The Mosquito Coast
THE MOSQUITO COAST (PG)
D: Peter Weir
Warner Bros. (Jerome Hellmann)
W: Paul Schrader [based on the novel by Paul Thereux]
DP: John Seale
Ed: Thom Noble
Mus: Maurice Jarre
PD: John Stoddart
Harrison Ford (Allie Fox), Helen Mirren (Mrs. Fox), River Phoenix (Charlie), Jadrien Steele (Jerry), Hilary Gordon (April)
An eccentric and idealistic inventor relocates his family to a Central American jungle where he endeavours to build an ice machine and help the indigenous people, causing a conflict between himself and his wife & teenage children.
This ecological minded drama, based on Paul Thereux's novel, seems to have lost something in translation from page to screen, but it's strengthened by the large scale production design and a very strong lead performance from Harrison Ford (apparently the actor's personal favourite of his own work).