Mosquito Coast

Mosquito Coast

Director: Peter Weir

Cast: Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix

     
 

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Peter Weir's drama The Mosquito Coast comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as

Overview

Peter Weir's drama The Mosquito Coast comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from Warner Brothers that boasts excellent picture quality.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
An easy film to admire artistically but a difficult one to like, this intense character drama is one of the most challenging to audience expectations to ever emerge from star Harrison Ford or director Peter Weir. It should come as no surprise that it sprung from the pen of Paul Schrader, an artist adept at fashioning cinematic portraits of societal misfits. Ford is searing and powerfully memorable as Allie Fox, one of his best roles, an iconoclastic perfectionist who may very well be mentally ill, but who insists, in the style of many a creative genius before him, on doing everything in life on his own eccentric, tunnel-vision terms. Ford gets able support from Helen Mirren as his much-beleaguered wife and especially young River Phoenix as his son, whose sexual coming of age and one-time worship of his brilliant dad is thwarted by the realization that Allie's autocratic, self-centered vision of a utopian existence is not only foolhardy, but dangerous. There isn't much onscreen with which an audience might identify, so The Mosquito Coast faced an uphill and losing struggle at the box office, but its superior performances and potent political symbolism make it a worthy companion to other such "bungle in the jungle" films as Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979).

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1999
UPC:
0085393622121
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:58:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access ; Languages & subtitles: English, Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Allie Fox
Helen Mirren Mother
River Phoenix Charlie
Jadrien Steele Jerry
Hilary Gordon April
Rebecca Gordon Clover
Andre Gregory Rev. Spellgood
Dick O'Neill Mr. Polski
Martha Plimpton Emily Spellgood
Melanie Boland Mrs. Spellgood
Michael Rogers Francis Lungly
Margaret Cho Verny
Sofia Cho Alice
Dianne Crittenden Actor
Michael Opolu Bucky
Louis Palacio Peaselee
Aldolpho Salguero Drainy
Tony Vega Mr. Maywit
Jason Alexander Clerk
Alice Sneed Mrs. Polski
Tiger Haynes Mr. Semper
William Newman Capt. Smalls
Raymond Clare 1st Convert
Emory King Man at Bar
Rafael Cho Leon
Aurora Clavel Mrs. Maywit
Juan Antonio Llanes Mercenary
Butterfly McQueen Ma Kennysick
Wilfred Peters Dixon
Conrad Roberts Mr. Haddy
Abel Woolrich Mercenary
Jorge Zepeda Mercenary

Technical Credits
Peter Weir Director
John Anderson Set Decoration/Design
David Burr Cinematographer
Anthony Carter Songwriter
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
Jerome Hellman Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Thom Noble Editor
Paul Schrader Screenwriter
John Seale Cinematographer
John Stoddart Production Designer
John Wingrove Art Director
Saul Zaentz Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard
0. Scene Slection
1. Credits [2:05]
2. An ailing America [3:08]
3. Fatboy [4:28]
4. The monkey house [3:05]
5. "Something is going to happen" [2:36]
6. Polski's warning; "Have a nice day" [1:47]
7. The spellgoods [5:58]
8. "Dad bought a town" [1:36]
9. Geronimo [6:16]
10. Too much love [1:21]
11. Labor-intensive [5:54]
12. Finishing The World [1:45]
13. Spellgood Visits [3:08]
14. Thanksgiving [2:21]
15. Secret games [2:25]
16. Making a monster [2:36]
17. "That's why I come!" [2:41]
18. Journey to the pour people [2:11]
19. Taunting Charlie [2:39]
20. Opportunity melts [3:28]
21. Intruders [6:46]
22. Desperate Measures [6:26]
23. Destruction [5:44]
24. The Coast; Allie's lie [5:40]
25. Haddy's warning [4:16]
26. Upstream in a storm [3:55]
27. Up river; Mother hysteria [2:43]
28. Punishment and hatred [2:30]
29. Angel music; the missionary camp [4:02]
30. Charlie meets Emily [2:55]
31. Another inferno; "You're killing us" [2:11]
32. The shooting [:56]
33. Father's last words [3:53]
34. Limitless [:52]
35. End Credits [4:03]
0. Scene Selection
1. Credits [2:05]
2. An ailing America [3:08]
3. Fatboy [4:29]
4. The monkey house [3:05]
5. "Something is going to happen" [2:36]
6. Polski's warning; "Have a nice day" [1:47]
7. The Spellgoods [5:58]
8. "Dad bought a town" [1:36]
9. Geronimo [6:16]
10. Too much love [1:21]
11. Labor-intensive [5:54]
12. Finishing the world [1:45]
13. Spellgood Visits [3:08]
14. Thanksgiving [2:21]
15. Secret games [2:25]
16. Making a monster [2:36]
17. "That's why I came!" [2:41]
18. Journey to the pure people [2:11]
19. Taunting Charlie [2:39]
20. Opportunity melts [3:28]
21. Intruders [6:46]
22. Desperate measures [6:26]
23. Destruction [5:44]
24. The coast; Allie's lie [5:40]
25. Haddy's warning [4:16]
26. Upstream in a storm [3:55]
27. Up river; Mother's hysteria [2:43]
28. Punishment and hatred [2:30]
29. Angel music; the missionary camp [4:02]
30. Charlie meets Emily [2:55]
31. Another inferno; "You're killing us" [2:11]
32. The shooting [:56]
33. Father's last words [3:53]
34. Limitless [:52]
35. End Credits [4:03]

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