A marvelous film, with extremely wonderful acting, writing & gorgeous settings! It's message, I think still completely applies to this day, & it's from the early 80s! A young & vibrant , Harrison Ford, & Helen Mirren play wonderfully off each other! A strong supporting role, solidly performance by a gifted young River Phoenix, who left us way way too soon! It's not a conventional movie, but I feel fabulously well made! It is based on the novel by Paul Theroux. The film tells the story of a family that leaves the United States and tries to find a happier and simpler life in the jungles of Central America. However, their jungle paradise quickly turns into a dystopia as their stubborn father's behavior becomes increasingly erratic and aggressive. It was shot in the cities of Cartersville and Rome in Georgia, in addition to Baltimore, Maryland, and Belize.