The Emerald Forest

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • R
  • Adventure

In October 1972 an account written by Leonard Greenwood appeared in the Los Angeles Times. It told of a Peruvian engineer whose son had been kidnapped by a band of Indians and of the man's successful search to locate the child. Screenwriter Rospo Pallenberg saw the news item and took it to producer-director John Boorman. The result was this amazing, beautiful...read more

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In October 1972 an account written by Leonard Greenwood appeared in the Los Angeles Times. It told of a Peruvian engineer whose son had been kidnapped by a band of Indians and of the man's successful search to locate the child. Screenwriter Rospo Pallenberg saw the news item and took it to

producer-director John Boorman. The result was this amazing, beautiful and sometimes fanciful film. Powers Boothe is Bill Markham, a US engineer working on a dam project in Brazil where he lives with his wife, Jean (Meg Foster), and his small children. One day while the family is picnicking at the

edge of the rain forest, some painted Indians swiftly and silently kidnap young Tommy (William Rodriguez). The only clue left is an arrow stuck in a tree, and Boothe uses it in his ten-year search for his son.

The film is a powerful meditation on the clash between two civilizations. Charley Boorman (the director's son) is outstanding as the grown Tomme and Boothe also gives a powerful performance. The film has many opportunities to tip over into the ludicrous and become a parody of traditional jungle

action pictures. But director Boorman keeps matters on an even keel, deftly balancing the mystical elements with reality to produce a memorable film that is enthralling throughout and never heavy-handed.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: R
  • Review: In October 1972 an account written by Leonard Greenwood appeared in the Los Angeles Times. It told of a Peruvian engineer whose son had been kidnapped by a band of Indians and of the man's successful search to locate the child. Screenwriter Rospo Pallenber… (more)

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