Emerald Forest

The Emerald Forest

Director: John Boorman

Cast: John Boorman, Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Charley Boorman

     
 

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The Emerald Forest is based on a true story, as related by Los Angeles Times correspondent Leonard Greenwood. Powers Boothe stars as Bill Markham, a US engineer working on a dam project in the Amazonian jungles. Bill's young son, Tomme (played by director John Boorman's son Charley Boorman) is kidnapped in the rain forest by a tribe called "The Invisible

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The Emerald Forest is based on a true story, as related by Los Angeles Times correspondent Leonard Greenwood. Powers Boothe stars as Bill Markham, a US engineer working on a dam project in the Amazonian jungles. Bill's young son, Tomme (played by director John Boorman's son Charley Boorman) is kidnapped in the rain forest by a tribe called "The Invisible People" because of their skills at camouflage - a group that has reportedly never experienced contact with Caucasians. The authorities give up the boy for lost, but Bill perseveres in searching for his son, for over 10 years. While fleeing for his life from The Fierce People - enemies of The Invisible People - he's rescued at the last minute by Tomme, now an adoptee of The Invisible People's chief. To Bill's frustration, Tomme initially refuses to join his biological dad and return to civilization, but when The Fierce People swing in and abduct all of the women in the Invisible People tribe, Tomme seeks his dad's help in rescuing them.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A determinedly non-formulaic adventure film, The Emerald Forest unfolds in picturesque, still-unexplored South American jungles skirting the Amazon, where dangerous animals and primitive natives defy the efforts of civilization to penetrate the savage wilderness. Powers Boothe, a fine actor generally seen in supporting roles, stars as an American engineer who loses his young son in the Brazilian woods and spends ten years trying to find him. Finally, the two are reunited -- under dangerous circumstances -- but the son, by now having been integrated into a native tribe, shows little interest in returning to America. Director John Boorman (Deliverance) makes the Amazonian wilderness a quasi-mystical place, and underlying the plot device of Boothe's lengthy quest is an almost wistful appreciation for nature in its most basic, untrammeled manifestation. Boorman cast his own son, Charley, as Boothe's missing boy, and the young man performs more than adequately well. But Emerald Forest isn't an actor's movie; the real star of Boorman's film is the forest itself: timeless, alternately tranquil and menacing, and above all awe-inspiring.
All Movie Guide - Hal Erickson
The Emerald Forest is based on a true story, as related by Los Angeles Times correspondent Leonard Greenwood. Powers Boothe stars as a US engineer working on a dam project in Brazil. Boothe's young son (played by director John Boorman's son Charley Boorman) is kidnapped in the rain forest by a tribe called "The Invisible People" because of their skills at camouflage. The authorities give up the boy for lost (he's hardly the first abduction victim in the region), but Boothe and photographer Uwe Werner (Eduardo Conde) persevere. When Conde is killed, Boothe goes on alone for several years. He eventually stumbles upon the Invisible People and finds his son...but the adventure is just beginning. Director Boorman toys with our own notions of what is civilized and what isn't, comparing the purity of the Invisible People with the intrusiveness of developers. Some have criticized Boorman for sacrificing logic in favor of atmosphere in The Emerald Forest, though few have denied that it took great personal and professional courage for Boorman to tackle so daunting a project in the first place.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2014
UPC:
0738329150129
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
20,067

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Powers Boothe Bill Markham
Meg Foster Jean Markham
Charley Boorman Tomme
Dira Pass Kachiri
Rui Polonah Wanadi, the Chief
Claudio Moreno Jacareh, Chief of the Fierce Tribe
Tetchie Agbayani Caya
Paulo Vinicius Mapi
Eduardo Conde Uwe Werner
Estee Chandler Heather Markham
Babriel Archanjo Trader's Henchman
Silvana de Faria Peoui
Atilia Iorio Trader
William Rodriquez Young Tommy
Yara Vaneau Young Heather
Ariel Coelho Padre Leduc
Peter Marinker Perreira
Mario Borges Costa
Gracindo Junior Carlos
Arthur Muhlenberg Rico
Chico Terto Paulo
María Elena Velasco Uluru
Aloisio Flores Samanpo
Joao Mauricio Carvalho Monkey
Isabel Bicudo Kachiri's Cousin
Patricia Prisco Kachiri's Cousin

Technical Credits
John Boorman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Charles F. Bennett Consultant/advisor
Maureen Bisilliat Consultant/advisor
Christel Boorman Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Boyle Stunts
Clovis Bueno Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Crafford Editor
Eduardo Vivairos de Castro Consultant/advisor
Anna Dryhurst Makeup
Michael Dryhurst Co-producer
Paul Engelen Makeup
Marcos Flaksman Art Director
Peter Frampton Makeup
Ernest Marres Da Serra Friere Consultant/advisor
Brian Gascoigne Score Composer
Edgar Gross Executive Producer
Simon Holland Production Designer
Junior Homrich Score Composer
Luis Michelotti Makeup
Carlindo Milhomen Consultant/advisor
Rospo Pallenberg Screenwriter
Jose Possi Choreography
Beth Presares Makeup
Terry Pritchard Art Director
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Raph Salis Special Effects
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Emerald Forest
1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII

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