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The Emerald Forest (2003)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 2003 Wide

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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

Feb 6, 2001

Nelson Entertainment

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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

August 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The execution is a little sedate, but the idea sticks with you.

September 12, 2002
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

John Boorman ought to be ashamed

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An engrossing and insightful adventure flick - that actually has something to say.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

even if Boorman can be faulted on a narrative level, his cinematic eye almost matches his mythic aspirations

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

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.
December 2, 2010
pier007

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This is what happens when the Amazon forest is destroyed
December 6, 2008
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Tom Ericksen

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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.
January 7, 2007
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Another of John Boorman. His son Charlie Boorman is amazing as the lost son of an architect that is stolen by a hidden Amazon trible. Great movie and great story with amazing graphics and intrigue.
July 6, 2008
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