service (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alejandra Hernández .... casting: Mexico (as Alejandra Hernandez)
Sarah C. Koeppe .... casting assistant: New York (as Sarah Koeppe)
Lisa London .... casting apprentice: Los Angeles
Sue Parker .... casting: Central America
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maurine Boutin .... wardrobe assistant
Michael Dennison .... wardrobe consultant
Bruce Ericksen .... wardrobe supervisor
Sue Gandy .... assistant costume designer
Yvonne Jeffries .... wardrobe assistant: Belize
Kerri Mazzocco .... wardrobe mistress (as Kerri Barnett)
Editorial Department
Joan E. Chapman .... post-production coordinator: USA
Carol A. Ellison Fleming .... apprentice editor (as Carol Fleming)
Richard Francis-Bruce .... editor: Australia
Lynn Gailey .... post-production coordinator: Australia
Patricia A. Galvin .... assistant editor (as Patricia Galvin)
Jane Moran .... assistant editor: Australia
Simon Smithers .... assistant editor: Australia
Pamela Jule Yuen .... second assistant editor (as Pamela J. Yuen)
Location Management
Larry Cain .... assistant location manager
David Nichols .... location manager
Lou Nicolait .... location assistant: Central America
Music Department
Michael Boddicker .... musician: synthesizers
Michael Fisher .... musician: synthesizers
Ralph Grierson .... musician: synthesizers
Jim Harrison .... supervising music editor
Maurice Jarre .... music supervisor
Judd Miller .... musician: synthesizers
Joel Moss .... music recordist
Nyle Steiner .... musician: synthesizers
Ian Underwood .... musician: synthesizers
Transportation Department
Hank Van Apeldoorn .... transportation captain: Rome, GA
Susan Van Apeldoorn .... transportation: Rome, GA
Ernesto Vázquez .... transportation manager: Belize (as Ernesto Vazquez)
Other crew
Bunny Alsup .... assistant financial controller
Bonnie Arnold .... production coordinator: USA
Jim Austin .... production assistant
Pamela Bendich .... assistant production coordinator
Christopher Boyer .... production assistant
Judi Bunn .... production coordinator
Phil Carroll .... title designer
Vince Casper .... production assistant
Ann Crump .... nurse: Belize
Michele Day .... post-production accountant: Australia
Jack Dearlove .... stand-in: Mr. Harrison Ford
Denise DeFalco .... production assistant
Milan Dusatko .... production assistant
Michael Emery .... production assistant
Helen Fairweather .... production secretary: Belize
Steven Feldman .... production assistant
Ann-Marie Ferney-Tellez .... production assistant (as Anne-Marie Ferney)
Ashley Fleming .... production assistant
Isabel Goldberg .... stand-in: Mrs. Helen Mirren
Jeff Golub .... native's teeth
Tom Greenwood .... security chief: Belize
Nancy Griffin .... assistant to producer: USA
Ruth Hasty .... production assistant
Moya Iceton .... assistant: Mr. Weir
Moya Iceton .... continuity
Melba Majarrez .... production office secretary: Belize
Donna Maloney .... courier
Juliet Mason .... teacher
Sharon Matola .... animal consultant: Belize
Tamma Myvett .... accounting assistant: Belize
Tim Noonan .... production accountant
Dawn Oltman .... production assistant
Felice Peres .... assistant production coordinator
Scott G. Roberts .... production assistant (as Scott Roberts)
Wayne Rogers .... production assistant
Reid Rosefelt .... unit publicist
Jeff Rosenstock .... production assistant
Roy Segal .... production assistant
Steve Shurtz .... production assistant
Beau St. Clair .... assistant to producer (as Beaumarie St. Clair)
Joe Tysl .... production assistant
Jennifer Ware .... production assistant
Diana Wells .... production assistant
Carice Witte .... courier
John Younger .... production assistant
Paul Zaentz .... financial controller
Jerry Irvine .... rocket effects (uncredited)
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator (uncredited)
Todd Turner .... directorial assistant (uncredited)
Max Cleland .... special thanks (as Secretary of State Max Cleland)
Joe Frank Harris .... special thanks (as Governor Joe Frank Harris)
Crew verified as complete

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117 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

First of two cinema movie collaborations of actors River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton. Their second and final theatrical feature film together was Running on Empty (1988) which was made and released around a couple of years after The Mosquito Coast (1986).See more »
Continuity: 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 country.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003) (V)See more »
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39 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Excellently crafted - painful to watch, 24 June 2001
Author: rollo_tomaso ( from New York, NY

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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