The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast

DVD - 1999 | Widescreen presentation.
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Allie Fox is fed up. Angered by an America that "buys junk, sells junk, eats junk," and a world whose nuclear doomsday clock is always two minutes away from midnight, the brilliant inventor leads his trusting wife and four children into the remote Central American jungles to carve out a new society.


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Dec 21, 2016

Disillusioned with what America has become, an inventor played by Harrison Ford escapes into the wild of Central America with his wife, played by Helen Mirren, and four children. The social commentary and the psychology of Ford's character are interesting, and it was a good role for him. The first half or so is strong. Unfortunately, the second half goes too far and too far off the rails. Still, I enjoyed the cast, which also includes River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton, and am glad I finally saw this film 30 years after its release. I have not read the adult fiction book on which it was based. The movie is rated PG.

Feb 16, 2016

Peter Weir's work as a director has been seriously underrated, and this film proves it. It is rare to see a director balance genres of political satire, comedy, family drama, and scenic travelogue all fluently. Harrison Ford's character is a bit of a stretch at times, but I still managed to believe him even in his over-the-top antics, and Helen Mirren as his wife is simply superb, radiating a calm but nervous temperament in the mount of continuing madness coming from her husband. I highly recommend this gem of a film!

Feb 11, 2015

Rated 1/10.

Oct 27, 2014

I saw this movie as a kid and loved it. Having just seen it again, this movie is no longer one of my favourites. Harrison Ford’s character is too abusive for me to like and Helen Mirren’s is just too passive to be believable. The premise of the movie is so good and the jungle visuals are excellent, it just falls short with the two parental characters.

Oct 26, 2014

An intriguing plot that resonates with ideology that many people have today about society -- being fed up with consumerism, capitalism etc. etc. Despite being made in 1986, thankfully it had very few things that dated the film - thanks to the setting. I would like to see this re-made in a more believable way.The best acting comes from the younger actors, while 'Allie' (Ford) and his 'wife' play extremes of character that get irritating to watch - he as the 'mad inventor/narcissistic dictator', and she as the 'doormat/devoted/mute wife'. I finished it only because I was hoping for the satisfaction of having it end the way I wanted.....which it did, thankfully.

Aug 01, 2013

An alternate ending to this film begins at about, oh, the 15 minute mark. After hearing the plans that the husband has decided to act upon, the wife files for a restraining order and divorce proceedings. She is awarded full custody of the children, and we spend the rest of the film witnessing court-ordered supervised visitation privileges for the husband to see his children. The end of the film features an opulent backyard scene with the lawyers and judges enjoying life at the expense of this tragically broken family. The End.

aaa5756 Mar 18, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.


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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Mar 18, 2013

“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” -Abraham Lincoln


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Mar 07, 2019

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