The Mosquito Coast (Zaentz)

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Released 1986

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Director:
Peter Weir
Released:
1986
Rating:
PG
The Mosquito Coast (Zaentz), from Saul Zaentz, the Academy Award-winning executive producer of "The English Patient," "Amadeus" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," and multi-Academy Award-nominee Peter Weir, the director of "Witness," "Fearless" and "The Truman Show," is an exhilarating drama starring Academy Award-nominee Harrison Ford ("Firewall," "The Fugitive"). Based on the best-selling novel by Paul Theroux, this film tells the story of one man's attempt to create a utopian existence in the rain forest for his family, which ultimately evolves into a desperate fight for their survival. Co-starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren ("The Queen," "Raising Helen") and River Phoenix ("Stand by Me," "My Own Private Idaho"), Butterfly McQueen ("Gone with the Wind," "Cabin in the Sky") and Jason Alexander (TV's "Seinfeld," "Shallow Hal"). Gene Siskel called this movie "a compelling story beautifully told and acted!"

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  • 70

    Variety

    It is hard to believe that a film as beautiful as The Mosquito Coast [adapted from the novel by Paul Theroux] can also be so bleak, but therein lies its power and undoing.

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie has been directed and acted so well, in fact, that almost all my questions have to do with the script: Why was the hero made so uncompromisingly hateful?

  • 40

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    In spite of its authentic scenery (it was filmed in Belize), this Mosquito Coast is utterly flat.

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