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The Mosquito Coast ()


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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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Allie Fox
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Mother
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Charlie
Jadrien Steele ...
Jerry
Hilary Gordon ...
April
Rebecca Gordon ...
Clover
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Clerk
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Mr. Polski
Alice Heffernan-Sneed ...
Mrs. Polski (as Alice Sneed)
Tiger Haynes ...
Mr. Semper
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Captain Smalls
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Reverend Spellgood
Melanie Boland ...
Mrs. Spellgood
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Emily Spellgood
Raymond Clare ...
Convert 1
Emory King ...
Man at Bar
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Mr. Haddy
Michael Rogers ...
Francis Lungley
Tony Vega Sr. ...
Mr. Maywit
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Mrs. Maywit
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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

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Peter Weir

Written by

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Paul Theroux ... (novel)
 
Paul Schrader ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jerome Hellman ... producer
Neville C. Thompson ... associate producer (as Neville Thompson)
Saul Zaentz ... executive producer

Music by

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Maurice Jarre

Cinematography by

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John Seale

Film Editing by

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Thom Noble

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Dianne Crittenden

Production Design by

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John Stoddart

Art Direction by

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John Wingrove

Set Decoration by

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John H. Anderson ... (as John Anderson)

Costume Design by

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Gary Jones

Makeup Department

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Rosalina Da Silva ... assistant makeup artist (as Rosalina Silva)
Judy Lovell ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Michelle Myers ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Stewart Krohn ... production manager
Stratton Leopold ... production manager: USA

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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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 rerecording mixer
Jay Boekelheide ... sound effects editor
Todd Boekelheide ... rerecording mixer
Nicole Boris ... apprentice 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 ... rerecording mixer
Diana Pellegrini ... foley editor
Michele Perrone ... apprentice editor
Janis Prater ... apprentice 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

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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)

Stunts

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Rich 'Nubbs' Gowdy ... stunt double
Vic Armstrong ... stunt double: Mr. Ford (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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 Alan 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)
Egon Stephan Jr. ... technical camera service (uncredited)

Casting Department

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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

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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)

Location Management

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Larry Cain ... assistant location manager
David Nichols ... location manager
Lou Nicolait ... location assistant: Central America

Music Department

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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

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Hank Van Apeldoorn ... transportation captain: Rome, GA
Susan Van Apeldoorn ... transportation: Rome, GA
Ernesto Vázquez ... transportation manager: Belize (as Ernesto Vazquez)

Other crew

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Bunny Alsup ... assistant financial controller
Bonnie Arnold ... production coordinator: USA
Pamela Bendich ... assistant production coordinator
Judi Bunn ... production coordinator
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
Moya Iceton ... assistant: Mr. Weir / continuity
Melba Majarrez ... production office secretary: Belize
Donna Maloney ... courier
Juliet Mason ... teacher
Sharon Matola ... animal consultant: Belize
Tamma Myvett ... accounting assistant: Belize
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
Diana Wells ... production assistant
Carice Witte ... courier
John Younger ... production assistant
Paul Zaentz ... financial controller
James Austin ... production assistant: Saul Zaentz Film Center (uncredited)
Christopher Boyes ... production assistant: Saul Zaentz Film Center (uncredited)
Ruth Hasty ... production assistant: Saul Zaentz Film Center (uncredited)
Jerry Irvine ... rocket effects (uncredited)
Burton Sharp ... adr group coordinator (uncredited)
Todd Turner ... directorial assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer L. Ware ... production assistant: Saul Zaentz Film Center (uncredited)

Thanks

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Max Cleland ... special thanks (as Secretary of State Max Cleland)
Joe Frank Harris ... special thanks (as Governor Joe Frank Harris)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines He never bargained for what he found. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mosquito Coast (France)
  • Mosquito Coast (Germany)
  • La costa de los mosquitos (Spain)
  • Mosquito Coast (Italy)
  • Берег москитов (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 117 min
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Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia While building the town set in Belize, the crew unearthed an ancient Mayan temple. It notified the Belize government, which declared the site an important historical find. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Mosquito Coast/Streets of Gold/Crocodile Dundee/Rate It X (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Clap Your Hands See more »
Quotes Allie Fox: 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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