• Released
  • November 26, 1986
  • PG
  • Action/Adventure
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The Mosquito Coast Synopsis
A crank inventor (Harrison Ford) drags his family to a Honduran jungle and builds a giant ice maker.
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TV Guide

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

By 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...
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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...
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Washington Post

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...
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Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
As a persona of epic polarities, [Harrison Ford] animates this muddled, metaphysical journey into the jungle.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
The Mosquito Coast is a work of consummate craftsmanship and it's spectacularly acted, down to the smallest roles (Martha Plimpton as a...
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Chicago Reader

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

By 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...
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Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
The picture's blandness - and hollowness - is startling when you consider the collaborators. [26 Nov 1986]
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The New York Times

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