Witness. Dead poet's society. Green card. The Truman show. You've heard of those films I'm sure. But what about this one: The Mosquito Coast.. ? All directed by Peter Weir.
I'll admit to a little bias, this is my favourite film. I love those others too, so maybe if you liked them it's worth checking this one out. BBC2 show it from time to time. I only wish they would release it on DVD.
The film is a pretty close reproduction of Paul Theroux's book of the same name. BBC2 fans will know of the author's son, Louis, from his weird weekends and off beat interviews.
The action starts in typical America - predictable, arid, and swamped with Japanese imports... our (anti-)hero, maverick inventor Allie Fox (Harrison Ford) decides to uproot his wife and family (Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, etc), and relocate them all to a remote jungle town where they are to live in a utopia far removed from the modern world, but also far removed from what the native people are used to.
Of course this tense paradise cannot last, and the story unfolds with conflicts-a-plenty: undiscovered jungle tribes; bible bashing missionaries, and gun toting mercenaries.
The film is narrated by Allie's son Charlie (River Phoenix) in perhaps his best role before his untimely death. The feel of the picture is almost undescribable.. the cinematograpy awe-inspiring without being cliche.. the acting flawless, story captivating...
In short.. a little known masterpiece from an otherwise well known director