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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill Markham
... Jean Markham
Yara Vaneau ... Young Heather
... Young Tommy
... Heather
... Tomme
... Kachiri
Eduardo Conde ... Uwe Werner
Ariel Coelho ... Padre Leduc
... Perreira
Mario Borges ... Costa
Átila Iório ... Trader (as Atilia Iorio)
Gabriel Archanjo ... Trader's Henchman
Gracindo Júnior ... Carlos
Arthur Muhlenberg ... Rico
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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 »


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3 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La selva esmeralda  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,345,150, 7 July 1985

Gross USA:

$24,468,550
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2.35 : 1
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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". See more »

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Wanadi: When a dream becomes flesh, trouble is not far behind.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) See more »

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One of the most beautiful movies ever made!
22 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Emerald Forest is, without a doubt, one of my favorite movies of all time. I first saw it many years ago, but rediscovered it recently when it showed up on one of my Dish movie channels. The son of an engineer is kidnapped in the rain forest. The engineer (Powers Booth) discovers him years later, when he is a teenager. By then, the son is part of a tribe which has raised him and molded him into a man. He does not want to leave. However, the boy must find and request the help of his father when a rival tribe kills several male members of his tribe members and kidnaps their women. A great (true) story, wonderful acting, and amazing cinematography make this movie an amazing viewing experience. Think Apocalypto without all of the blood and violence. There is a good amount of female nudity. If you enjoy this movie, I also recommend Rapa Nui for it's great scenery and story.


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