The Mosquito Coast

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Plot

An eccentric and dogmatic inventor sells his house and takes his family to Central America to build an ice factory in the middle of the jungle…

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 6.6/10 (12,989 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Director:
Peter Weir

Stars: Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix

Storyline
An eccentric and dogmatic inventor sells his house and takes his family to Central America to build an ice factory 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.

Writers: Paul Theroux, Paul Schrader

Cast:

Harrison Ford

Allie Fox


Helen Mirren

Mother Fox


River Phoenix

Charlie Fox


Conrad Roberts

Mr. Haddy


Andre Gregory

Reverend Spellgood


Martha Plimpton

Emily Spellgood


Dick O'Neill

Mr. Polski


Jadrien Steele

Jerry Fox


Michael Rogers

Francis Lungley


Hilary Gordon

April Fox


Rebecca Gordon

Clover Fox


Jason Alexander

Hardware Clerk


Alice Heffernan-Sneed

Mrs. Polski

(as Alice Sneed)


Tiger Haynes

Mr. Semper


William Newman

Captain Smalls

Taglines:
Allie Fox followed his dream to the Mosquito Coast. He planned a paradise. He created a Hell.

Release Date: 26 November 1986

Filming Locations: Baltimore, Maryland, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000

(estimated)

Gross: $14,302,779
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

The film's failure at the box office was mainly attributed to Harrison Ford's performance, which many critics found to be too forced and over-the-top.

Goofs:

Continuity:
While Allie Fox and his family are being lashed by violent winds and near horizontal rain during a hurricane a couple of palm trees in the background are standing perfectly still.

Quotes:

[first lines]

Charlie:
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.

Allie Fox:
Look around ya, how did America get this way? Land of promise, land of opportunity. Give us the wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Have a Coke. Watch TV.

Charlie:
Have a nice day.

Allie Fox:
Go on welfare. Get free money. Turn to crime – crime pays in this country.
[…]



User Review

Life on La Mosquitia – Chronicles of the Fox Family

Rating: 10/10


Mosquito Coast is one of the best books I have ever read, and the movie
does super well to do justice to that novel. It is also one of Harrison
Ford's best character roles; the eccentricity and opinionated genius of
Allie is done to perfection by him. Peter Weir's brilliant direction is
to be expected considering his other masterpieces – Fearless, also
based on an excellent book of the same name, is one of the best movies
yet. His films (Truman Show, Green Card, and Witness come to mind) tend
to chronicle troubles and eccentric characters to go out on a limb,
literally.

The narration is carefully done, only enough voice-overs to explain the
philosophical implications and underpinnings of the characters'
thoughts and actions. There are, of course, some mysterious elements to
how things happen, which can only be remedied by reading Theroux's book
of the same name.

Taking a very Robinson Crusoe-esquire piece of fiction and putting it
to film is not an easy process. In fact, this is the kind of novel that
can be very easily messed up by the movies with strong action and
adventure type Hollywood direction. Luckily, Weir has done an excellent
job portraying the characters – not so much the plot – of those who
will come to inhabit The Mosquito Coast. In short, not only is Mosquito
Coast a film to watch, it should be required.

RATING: 10/10 "We eat when we're not hungry, drink when we're not
thirsty. We buy what we don't need and throw away everything that's
useful. Why sell a man what he wants? Sell him what he doesn't need.
Pretend he's got eight legs and two stomachs and money to burn. It's
wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong."