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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 an ice factory 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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harrison Ford ... Allie Fox

Helen Mirren ... Mother Fox

River Phoenix ... Charlie Fox

Conrad Roberts ... Mr. Haddy
Andre Gregory ... Reverend Spellgood

Martha Plimpton ... Emily Spellgood

Dick O'Neill ... Mr. Polski

Jadrien Steele ... Jerry Fox
Michael Rogers ... Francis Lungley
Hilary Gordon ... April Fox
Rebecca Gordon ... Clover Fox

Jason Alexander ... Hardware Clerk
Alice Heffernan-Sneed ... Mrs. Polski (as Alice Sneed)
Tiger Haynes ... Mr. Semper
William Newman ... Captain Smalls
Melanie Boland ... Mrs. Spellgood
Raymond Clare ... Convert #1
Emory King ... Man at Bar
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 P. 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)
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)
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
Larry Cain .... assistant location manager
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
David Nichols .... location manager
Lou Nicolait .... location assistant: Central America
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?

Corey Haim was offered the role of Charlie Fox. His father, who was acting as his manager at the time, turned it down in favour of a starring role in Lucas (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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44 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Star Vehicle Runs Out Of Gas, 5 February 2005
Author: Bill Slocum ( from Greenwich, CT United States

You can watch "The Mosquito Coast" and think of how cruelly the world tends to treat idealists. Or you can think how cruelly Hollywood tends to treat literature. It's true either way.

Harrison Ford stars as an inventor named Allie Fox, who leads his wife and four young children into the wilds of Central America (Belize here, Honduras in the novel) to get away from Western civilization, where people eat too much of the wrong things, anesthetize themselves with cheap entertainment, and are lulled to sleep by the falsities of materialism and Christianity.

Allie is better than that, of course, and so he plunges himself and his family into a jungle clearing beside a river. There they create a rustic utopia they can call their own, complete with a giant ice machine that works from internal combustion fueled by ammonia hydroxide. For a while they enjoy the simple life, complete with air conditioning and pedal-powered laundry machine. But paradise can be easier to attain than it is to maintain.

Ford obviously wanted to sink his teeth into some deeper material after the success he had in so many popcorn classics. He was coming off his best performance, in "Witness," and took that film's director Peter Weir along for the river run. You have to give Ford credit for seeking such challenges at the apex of a profitable career, and he does a good job with the character in the script. But the script presents more of a star vehicle for Ford's ambitions than anything worth viewing on its own merits.

It's funny that reviewers like Roger Ebert slammed this movie when it came out because Ford's character was unbearable. Allie Fox in the novel is unbearable, which is why the book is so good. He pushes and pushes his family and punishes them for their devotion. Even before making landfall in Central America, he goads his oldest son, Charlie, to climb a ship's mast and swing from the rigging. He rags on Charlie constantly, without reason, and is a thorough misanthrope, albeit often compelling as portrayed in the novel by Charlie's narration and author Paul Theroux.

But Fox in the movie is not so unbearable. We see Fox and his son, played by River Phoenix, share laughs and backslaps. He hugs and jokes with his wife, "Mother," played by Helen Mirren. Fox in the book is a dark man who spews insults at people, or makes loaded comments and then excuses himself with a terse "Just kidding." Ford imbues him with a sense of humor, an air of reasonableness, and squares off with antagonists who are truly nasty rather than ambiguous targets of Fox's hostility.

Ford maintains Fox's sense of idealistic contempt with Western civilization, and has fun with the many rants Fox throws up. A nice scene shows him going on about something as he starts a chainsaw, continuing to talk as the saw's roar drowns him out and not noticing. But a lot of the time Ford presents us with a beautiful dreamer, and the central idea of the story, that Fox is quite a dangerous man, is lost.

The result is a picture that lacks something the novel has, a sense of depth that gives perspective to the suffering we witness. The story in the book is Charlie's discovery of his father's selfish, dangerous heart. In the movie, it's more like: Why do bad things happen to courageous idealists? After a while, you start to glaze over from it all, and "Mosquito Coast" becomes an ordeal without a point.

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