The Emerald Forest

Synopsis: Based on a true story, Powers Boothe plays an American dam engineer in Brazil. Boothe's son (played by Charlie Boorman - son of director John Boorman) is kidnapped by a rain forest tribe, and raised as one of their own. Boothe continues to look for him and after many trials and adventures, stumbles upon him.
Director(s): John Boorman
Production: Nelson Entertainment
  Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

I am no longer chief.

Why are you so sad?

Ten years, Tomme...

looking for you...

all over.

Yes. It is good to hunt...

to track an animal.

You should be happy.

But no, you feel sad.

It will be a good feast tonight.

I must return.

Why go back to that terrible place?

You can stay...

and become a great warrior

and hunter.

My family is there.

It is where I belong.

Bring the pipe.

I swore to Tommy's mother...

I would bring him back.

Your heart is torn.

If you take him,

you'll wish you had not.

If you don't take him

you will wish you had.

You are a man of courage.

You have traveled far...

and you have come

to the center of the world.

Now you can go farther

and see more.

But you cannot enter

that place naked.

It is our way.

Accept our gift, Daddee...

You will meet your spirit animal

and he will show you.

When I was a boy...

the Edge of the World was very far...

but every year it comes closer.

The Fierce Ones came before dawn.


There was a terrible noise.

They had spears that make lightning.

Did you see Kachiri?

I ran away.

Father, they have killed Uluru.

I cannot find Kachiri.

The fire will set free their

souls to the stars.

And what is left of the dead

must be crushed.

Crushed into dust.

In here is the dust of those

who went before us...

even the First Man

and First Woman.

Now drink in memory

of what we have been...

and the lives of those who

went before us...

will live inside us.

Drink, boy. You come too.

They are taking

the Skin off The World.

How will she breathe?

There was a great river there once.

What is that?

It's like... a log jam.

This was the home

of the Fierce People.

Now we know why they came

to our part of The World.

Father, there!

Come back.

We are not invisible

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Rospo Pallenberg

Rospo Pallenberg is a screenwriter and film director. He was involved in the writing of the John Boorman films Exorcist II: The Heretic, Excalibur, and The Emerald Forest.He directed the 1989 film Cutting Class. Pallenberg is the son of the Roman journalist Corrado Pallenberg (1912-1989), author of the book Vatican Finances (1971). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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