The Mosquito Coast

Synopsis: An eccentric and dogmatic inventor sells his house and takes his family to Central America to build a utopia in the middle of the jungle. Conflicts with his family, a local preacher and with nature are only small obstacles to his obsession. Based upon a Paul Theroux novel.
Director(s): Peter Weir
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

My father was an inventor.

A genius with anything mechanical.

Nine patents, six pending.

He dropped out of Harvard

"to get an education," he said.

I grew up with the belief...

... that the world belonged to him

and that everything he said was true.

Look around you.

How did America get this way?

Land of promise. Land of opportunity.

"Give us the wretched refuse

of your teaming shore."

Have a Coke! Watch TV.

Have a nice day.

Go on welfare.

Get free money.

Turn to crime. Crime pays in this country.

Why do they put up with it?

Why do they keep coming?

Look around you, Charlie.

This place is a toilet.

The whole damn country is turning

into a dope-taking, door-locking...

...ulcerated danger zone

of rabid scavengers...

...criminal millionaires and moral sneaks.

Nobody ever thinks

of leaving this country. I do.

I think about it every day.

I'm the last man.

I want an 8-foot length of rubber seal

with foam backing.

This country's going to the dogs.

Nobody cares.

"I just work here." That's the attitude.

Buy junk, sell junk, eat junk.


- Don't want it.

- That's what you asked for.

Who are you working for? The Japanese?

- If you don't want it, just say so.

- Just said so. Don't want it.

Look. Made in Japan.

I don't want my hard-earned...

...American dollars converted into yen.

I want an American length of rubber seal.

Do you work here?

All right, we'll get it someplace else.

This is not the only place in town.


Or maybe I should have said, "Sayonara!"

I tell you, Charlie, I'm not goin' back

into Hatfield again.

I'm sick of dealing with people

who want things I've already rejected.

Things they see on TV.

They talk about nuclear destruction

as if it were a game show topic.

All winter, Father had been saying,

"There's going to be a war in America.

"It's coming," he said.

He was restless and talkative.

He said the signs were everywhere.

In the high prices, the bad tempers...

... the gut worry, and the stupidity

and greed of people.

Bloody crimes were being committed

in the cities...

... and the criminals were unpunished.

It wasn't going to be

an ordinary war, he said...

... but rather a war in which no side

was entirely innocent.

It's like a human's insides.

Entrails and vitals.

See, that's his digestive system.

Circulatory system.

Respiration. Lungs.

Fatty tissue. Kidneys.

The ammonia?

That's his plasma.

Got it?

But, Dad...

...what is it?

It's perfection. That's what it is.

Where is he, Mrs. Fox?

Mrs. Fox!

He's not here right now, Mr. Polski.

He had to go to Hatfield

to get a part for something.

I can see his truck, Mrs. Fox.

He's there fooling about in his workshop...

... when he should be rigging up

a cooling system in the barn!

I have asparagus rotting all over the place.

Now, you tell him to get down here

and now!

He was pretty mad.

Something about a cooling system.

Forget that. I got something much better

for him out there.

Honey, he's gonna love it.

I'm gonna knock his socks off.

I'm gonna straighten his hair.

Where you been?

About half a glass of water.

What is this?

Got a match, Doc?

You get here late, the asparagus is rotting,

and you ask me for a match?

If it wouldn't be too much trouble.

Mr. Fox.

Jerry, what's he doing?

He won't answer me.

I don't know.

Now he cooks a glass of water.

What is this thing? It looks like a stove.

My baby.

It's my baby boy.

Fat Boy. That's what we'll call it. Fat Boy.

- This is foolishness!

- Patience, Doc.

Please, I've got work to do.

Come on, Doc! Take a look.

Boy, ain't that something?

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Paul Schrader

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. more…

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