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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.

Director:

John Boorman
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 nominations. 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 ... 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 ... Carlos (as Gracindo Junior)
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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie's opening prologue states: "This film was made in the Rain Forest of the Amazon and is based on real events and actual characters". 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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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Maior Abandonado
Written by Frejat and Cazuza
Performed by Barão Vermelho
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Excellent movie.
17 April 2005 | by brasilbobSee all my reviews

I actually grew up near the city of Belem, shown in the beginning of the movie, and spent 18 years in the region. I also spent time in many of the Indian tribes in the area, including being "adopted" into one at the age of five.

The movie does a great job of showing many aspects of life in the jungle, including some of the lawlessness. The costumes are fairly authentic, and portrayal of many tribal customs is well done. The manhood ceremony is closely based on authentic ceremonies that happen in most tribes.

Altogether, about as good as you can expect from something that is not intended to be a documentary.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

3 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Emerald Forest 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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,468,550
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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