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The Mosquito Coast

Thriller . Drama . Adventure

Allie Fox, an American inventor exhausted by the perceived danger and degradation of modern society, decides to escape with his wife and children to Belize. In the jungle, he tries with mad determination to create a utopian community with disastrous results.

Actors: Hilary Gordon , Michael Rogers , Jadrien Steele , Dick O'Neill , Andre Gregory , Martha Plimpton , Conrad Roberts , River Phoenix , Helen Mirren , Harrison Ford
Directors: Peter Weir
Country: USA
Release: 1986-11-26
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  • Staff (Not Credited)

    A courageous and serious film that explores the limits of the mythic American virtues of persistence, inventiveness, and rugged individualism.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    It is hard to believe that a film as beautiful as The Mosquito Coast [adapted from the novel by Paul Theroux] can also be so bleak, but therein lies its power and undoing.

    Variety Full Review
  • Paul Attanasio

    The Mosquito Coast is the only movie you'll see this season that has too much ambition for its own good - its subject, really, is nothing less than the American experience.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    As a persona of epic polarities, [Harrison Ford] animates this muddled, metaphysical journey into the jungle.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie has been directed and acted so well, in fact, that almost all my questions have to do with the script: Why was the hero made so uncompromisingly hateful?

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Pat Graham

    Peter Weir's 1986 adaptation of Paul Theroux's best-selling novel is literally that - an adaptation without much character of its own.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    What keeps The Mosquito Coast from being a great movie is too much caution.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Vincent Canby

    In spite of its authentic scenery (it was filmed in Belize), this Mosquito Coast is utterly flat.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    The problem is that the high-pitched whine of Allie's character finally vitiates not merely the viewer's sympathy for him, but sympathy for the movie he dominates, despite the care and courage that went into its making.

    Time Full Review
  • Sheila Benson

    Weir's orchestrated The Mosquito Coast's action to match Fox's progressive mental state, from rage to explosion to squalls and finally to hurricane velocity; however, the film leaves us not with an apotheosis, but exhaustion. [26 Nov 1986]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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