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  • Actors: Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Yara Vaneau, William Rodriguez, Estee Chandler
  • Directors: John Boorman
  • Writers: Leonard Greenwood, Rospo Pallenberg
  • Producers: John Boorman, Edgar F. Gross, Michael Dryhurst
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Portuguese
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Umvd/Usa Home
  • VHS Release Date: February 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305214743
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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105 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen M. Walker VINE VOICE on January 9, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
The beauty and power of the rainforest juxtaposed to the beauty and power of "civilization," on of my favorite themes. Who is the true savage? Powers Boothe plays a construction engineer building a dam in the rainforest that is increasingly changing the structure of the most valuable real estate on earth. Not only is it effecting the plants and animals, creating desert where there was once rich vegetation, but it is affecting the indigenous tribes in horrendous ways. Charley Boorman plays the beautiful young son who is kidnapped by the leader of the "Invisible People." His father and mother (played by the beautiful Meg Foster) spent the next ten years searching for the boy as he is being raised in tribal customs.
Meanwhile, as the living space for the tribes grows increasingly smaller, the "Invisible People," who are basically good hearted, land loving indigenous people who keep to themselves and only want to survive, are increasingly threatened by the "Fierce People," a carnivorous, cannibalistic tribe who are desperately seeking space for themselves.
We watch Tomme grow up, learn from his new "father" who loves him dearly and was perhaps initially attracted to the tyke's golden blond hair and his own need for a son. We watch Tomme go through a ritual rite of passage that sends him on a dangerous quest for the special green rock that allows what are now his people to become "Invisible." It is in this quest that Tomme and his father cross paths again, and a lesson is learned about the cost of the damage civilization has brought to what is truly a beautiful and rich country better off left alone.
For a long time I couldn't find this movie anywhere. Not even at amazon.com. I cherish the copy I did finally find.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Hughes on June 19, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie in 1985. It must have made an impression on me because I never forgot it, and it has been on my all-time favorite list for almost twenty years. Recently, I ordered the movie to make sure that it was as wonderful as I had remembered. My memory served me correctly; I loved it! The most mesmerizing aspect of the movie is its' theme of innocence. (Charley B. is so angelic; I just want to take him home with me!) The jungles are beautiful and unspoiled and the Invisible People are free from corruption. I guess that's what attracted me to the movie in the first place; innocence is so precious but on the verge of becoming extinct, just like the people of the rainforest. It just makes me want to cry... I do wonder if the story of the lost boy is really true; I can't find anything historical to back it up. As a matter of fact, the revised print (on the back of the video sleeve) coins the movie "a parable." Oh well, either way, it's still a keeper.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2001
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This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I saw this movie as a metaphor for my own life. Physically the child in the movie belongs to one place, but mentally the child belongs to a different place. I loved when the tribe attempted to describe their relationship to whites and the child's white parents from within their worldview. I loved the name that they called themselves. So silent and respectful of the ways of the jungle. The views of the jungle are breathtaking. This movie is on my short list of movies everyone should definitely see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Jack on November 1, 2006
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For YEARS I looked for this movie after seeing it on the big screen. Couldn't find it. Then one year I came across an old rental being sold and bought it. Many years later, I found a bunch of old copies on eBay.

This movie was structured so well that I wanted it in my collection from day 1. I LOVE this movie - and how well the story is crafted. I've told all my friends about it for years.

If you like a well crafted story, a good story, get this one. They don't make them like this often.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger L. Vandermeer on October 18, 2002
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I loved this movie in the theatre, bought the vhs in pan and scan and then the dvd in wide screen. I also have the sound track. This movie represents the values of western culture versus the indiginous culture. I have been to Las Amazonas 5 times and have seen what is happening. This movie compares the two cultures. This movie has a message about what indiginous people have and are happy with versus the destruction and modernazation of the western culture. Please, see the video and understand that western culture has something to offer but is not necessarily the panacea for the indiginous.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1998
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The quintessential film on environmental ethics. It attacks the common notion of "economic progress" by questioning the absolute belief that increased materialism means increased happiness. This is accomplished beautifully by comparing existing to displaced indigenous people in the Amazon: those "allowed" to remain to those forced off their land, who are forced to live in ugly-side of economic progress: urban slums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Alvarez on December 20, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Emerald Forest Blu-ray, I Don't Get Why One Early Post said It Comes With On Subtitles? their Is English (Only) Subtitles But Not In Any Other Languages Only In English i Own 2 Different Versions Of This Movie On DVD A Region 4 And Region 1,2 DVD But God The Blu-ray Video And Audio Blows The DVD Versions Away, If You Love And Want To See This Movie Displayed in it's Best Video and audio Versions This Blu-ray Version Is, Definitely For You.
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The Emerald Forest, and Quest For Fire are at the top of my list for blu ray release. Has anyone heard anything hopeful about either of these? Usually all good things come to those who wait, etc. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad world used to be at the top of my list and that happened. I agree with... Read More
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