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The Mosquito Coast (1986)

Cast: Harrison Ford, Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, more...
Director: Peter Weir, Peter Weir
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Wilderness & Nature
Running Time: 118 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Recently Rented By PGrinspan

Harrison Ford delivers one of his most-acclaimed performances in Peter Weir's adaptation of Paul Theroux's novel (scripted by Paul Schrader). Ford plays Allie Fox, an inventor embittered by the blighted landscape of the contemporary United States. As he tells his oldest son, Charlie (River Phoenix), "Look around you. It's a toilet." He moves his wife (Helen Mirren) and kids -- Charlie, Jerry (Jadrien Steele), April (Hilary Gordon), and Clover (Rebecca Gordon) -- to the rain forests of Central America, where he plans to create a new civilization starting with his own nuclear family. Allie's family compliantly goes along with his scheme to build a free society, but slowly notices that his obsession has turned him into a tyrannical fascist. Rather than create a utopia, Allie's driving egomania demands total subservience from his downtrodden brood. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

not a review by joaquin November 15, 2005 - 5:40 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The film was made by the Saul Zaentz Company. When it was in post-production at Saul's building in Berkeley, the East Bay Express interviewed the author of the novel, Paul Theroux. He said he was amazed by what it takes to make a movie. He had always thought that writing a novel was very difficult. But, he explained, "I sit down at a typewriter, roll in a sheet of paper and type, 'He moved to the jungle and built a giant refrigerator.'

"But they actually move to the jungle and build a giant refrigerator!"

underrated Harrison Ford movie by Sanjer November 15, 2005 - 2:26 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie is good, no one could have pulled this off as good as Harrison Ford did. It's not easy to watch, but it takes a look at our culture, survival, religion, and the current state of modern life in a tragic but enlightening way.

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