Mosquito Coast

Mosquito Coast

Director: Peter Weir

Cast: Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix

     
 

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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 (HelenSee more details below

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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.

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:
09/30/2008
UPC:
0883929034642
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
4,983

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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

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Mosquito Coast - Standard Edition
1. Chapter 1 [2:05]
2. Chapter 2 [3:08]
3. Chapter 3 [4:28]
4. Chapter 4 [3:05]
5. Chapter 5 [2:36]
6. Chapter 6 [1:47]
7. Chapter 7 [5:58]
8. Chapter 8 [1:36]
9. Chapter 9 [6:16]
10. Chapter 10 [1:21]
11. Chapter 11 [5:54]
12. Chapter 12 [1:45]
13. Chapter 13 [3:08]
14. Chapter 14 [2:21]
15. Chapter 15 [2:25]
16. Chapter 16 [2:36]
17. Chapter 17 [2:41]
18. Chapter 18 [2:11]
19. Chapter 19 [2:39]
20. Chapter 20 [3:28]
21. Chapter 21 [6:46]
22. Chapter 22 [6:26]
23. Chapter 23 [5:44]
24. Chapter 24 [5:40]
25. Chapter 25 [4:16]
26. Chapter 26 [3:55]
27. Chapter 27 [2:43]
28. Chapter 28 [2:30]
29. Chapter 29 [4:02]
30. Chapter 30 [2:55]
31. Chapter 31 [2:11]
32. Chapter 32 [:56]
33. Chapter 33 [3:53]
34. Chapter 34 [:52]
35. Chapter 35 [4:03]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Mosquito Coast - Widescreen
1. Chapter 1 [2:05]
2. Chapter 2 [3:08]
3. Chapter 3 [4:29]
4. Chapter 4 [3:05]
5. Chapter 5 [2:36]
6. Chapter 6 [1:47]
7. Chapter 7 [5:58]
8. Chapter 8 [1:36]
9. Chapter 9 [6:16]
10. Chapter 10 [1:21]
11. Chapter 11 [5:54]
12. Chapter 12 [1:45]
13. Chapter 13 [3:08]
14. Chapter 14 [2:21]
15. Chapter 15 [2:25]
16. Chapter 16 [2:36]
17. Chapter 17 [2:41]
18. Chapter 18 [2:11]
19. Chapter 19 [2:39]
20. Chapter 20 [3:28]
21. Chapter 21 [6:46]
22. Chapter 22 [6:26]
23. Chapter 23 [5:44]
24. Chapter 24 [5:40]
25. Chapter 25 [4:16]
26. Chapter 26 [3:55]
27. Chapter 27 [2:43]
28. Chapter 28 [2:30]
29. Chapter 29 [4:02]
30. Chapter 30 [2:55]
31. Chapter 31 [2:11]
32. Chapter 32 [:56]
33. Chapter 33 [3:53]
34. Chapter 34 [:52]
35. Chapter 35 [4:03]

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