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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. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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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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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 film was made and released about thirteen years after is source original newspaper article had first been published. See more »

Quotes

Bill Markham: Tomme, I want you to come with me. Momme wants you to come home.
Kachiri: He is finished with mothers. I am his woman now.
Bill Markham: You stole my son.
Tomme: Dadee.
Bill Markham: He took you from me, from Momme.
Tomme: That was long ago.
Bill Markham: I just want you to see the home that you came from.
Tomme: This is my home. It will be the home of my children.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) See more »

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Maior Abandonado
Written by Frejat and Cazuza
Performed by Barão Vermelho
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Great exploration of man vs. the wild
13 January 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE EMERALD FOREST sees John Boorman returning to the dark heart of the world's wildernesses in this story about native tribes living in the Amazon. Powers Boothe plays an engineer whose son is kidnapped by one such tribe, leading him on a ten-year search for answers.

The film works on a double level. First, it stands as a completely adequate action-adventure, with all manner of violent shoot-outs, especially a climactic showdown that brings back memories of hard-hitting '70s greats like ROLLING THUNDER. There's suspense a-plenty, along with strong turns from both Boothe and the director's son.

The film's storyline also allows Boorman to explore themes that are clearly close to his heart, namely the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest by greedy developers and loggers, who turn out to be the real villains of the piece. Yes, it sounds like it could be preachy but it never is, thanks to Boorman's skill at handling the material with subtlety and grace.

THE EMERALD FOREST is virtually unknown today - I caught it tucked away in a late-night showing - but it doesn't deserve to be; DELIVERANCE is the better known effort but this comes close at frequent intervals.


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