The Emerald Forest (2003)




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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Rospo Pallenberg, John Boorman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 6, 2001
Nelson Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for The Emerald Forest

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 19, 2008
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Emotionally gripping, visually stunning.

September 29, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Conveys the ancient wisdom of the primitives who relish dream time and have found a way to dignify the different stages of life with meaningful rituals

Full Review… | August 18, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Just as he did with the British countryside in EXCALIBUR, Boorman gives the deep jungles of South America an almost dreamlike, magical quality

Full Review… | March 19, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Emerald Forest


There was this quiet and more cohesive film from John Boorman long before the mediocre pastiche and box office sensation of "Avatar". Adventure and drama set in the amazonia, following the lines of Ford's "The Searchers" but adding an ecological denounce that does not fall in preachment, but remains powerful. Cinematography is breathtaking.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

This is what happens when the Amazon forest is destroyed

Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer

Powerful, beautifully shot eco-thriller from John Boorman examining the cultural impact of the commercial exploitation of the rainforests, as seen through the eyes of a boy adopted by an indigenous tribe. Great performances and intelligent eco-message that rarely feels preachy. Good stuff.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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