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The Mosquito Coast (1986)

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An inventor spurns his city life to move his family into the jungles of Central America to make a utopia.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Allie Fox
... Mother
... Charlie
Jadrien Steele ... Jerry
Hilary Gordon ... April
Rebecca Gordon ... Clover
... Clerk
... Mr. Polski
Alice Heffernan-Sneed ... Mrs. Polski (as Alice Sneed)
Tiger Haynes ... Mr. Semper
... Captain Smalls
... Reverend Spellgood
Melanie Boland ... Mrs. Spellgood
... Emily Spellgood
Raymond Clare ... Convert 1
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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. Conflicts with his family, a local preacher and with nature are only small obstacles to his obsession. Based upon a Paul Theroux novel. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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How far should a man go to find his dream? Allie Fox went to the Mosquito Coast. He went too far. See more »


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26 November 1986 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,302,779
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Second and final [to date, July 2015] collaboration of actor Harrison Ford and director Peter Weir. The first had been Witness (1985) which had been made and released the previous year. Weir also made two films with actor Mel Gibson which were Gallipoli (1981) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). Ford and Gibson later both appeared in The Expendables 3 (2014) but shared no screen time together. See more »

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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 »

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[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 ...
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Referenced in Reel Paradise (2005) See more »

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Words and Music by Gary Johnson
Performed by Grace Gospel Primary School Choir
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Life on La Mosquitia – Chronicles of the Fox Family
17 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Mosquito Coast is one of the best books I have ever read, and the movie does super well to do justice to that novel. It is also one of Harrison Ford's best character roles; the eccentricity and opinionated genius of Allie is done to perfection by him. Peter Weir's brilliant direction is to be expected considering his other masterpieces – Fearless, also based on an excellent book of the same name, is one of the best movies yet. His films (Truman Show, Green Card, and Witness come to mind) tend to chronicle troubles and eccentric characters to go out on a limb, literally.

The narration is carefully done, only enough voice-overs to explain the philosophical implications and underpinnings of the characters' thoughts and actions. There are, of course, some mysterious elements to how things happen, which can only be remedied by reading Theroux's book of the same name.

Taking a very Robinson Crusoe-esquire piece of fiction and putting it to film is not an easy process. In fact, this is the kind of novel that can be very easily messed up by the movies with strong action and adventure type Hollywood direction. Luckily, Weir has done an excellent job portraying the characters – not so much the plot – of those who will come to inhabit The Mosquito Coast. In short, not only is Mosquito Coast a film to watch, it should be required.

RATING: 10/10 "We eat when we're not hungry, drink when we're not thirsty. We buy what we don't need and throw away everything that's useful. Why sell a man what he wants? Sell him what he doesn't need. Pretend he's got eight legs and two stomachs and money to burn. It's wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong."


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