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The Emerald Forest (1985)

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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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John Boorman
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Powers Boothe ... Bill Markham
Meg Foster ... Jean Markham
Yara Vaneau Yara Vaneau ... Young Heather
William Rodriguez ... Young Tommy
Estee Chandler ... Heather
Charley Boorman ... Tomme
Dira Paes ... Kachiri
Eduardo Conde Eduardo Conde ... Uwe Werner
Ariel Coelho Ariel Coelho ... Padre Leduc
Peter Marinker ... Perreira
Mario Borges Mario Borges ... Costa
Átila Iório Átila Iório ... Trader (as Atilia Iorio)
Gabriel Archanjo Gabriel Archanjo ... Trader's Henchman
Gracindo Júnior Gracindo Júnior ... Carlos
Arthur Muhlenberg Arthur Muhlenberg ... Rico
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La selva esmeralda See more »

Filming Locations:

Araguaia River, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,345,150, 7 July 1985

Gross USA:

$24,468,550
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tribe name given to Tommy Markham (Charley Boorman) was "Tomme", while the tribal dream name he had for his real father Bill Markham (Powers Boothe) was "Daddé". See more »

Quotes

Bill Markham: Why did you take my son?
Wanadi: One day, i was hunting at the Edge of The World when Tomme appeared and he smiled; and even though you were a Termite Child, I had not the heart to send you back to The Dead World.
Tomme: Why are they called The Termite People?
Wanadi: They come into The World and chew down all the grandfather trees. Just like termites.
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Maior Abandonado
Written by Frejat and Cazuza
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An excellent adventure
1 May 2002 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

The Emerald Forest is an excellent jungle adventure which is based on a true story.

A young boy is kidnapped by a tribe in the Amazon known as the Invisible People. His dad (Powers Boothe) then spends 10 years searching for him and eventually succeeds, but only by chance. He decides to stay with the tribe rather than go back to his original family.

Boothe's son when grown up is played by the director's son, Charley Boorman and does a great job playing the part. This movie gives you an idea on what it would be like living in the Amazon. Excellent scenery makes the movie better still. It was shot on location in the Amazon.

I have seen this movie a couple of times and enjoyed very much. Watch it if you get the chance.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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