Medicine ManDirector: John McTiernan
The Amazon rain forest is a living laboratory for Dr. Robert Campbell (Sean Connery), a reclusive research scientist living with a Brazilian native tribe. Campbell has accidentally discovered a flower extract that cures cancer, but has been unable to duplicate the formula. With the assistance of Dr. Crane (Lorraine Bracco), he explores every possible chemical derivative, but continues to fail. When a child in the village is near death from a tumor pressing against his trachea, Campbell and Crane stand against each other on the moral issue to use the last of the successful serum to save him or to keep it for further analysis. At the last moment, Crane reconsiders, and agrees to save the child. At the same time, commercial loggers begin to creep ever closer to the village, and government officials demand the tribe's relocation. With only yards remaining between the bulldozers and the tribe, Campbell discovers a vital clue to the elusive elixir he seeks. His attempt to stop the workmen results in violence and a raging forest fire which destroys his lab equipment and the natives' village. The story ends with Campbell, Crane, and the tribe pushing deeper into the jungle in search of new answers. In a change of pace from his usual action film fare, the skilled work of director John McTiernan brings emotional depth to what would otherwise be just another pro-environmental propaganda film. Connery, who had starred in McTiernan's crowd-pleasing 1989 film The Hunt for Red October, gives a convincing performance as the determined and complex researcher haunted by mistakes of the past. Bracco's character adds the realistic humor of the city scientist adjusting to Spartan life in the trees, but she does so with both strength and dignity. The constant bickering of two equally obstinate scientists gives a mild "honeymooners in the jungle" quality. Filmed in the Mexican rain forest, the canopy is captured in breathtaking cinematography.
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Cast & Crew
|Sean Connery||Dr. Robert Campbell|
|Lorraine Bracco||Dr. Rae Crane|
|Jose Wilker||Dr. Miguel Ortega|
|Rodolfo de Alexandra||Tanaki|
|Angelo Barra Moreira||Medicine Man|
|Elias Monteiro da Silva||Actor|
|Francisco Tsirene Tsere Rereme||Jahausa|
|Elias Monteiro Da Silva||Palala|
|Edinei Maria Serrio dos Santos||Kalana|
|Bec-Kana-Re dos Santos Kaiapo||Imana|
|Jose Lavat||Government Man|
|Douglas B. Arnold||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Jesus Buenrostro||Art Director|
|Sean Connery||Executive Producer|
|Jorge Luis Corzo||Stunts|
|Don Diers||Art Director|
|Enrique Estevez||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jerry Goldsmith||Score Composer|
|Donald M. McAlpine||Cinematographer|
|Michael R. Miller||Editor|
|Rita Murtinho||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John Reinhart||Production Designer|
|Marlise Storchi||Art Director|
|Andrew G. Vajna||Producer|
|Marilyn Vance||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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Really enjoyable great acting
I have watched the movie several times. I believe the rivalry and the humorus banter between Connery and Bracco is the funniest I've seen in the movies for a while. Sean Connery has become a great actor has gotten better looking with age.
I love this movie! It's not only funny, it tells of the rain forest being destroyed. I love Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco. They is so funny, the way they go back and forth putting each other down, yet falling in love at the same time. It's enjoyable to watch and educational at the same time.
I can't even count how many times I've watched this movie and I catch something different every time I watch it from the time before. I recommend it to everyone. So, now I want to watch it again since I started writing this review. You won't be sorry.
Long before it was popular, this film addressed some of the ethics considerations in field research with indigenous people. It portrays the native population in an honest way and talks directly about continuing research into medicinal plants, particularly in the rainforest ecosystems. This film has a powerful impact on my middle school students and hopefully encourages them to go further in their study of botany. Companion video is "Spirits of the Rainforest" by Taurus Productions, an emmy winner.