The Emerald Forest

The Emerald Forest (1985)

What kind of man would return year after year for ten years to rescue a missing boy from the most savage jungle in the world? His father.

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
  • Release Date: 1985-06-22
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 206 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 54min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Christel Films
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director: John Boorman
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For ten years, engineer Bill Markham has searched tirelessly for his son Tommy who disappeared from the edge of the Brazilian rainforest. Miraculously, he finds the boy living among the reclusive Amazon tribe who adopted him. And that's when Bill's adventure truly begins. For his son is now a grown tribesman who moves skillfully through this beautiful-but-dangerous terrain, fearful only of those who would exploit it. And as Bill attempts to "rescue" him from the savagery of the untamed jungle, Tommy challenges Bill's idea of true civilization and his notions about who needs rescuing.

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  • Powers Boothe

    as Bill Markham
  • Charley Boorman

    as Tomme
  • Meg Foster

    as Jean Markham
  • Yara Vaneau

    as Young Heather
  • William Rodriguez

    as Young Tommy
  • Estee Chandler

    as Heather
  • Dira Paes

    as Kachiri
  • Eduardo Conde

    as Uwe Werner
  • Ariel Coelho

    as Padre Leduc
  • Peter Marinker

    as Perreira
  • Mario Borges

    as Costa
  • Átila Iório

    as Trader
  • Gabriel Arcanjo

    as Trader's Henchman
  • Gracindo Júnior

    as Carlos
  • Arthur Muhlenberg

    as Rico
  • Chico Terto

    as Paulo
  • Ruy Polanah

    as Wanadi
  • Maria Helena Velasco

    as Uluru
  • Tetchie Agbayani

    as Caya
  • Paulo Vinícius

    as Mapi
  • Aloisio Flores

    as Samanpo
  • Joao Mauricio Carvalho

    as Monkey
  • Isabel Bicudo

    as Kachiri's Cousin
  • Patricia Prisco

    as Kachiri's Cousin
  • Silvana de Faria

    as Pequi
Camera Philippe Rousselot Director of Photography
Directing John Boorman Director
Production John Boorman Producer
Art Simon Holland Production Design
Editing Ian Crafford Editor
Production Michael Dryhurst Co-Producer
Writing Rospo Pallenberg Screenplay
Production Edgar F. Gross Executive Producer
Sound Brian Gascoigne Original Music Composer
Sound Junior Homrich Original Music Composer
Art Terry Pritchard Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Clovis Bueno Costume Design
Art Marcos Flaksman Art Direction
Production Flávio R. Tambellini Casting
Production Roberto Bakker Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Christel Kruse Boorman Costume Design
Production Andrew Montgomery Unit Manager
Production Judi Bunn Production Coordinator
Production Gita V. Engelhart Production Coordinator