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

Killed him!

One dart!


He's old and slow, like me.

Beware, it's a very hungry jaguar

that hunts fish.

Allow for the water

bending the arrow.

One more day and we are home.

When you hear the toucan,

danger is near.

The Fierce People.

I killed a monkey.

By yourself?

My father let me.

We saw the Fierce People.

A war party of the Fierce People

is very close.

We must be prepared.

I will watch.

Mother, it's for you.


My new son!

Girls from Paranita.

Who's she?

That's Kachiri.

Little Kachiri?

You like her?

You will scare the fish.

You won't spear a fish.

But a fish is going to spear you.

Tomme, you think you are a man...

but I only see a stupid boy.

Your time has come to die.

Must he die?


I will never see my boy again.

The boy is dead...

and the man is born.

I saw green stones in a waterfall.

You have seen the Sacred Stones.

It was the place we lived in

before the Fierce People came.

From these stones comes the paint

that makes us the Invisible People.

Just these are left.

I will go to that place

and find more stones.

I need you and you need me.

Now you are a man.

You say what other men say to me.

I will find the Sacred Stones...

which is more than other men can do.

The Fierce People will catch you.

I will be invisible.

They will cook you and eat you...

even the grandfathers without teeth.

I am invisible.

My name is Tomme.

We go to my father.

He will help you.

I am your father.

No, you are Daddee.

You live in there, when I dream.

Now you are here.



The frogs.

A big rain comes.

Your mother,Jean,

can you remember her?

The Stones.

The Sacred Stones.

I killed five fierce warriors.


He is Daddee.

I told you about him...

the one in my dreams.

Hey, Daddee.

Yes, we know you.

When a dream becomes fesh...

trouble is not far behind.

He has a fever.

He is near death.

Father, surely you can cure him.

Even a great storm...

cannot always quench a forest fire.

Wanadi, do it.

If it can be done...

I will do it.

Daddee. Can you hear me?

He will hear you.

I will suck out the evil fire.

The evil fire is gone.

You see...

he is a great healer.

Now, he must sleep.

I will show you a great secret.

Watch the fire.

Why did you take my son?

One day, I was hunting

at the Edge of the World...

when Tomme appeared...

and he smiled...

and even though you were

a Termite Child...

I had not the heart...

to send you back to The Dead World.

Why are they called

The Termite People?

They come into The World...

and chew down all

the grandfather trees.

Just like termites.

I want your daughter...

but I give you the Sacred Stones.

- Kachiri, you will tend the fire.

- No! I tend to my father's fire.

Do it right.

You like it?

I made it for you.

Tomme needs Kachiri...

and Kachiri needs Tomme.

You need me?

You are well?

She is yours if you have need.



Eat and be strong...

then you will have need.

Shall we go to the river and bathe?

We have crushed the sacred stones.

And once again they...

shine in our war paint.

You are well.

I want you to come with me.

Momme wants you to come home.

He is finished with mothers.

I am his woman now.

You stole my son.

He took you from me, from Momme.

That was long ago.

I just want you to see the home

that you came from.

This is my home.

It will be the home of my children.

Daddee, you must rest here...

and we must hunt.

For tonight is the feast

of Tomme and Kachiri.


You are the chief.

Tell him to come and visit.

He can choose.

If I tell a man...

to do what he does not want to do...

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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