Startling adventure about an idealist who uproots his family to a remote Caribbean island, where he sets about creating a Utopia. Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren star.
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'My father was an inventor - a genius with anything mechanical.
'Nine patents, six pending.
'He dropped out of Harvard. "To get an education", he said.
'I believed he owned the world, and that all he said was true.'
Look! How did America get this way?
Land of promise and opportunity! Give us the wretched refuse of your shores!
-Have a coke! Watch TV!
-Have a nice day!
Go on welfare... Get free money!
Turn to crime! Crime pays here.
Why do they put up with it?
Why do they keep coming?
Look around you. This place is a toilet!
The whole damned country could turn into a door-locking danger zone, full of scavengers and moral scum
and nobody would think to leave.
-do! I think about it every day.
I want eight feet of rubber seal with foam backing.
This country's going to the dogs!
And nobody cares!
"I just work here" - that's the attitude!
Buy junk, sell junk, eat junk...
-I don't want it.
-You asked for it.
-You work for the Japanese?
-If you don't want it, just say so.
I just said so. Look! "Made in Japan."
I don't want my hard-earned dollars converted into yen!
Do you work here?
OK, we'll get it some place else! This is not the only place in town. Goodbye!
Maybe I should have said "sayonara"!
I'll tell you, Charlie, I'm not going back into Hatfield.
I'm sick of dealing with people who want things I've rejected - things on TV!
They talk about nuclear destruction as if it were a game show topic!
'All winter, Father had been saying, "There's going to be a war here." "It's coming", he said.
'He said the signs were all over - in the high prices, the bad tempers and the greed of the people.
'"Bloody crimes went unpunished", he said.
'This war would be different, and no side would be innocent.'
It's like a human's insides.
Entrails and vitals!
You see, that's its digestive system,
circulatory system, respiration - lungs -
fatty tissue, kidneys...
The ammonia, that's its plasma!
But, Dad... What is it?
It's perfection. That's what it is!
Where is he? SHE MOUTHS SILENTLY
-He's not here right now, Mr Polski.
He had to go to Hatfield to get a...a part for something.
I can see his truck! He's supposed to be here, rigging up a cooling system for the barn!
My asparagus is rotting! Tell him to get here!
-Something about a cooling system?
-I've got something much better!
I'm going to knock his socks off and straighten his hair, honey!
Where've you been?
-About half a glass of water.
-What is this?
-Got a match?
-My asparagus is rotting, and you ask me for a match!
If it wouldn't be too much trouble!
Jerry, why won't he answer me? I don't know!
-Now he cooks a glass of water! What is that thing?
-It's my baby!
-My baby boy!
-THE MACHINE RUMBLES
Fat Boy! That's what we'll call it!
-< This is foolishness!
I've got work to do! THE MACHINE BLASTS
C'mon, Doc! Take a look!
-Oh, boy! Ain't that something?
-But how did I do it? Where's the electricity?
-You mean I made ice out of fire?
-Yeah...so it seems.
-Let's see how it works.
This is just a model!
I'm going to build you a huge one!
I'm in the asparagus business, not the inventing business!
But, Doc, I can preserve the excess with Fat Boy, here!
-It's too small.
-It's a scale model!
-It's ingenious, Mr Fox. That's why I hired you!
I also hired you to do what I ask - to provide a simple cooling system in the barn!
Not to go off with crazy schemes, inventing contraptions in MY time!
What is this? It's not a rest period!
He didn't like it very much, Dad.
He hated it. Positively hated it!
Absolute contempt! But I'm glad of that.
That's what gets me cooking! What if he'd liked it?
Then I'd have gone back to bed!
We'll just be a couple of minutes.
Right out of the jungle. Didn't know when they were well-off.
I'd trade places with them any day.
D'you know what they've got down there?
Geothermal energy! All the juice they need, 5,000 feet under the surface.
Imagine the problems they have in the jungle without refrigeration.
If they saw an ice cube, they'd probably think it was... a diamond or jewel of some kind.
I want to show you something.
-They call this 'the monkey-house'.
Don't let me hear you call it that.
Poor people. Look at what they own.
-They don't even eat the asparagus they cut!
-We shouldn't be here.
They welcome visitors! Be kind to strangers - you never know when you might be one yourself.
-That's the law of the jungle.
-But this isn't the jungle, Dad!
No, because no jungle is as murderous and fallen as this is.
They trade green trees for this. It's pathetic, and it makes me mad.
They'll end up being part of the problem.
-It would take courage to go there.
Not ordinary gumption...
but four in the morning courage.
And who's got that?
What is it?
Something's going to happen.
When you're young, the world is a strange place.
-You start to worry about it.
-But Dad's not young, and HE'S worried.
He's always like that before a new invention. He's got a lot on his mind.
But something IS going to happen.
-TRUCK HORN BEEPS
-Give me a hand!
-I've got something for you.
-You're going to love this!
-Is that right?
I need four men. Grab that thing with wheels.
EXCITED VOICES >
-We're not allowed to go in.
-What's going on in there?
< You're not...
Hey, Charlie's here!
Your father's a great man. He's my father, too!
Charlie, I want you to do something. Take this and give it to Polski.
-I'll take it, Dad. I'm dressed!
-Charlie's the oldest. He's doing it.
This is an historic occasion!
"I'm not only quitting this job, but also this ruin of a country.
"Good luck, Doc. You'll need it."
Your father is the worst kind of pain-in-the-neck.
A know-it-all who's sometimes right!
He's a dangerous man, Charlie. You tell him that!
One of these days he's going to get you all killed!
-Take a picture of me!
-Don't waste film!
-It's only the breakfast things.
-Mother! Come on!
-What about all the books, Dad?
-If it's not in the pile, it stays!
-Girls in the back!
-Can I ride back here?
-No, it's not safe.
# Under the bam! Under the boo! Under the bamboo tree.
# Two live as one
# One lives as two
# Two lives as three
# Under the bamboo tree! #
SHIP HORNS BLAST
Goodbye, America! And have a nice day!
Hi! I'm Reverend Gurney Spellgood.
You can call me Gurney.
Mrs Fox, I'm Captain Smalls. Come on, I'll get you a seat.
The sea around us, the earth beneath.
This night commit this food > to Thy keep.
TWINS: We don't say prayers at home.
-The Captain first, Reverend!
-"The last shall be first"!
-"SOME of the last who will be first", Luke.
Oh, I was quoting Matthew!
Matthew says "many", not "some".
You certainly understand my mission, Mr Fox!
And a good knowledge of the Scriptures, too!
I've tinkered with the Bible. It doesn't work.
-Is it your first visit to Mosquitia?
-Actually, we're planning to stay.
-The whole country's in the Stone Age.
Ah, Mr Fox! I've got a gift for you.
It's the latest - the Blue Jeans Bible.
A psychologist designed it.
Hey, kids, this is what I was warning you about.
"Of making many books, there is no end. Much study is a weariness of the flesh." Ecclesiastes.
"There are many rooms in my Father's house, but I am the door."
Well, don't slam it on the way out!
-God forgive you!
-Have a nice day!
Thank you, brother!
It's a whole lot hotter than this in the jungle!
-You've never been there?
We're from Baltimore.
I study communication at school.
I hate school! It's so boring!
So, what's your favourite band?
Mine's The Executioners. I love the lead guitarist!
Your father's a missionary. You don't live in Baltimore.
My father has two churches. One's in Guampu, and one's in Baltimore. It's a drive-in.
-What kind of drive-in?
-There's only one kind! You know, outdoors? With cars?
God, you're stupid!
So, what does your old man do?
My father's an inventor.
He invented this sort of mechanical mop. It works all by itself.
-My father's a genius!
Charlie... Do you have a girlfriend?
I could be your girlfriend... if you want.
I think about you when I go to the bathroom!
THE GIRLS SING A SONG
LOUD BABBLE OF VOICES
Come here, honey! Whooo!
# He's all right What do you think about Jesus?
# He's all right. What do you think about Jesus?
# He's all right! He's all right! #
Honey, look at it! It's beautiful!
Amen! OK, brothers, let's get this show on the road!
Come on! We've got a long way to go.
Look! I love him when he's like that!
-Happy hunting, Reverend!
-Thank you, Mr Fox! And you, too!
-Look at all the boats!
Hey, come to Papa!
SALSA DRUM BEAT
MUSIC DROWNS OUT CONVERSATION
HEAVY RAIN IS FALLING
EXCITED VOICES >
Shhh! The twins are asleep!
-Tell her, Charlie!
-Dad bought a town!
-He had a gun in his pocket!
-You're looking at the mayor of Jeronimo!
-You bought a town?
-A small town.
Well, where is it?
Jeronimo! It's too shallow to go up there.
Well, Mr Haddy, we'll just have to experiment!
- Why you go to Jeronimo? - We bought it!
We ran out of room in America!
Here, let me take the wheel.
It's MY launch!
I steer, you passenger!
-Haddy, are you all right, there?
-There is no channel here! >
-Don't give up!
-Stay back! It's too shallow!
Can you get in all right?
# I don't own a VCR A house, nor car!
# And I've got no colour TV! #
-Ask them where we are.
-This is it! Jeronimo!
-Stay there, girls!
Haddy, get ready on the bow line.
-Can we help you?
-I've been looking for you!
Help your mother!
-Can you see the town yet, Allie?
It's perfect! Perfect!
Everything we need is here! Right here!
Starting from scratch!
-This is what I've dreamed about.
Don't look at me like that, Mother! This is life, not a vacation!
-Can you see it, Charlie?
-Can YOU see it, Mother?
-See what, Allie?
-A beautiful house, right in front of you!
-Me no see no house!
This could be for the kitchen. That could be the wash-house!
Build a platform above it all!
It's like the hub of a wheel, with the crops radiating out.
We'll have to drain that swamp.
Pump the river water up for the fish farm! Slash the area for growing land!
Perhaps if I hit them...
..and you take them out, OK?
-Dad, there's a big pile of cut wood here.
-Wood or lumber?
Girls, come and have a look!
What wonderful old treasures!
You take that beauty.
-Where is she?
-It's all right!
-Leeches and tigers all over!
-And huge baboons!
-OK, Mr Haddy!
Oh, my God!
-Look at you!
Look at YOU!
JUNGLE ECHOES WITH ANIMAL AND BIRD CRIES
I miss my home in America.
Me too! Yeah!
We all do. Now, who wants some orange?
Nobody loves America more than I do, you know.
That's why we left, because I couldn't bear to watch.
You kids have got to understand.
It's like when my mother died.
She was strong as an ox - fell down and broke her hip, then caught double pneumonia.
She was dying. I went to see her. And what did she say?
-IN CROAKY VOICE:
-Why don't you poison me?
I couldn't listen, so I went away.
People said it was the height of callousness.
It's not true.
I loved her too much to watch her die.
I'm not here to boss you around.
I'm here to work for you. If I'm not working hard enough, tell me.
You come up and say, "You got to do a lot better!" and I will!
Where do you want to begin? You tell me!
Fish farm? Chicken run? What? You tell me.
-OLD MAN COUGHS
You want to plant first? Sensible!
Come along! We've got it all worked out!
Go to your assigned row according to the colours you were told earlier.
Pumpkin seeds. They go this far apart.
-How are you doing, Charlie?
-All right, Dad.
Right now in America someone's throwing an electric squeezer out, saying it doesn't work.
-Someone's eating chocolate soup!
-Is that right, Father?
That's why I'm here.
That's why I came.
ALLIE WHISTLES AND HUMS TO HIMSELF
'It was not an easy life, those first weeks in Jeronimo.
'It was no coconut kingdom of free fruit and grass huts.'
Watch the strings, kids! Good morning, ladies!
Get up! I need this tent taken down.
'This was work and a routine that took up every daylight hour.
'In Hatfield, we had done pretty much what we pleased. Here, things were different.'
Have you got some flooring up there?
Charlie, you're supposed to have the flooring up here!
It's an absolute sin to accept the decadence of obsolescence.
We accept that things fall apart, but they don't have to! They need to last forever!
We eat when we're not hungry, drink when we're not thirsty...
Why sell a man what he wants? Sell him what he doesn't need! It's wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
In New York, people kill for a quarter!
You don't dare take a walk! Think!
Ten-year-old homicidal maniacs on every street corner!
They go to school! Huh!
-The problem with...
-CHAINSAW DROWNS OUT HIS RANTINGS
..and a 2 loaf of bread!
Great! You'll be my fish farmer!
We're going to breed all the fish we need to eat right here!
Just scoop 'em up and into the pot!
Get all of this cleared up, all right?
How am I doing, boy?
Strictly speaking, there's no such thing as invention.
-BLOW-TORCH DROWNS HIM OUT
'Father often talked of things being revealed.
'True invention was magnifying something's use, improving its imperfections
'and putting it to work for you.
'God had left the world incomplete.
'It was man's job to finish it, he'd say.
'I think that's why he hated missionaries.
'They taught people to put up with their earthly burdens.
'For Father, all earthly burdens could be fitted with a pulley!'
-What have you got, girls?
-Can you fix it?
Yeah, I can get this going.
Don't just sit there, honey - pedal!
No need to worry about these kids' education, Mother!
This is the education they need.
This is the kind of education every American should have gotten.
When America's laid to waste by nuclear holocaust, THESE skills will save them.
Not finger-painting or "What is the capital of Texas?"
Rebuilding a civilization from a smoking ruin!
Charlie, it's Mr Haddy!
Hi! How're you doing? Good to see you!
Yes, I have it for you! For you!
Oh, Mr Haddy!
I'm going to put cuffs on them, OK?
-Hello, Mr Peaselee!
Can I help?
It's a nice yellow, isn't it?
I surely like this colour!
Mr Fox! >
-A very good morning to you!
Well done, Foxes! Well done!
-Mrs Kennywick! Is that you?
-Yes, sir, Father.
Now, we haven't seen you in God's house in quite a while!
Jeedoof to you.
-What can we do for you, Reverend?
-Word has spread of your doings. I thought I'd look in.
-Mrs Fox, how nice to see you!
-I love your parrot!
-Oh! I brought some preserves from Aurora.
-Oh! Will you thank her for me?
-Papaya and yams, I believe.
-State your business, Reverend.
-It's the Lord's business I'm about!
I didn't know the Lord was franchising round here!
-Perhaps some cold tea, Allie!
The Lord sent me here, Mr Fox!
That's what I love about you - a complete lack of presumption(!)
-If the Lord knew this place existed, he'd have done something for these people! But he didn't!
-This river doesn't belong to you.
-Nor you! But this place belongs to me!
This man cannot speak...
for you good folk!
-The Lord is your Father!
-I'm a fair man!
If any of you want to go with this man, I won't stop you! Any takers?
And Pharoah said...
And Pharoah said, "Who is the Lord that I should obey his voice,
"and let YOU, Israel, go?
"I know not the Lord, and neither will I let Israel go!"
Now get off my land!
'What Father had promised that first day in Jeronimo
'was now there for all to see. It was all as he predicted,
'and more orderly and happier than we had imagined.
'He called this notch in the jungle a superior civilisation.
'He said it was just how America might have been.'
GUITAR MUSIC AND BABBLE OF VOICES
-When they come we'll say "Happy Thanksgiving", OK?
Dad, you look...nice!
TWINS: - You look funny! - No, he looks nice!
You look great, Mom!
This is the life!
Our first Thanksgiving in the New World!
-This looks really good!
-Can I have some meat, Dad?
-After your mother! Leg, honey?
-Bye, Dad! See you!
THE CHILDREN GIGGLE
Let me lead the way! I know this jungle!
# Silent night, holy night
# All is calm, all is bright... #
Right, we buy our food from the store!
We'll use those nuts as a bank.
A dollar each!
-I want to buy some food. >
-Do you have any money?
-Ain't got none.
-Well, start digging!
-I'll be the school teacher! We can get Dad to help us.
Dad wouldn't understand. Don't tell Dad or anyone about Acre.
-Because it's our secret. No-one else can know!
-Your father can do magic.
-Science is worse!
-No! Father could have made a fortune inventing.
How come he ain't rich? Because he wanted to come here!
-And he said there'd be nuclear war.
-You're all wrong.
MEN CHANT RHYTHMICALLY
'Father told us he was making a monster. "I'm Dr Frankenstein", he'd say.
'He called one set of pipes 'lungs',
'and another its 'poop shaft'.
'He always spoke of it as 'he'.
'"He needs a gizzard today",
'or "This will fit onto his liver".'
GAS HISSES OUT
Mother, I want you by my side! History is being made here today!
Jerry, have you got the camera?
Everybody in position? Leon?
You're the youngest. You'll remember this longest.
Drainy? Er, excuse us...
Everybody in, Drainy? OK, smile!
MACHINE STARTS TO RUMBLE
He's waking up.
This is no miracle. This is thermodynamics!
HADDY: It's risky, Mother!
It's all right. Allie knows what he's doing.
-Never seen a snowball?
Ice from fire!
-It's cold water, Father!
Cool down your house, get a good night's sleep...
Ice is civilization! That's why I'm here!
EVERYONE CHEERS AND LAUGHS
'Fat Boy looked like a miracle to the local Zambus.
'A kind of ice-market was established - all for free.
'But Father was restless.
'It was all too easy now, and everyone took ice for granted.
'Francis told him of an Indian tribe.
'They'd never seen missionaries, and had certainly never seen ice.
'These were the pure people he'd talked of.
'They would see the ice as a jewel, and be amazed.'
Keep going! Don't give up on me, boys!
NOISE OF RAIN OBSCURES COMMENTS
Put it down if you have to! Put it down!
OK, Charlie. Hold it up here.
Come on up! Come on!
Don't get your legs underneath.
THEY GRUNT AND PANT
Come on, Jerry!
THE RAIN HAS STOPPED
Just over this ridge. It's all downhill.
-What's the matter with you guys?
-We'll have to go home in the dark!
Home? Not till we've delivered this ice!
All right, we'll camp here.
So, where are we going to sleep?
Why, right over there!
Over the street at the Holiday Inn!
You lounge by the pool while I fix us some rooms. Do you want a king-size bed?
I sure hope there's a colour TV!
Want a few quarters for the jukebox, Jerry?
I'm so sick of this whining! Pull yourself together! Be a man!
(Come on, Jerry. It's all right.)
There goes Charlie to get a Fudgsicle!
-I'm looking for some wood to build a lean-to!
-Charlie'll show us how!
< Charlie know how?
FIRE SPITS AND CRACKLES
Put out that fire! You're melting my ice.
What are you looking at?
This is the first time since Creation that ice has melted here. Think about it!
Charlie, give me the bag!
I brought for you... Present!
Move slowly. We're the first white men they've seen.
Come here! Come! Look!
Wait till you see this.
I don't believe this!
It was... This was ice!
-Wait a minute!
Do you know how hard it was to get here?
Go away! We go, Father!
Have you ever seen or touched ice?
(Dad! Dad! There's a white man.)
-(There's a white man in there.)
-(Take my bag.)
Nice place you got!
Living close to nature!
My dad's an inventor. He invented this big ice machine!
-It makes ice!
-Yeah! Big pieces!
Ice can be used for a number of things.
-Keeping your food fresh!
Great painkiller! And it keeps you cool on hot days. Ice is civilization!
That's why he's here.
Wonderful view here! Thank you! We'll be back.
We'll bring you some ice! We'll be back!
Thank you! Bye!
-What were they doing?
Captured! Three guys... Prisoners!
They've got a plan to escape. I told them to follow our trail.
They thought we were missionaries!
What is it, Dad?
I'm so glad you're back. They all went away with him.
There was nothing I could do!
Spellgood was raving - talking about hell-fire!
-TWIN: They said we were Communists.
-We're not, honey.
It's just jealousy and envy. You build something up and people want to take it away.
Who do that?
FRANCIS HUMS TO HIMSELF
A GUN IS COCKED
What? What, Francis?
-Talk to me. Tell me what's going on.
-FRANCIS SPEAKS IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE
HE CONTINUES TO SPEAK QUICKLY
-Dad, what's wrong?
-I don't know!
-Three men! Guns!
-I don't see anyone.
Three men! Here!
< TOILET FLUSHES Que lujo tienes (!)
We didn't think we would find you.
-Where are your Zambus?
-Gone! I didn't get a chance to tell them you were friendly.
-Probably dipping their arrows in poison right now. Right?
Where are you going?
The coast is only a day from here.
I'll make you a map.
Take the cayuka down at the river. It's yours! You'd like it there.
We like it HERE!
I wish there was some place for you to stay, but we're...
..infested with ants!
They're in everything. We've got to tear everything down - burn it!
I told you to take Maywit's shack down! Don't run! Don't run!
Take it down and stack it for burning.
I don't see any ants.
If you could see them, you could kill them!
-Well, I've got a lot of work to do.
-We look around.
No, take the cayuka. It's yours! Go!
We look around!
Right! Look around!
Look around...all you want!
Me no see no ants, Father!
When I make a mistake, I make a good one!
I thought they were the Indians' prisoners.
Are you comfortable?
I mean, the reason I ask is...
I'm going to have to ask you to get up.
War on the ants! Total war!
Charlie, bring the chainsaw! All this furniture...
All these pads and things can be boiled!
Get all this fabric and furniture. Excuse me! Hold that, please. Take this stuff off!
All the furniture!
-Excuse me, gentlemen!
-CHAINSAW STARTS UP
Get out of here!
THE CHAINSAW DROWNS ALLIE OUT
Do I have to burn every chair, Ma?
Just put it on, Jerry!
We've got termites, darling.
Everything's got to go!
It's the only way to get rid of them.
(I can't see them.)
(Maybe they've gone.)
-They want some food.
-God, we're stuck with them!
Stuck with them?
We're not stuck with anyone.
No-one who has the slightest spark has to endure a moment's oppression.
What are we going to do?
Andamos! Pasamos una noche ya y eso es todo.
Why aren't we sleeping in our hammocks?
Because we've got guests tonight. You sleep tight, all right?
The bunkhouse is ready!
Get your stuff together and we'll go!
Well, it's not much...
Just the basic necessities.
But I'm sure you'll be comfortable.
Eggs and bacon all round?
Hecha una mirada ya atras. >
(I can't do this alone. Get your shoes and follow me.)
They're asleep. Climb up and shove this through the brackets on the access door.
You must be VERY quiet. Can you do it?
I guess so.
You've got to be sure. You could get us killed.
Can you do it?
Yeah. I can do it.
Don't pity those men, Charlie.
Don't pity this insect.
That's not his blood, it's MY blood.
FAT BOY RUMBLES
THE BANDITS SHOUT FOR HELP
We gave them every chance to leave. If they lie down, they'll be fine.
They won't feel a thing. In a few moments, they'll be frozen.
-Why you making ice this time of night for?
They should lie down! They'll put a hole in him!
-FAT BOY HISSES AND RUMBLES
-THE MEN SCREAM
Mother! Mr Haddy! Get BACK!
-THE TWINS SCREAM
-Get behind the tree! Heads down!
GAS! Get out!
I'm so sorry.
She was all I had in the world.
-What good is a boat with no river?
-The river is there!
It's full of ammonium hydroxide - contaminated. If we stay here, we'll die.
-Look, we're here! The ocean!
-We're here! THEY ALL SHOUT AND CHEER
I'm going in! I'll race you, Jerry!
Wait for me!
THEY ALL SQUEAL WITH DELIGHT
My home - that way! United States - that way!
CHILDREN: Let's go home! Let's go home!
Everything we need is here!
We can live simply. Gardening...fishing...beach-combing.
I'm a changed man. No more chemicals or poisons. If it isn't here, we don't need it!
We could take that pipanto up the coast to Mosquitia.
We could walk down the beach to Panama!
Or UP the beach to Cape Cod!
-Yes! Let's go to Cape Cod!
-THE CHILDREN ALL SHOUT
We CANNOT go back!
Because...it's not there any more.
America's not there.
What are you talking about?
-A cataclysm, a blinding flash, the end of that world.
-Darling, that was Jeronimo.
No, I'm talking about America.
Millions of Americans burnt to a crisp.
Their flesh just melted off them.
Why are you doing this to us?
To us? I'm our salvation. I rescued us.
Is it really blown away? Nuclear war?
It's all right, now. He's just joking... Just a JOKE!
-Me cannot take your Omega, Father!
-I've got no use for it any more.
Take it. You've been a good friend to us.
But you'd like my place - just down the coast.
They're my family!
If it's on a map, I can't use it!
'I knew Father had lied to us about America being blown up.
'That lie made me feel lonelier than I had ever felt before.
'I wanted to take hold of him to tell him I loved him
'and that I would stay with him if only he would take back the lie.'
How long are we going to be here?
Have Hatfield and Mr Polski and our chickens all been blown up?
Well, if they have, we're the luckiest people on Earth.
-What if it hasn't?
-Then we're making an awful mistake.
'Somehow, we found what we needed.
'We built a latrine and a hut and planted a vegetable garden.
'Father's hut was like a barge. He took care to make it waterproof, sealing the cracks with tar.
'He found an old outboard and took it apart, cleaning it piece by piece.
'Father was fond of saying, "In the end, Robinson Crusoe went back home, but we're staying."'
It's Mr Haddy!
Greetings! Hi! Nice to see you!
Oh, Haddy! What a surprise!
This is a very different kind of experiment! Very different!
It doesn't look much at the moment, but we've got great plans!
-I brought some food.
-Do I look hungry?
-That motor don't have no sparks. I bring you some sparks and gas next time.
-I don't want them.
-How is that?
-Because I don't need your charity.
You're too close to the water.
-The water's over there.
-It'll be here when the rain comes. It'll cover that junk pile.
Who made that trash pile? Monkeys?
-Tell us how you lost your watch!
-I swapped it for my new boat. You want to see she?
I call her 'Omega' like the watch!
She is a PRETTY thing!
I had that watch 15 years!
It's three thirty!
-You just gave it away.
-You approve of that.
Haddy, can't you see? We've got work to do here.
You're in trouble here, Father. The rains will wash you out to sea.
Ma and the kids could come to us.
It's good for the family there!
He's telling ME it's too dangerous here!
-Don't talk to him like that!
We live here. Get that?
-JERRY: I want to go.
-Speak up, Jerry!
-I said I wanted to go with Mr Haddy!
Fine! Stop what you're doing, pack up and get out. But don't come back - ever!
Never! That's policy!
See what you've gone and done? You've got no vision, have you? None at all!
This is going to be a thriving village some day, living in harmony with nature.
Anyone without vision has no place here! Anyone!
He didn't mean it.
I hate him! I wish he was dead!
HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDER
You won't tell Father I come!
-Sparks and gas for the outboard.
-What'll I tell him?
You found them! Don't mention Haddy!
You gonna drown without the motor!
There going to be water EVERYWHERE! You hear, Charlie?
God be with you!
Fasten this to the frame!
Oh, my God! My God!
Don't worry, Mother! It'll float!
Get inside with the kids! I'll get a line to the shore!
Everybody hold on together!
We're going out to sea!
I found these last week!
-I've got control!
-Haddy's! We could go downstream to Haddy's!
Dead things go downstream, Mother! Life is upstream!
Don't give them too much coconut!
Don't know when we'll eat next!
The prop's fallen to the bottom. Boys!
Come here with your poles. Get a reference on the shore.
Hold her where we are.
TWIN: Where is he?
He's been down a long time.
-Jerry, can you see him?
TWIN: He has to be somewhere!
MOTHER STARTS TO SOB
I can't STAND THIS!
-It'll be all right!
We'll be ALL RIGHT!
-We can go downstream to Mr Haddy.
-Mom, Jerry's right. Let's go!
'As punishment, Jerry and I were towed behind the houseboat.
'Father sat on the end of the tow-line, his back to us.
'I hated his shoulders, his greasy hair, the slant of his spine.
'I imagined sticking a knife in it, just below his ragged collar.'
Yes, it's necessary punishment.
No, it's not! Now bring those children back on!
Are you in charge now, Mother? If so, just say!
Can you get us out of here?
-If you could, where would you go?
-I'd go to Mr Haddy's!
-And live like a savage?
I'd really rather die.
It's no shame to be the last to go. It just proves my point.
I'm doing this for all of us.
I'm doing this for you.
I wish I could kill him.
We could sneak up behind...
-Be quiet! Stop talking like that!
-You're thinking it, too.
-No, I'm not! You can stop talking like that!
-I wish he were dead!
-Be quiet, OK?
Just be quiet.
Beautiful country, eh, Mother?
We could live anywhere around here. Like kings!
I know what you're thinking! You think it's better upstream!
HEAVENLY SINGING IN THE DISTANCE
Are those angels, Mommy?
SINGING GETS LOUDER
# Blessed Jesus
# Blessed Jesus
# Thou hast found us, kindly... #
-Missionaries! They could help us.
-We don't need help!
Look at us!
REV SPELLGOOD: Well done, choir!
-We'll see about this!
-What are you going to do?
-I'm going to knock his block off!
Barbed wire! A Christian concentration camp!
REV SPELLGOOD RANTS IN THE BACKGROUND
They have a backboard! We could play basketball!
Wow! Look at these toys!
Can we play with them?
'Now, brothers and sisters!
'We all know the story of Gideon -
'how, in his hour of darkness,
'he called upon God...
'to help spite his enemies.
'Then he blew his trumpet...'
IMITATION TRUMPET BLASTS
'that was that!
'He called on God!
'As simple as making a telephone call.
'Now, I want YOU...
'to think of prayer as being as simple as making a telephone call.
'God! It's Gurney! Now, I was calling you because... Hello?'
-'Sometimes, the line is cut.
'Now, what do you do when the line is cut?
'You ring again!
'God? It's me again!
'Now, I do have a little problem. I know you're very busy...'
Back to the boat!
JOLLY TV MUSIC PLAYS
It's Charlie Fox and Jerry!
What are you doing here?
We're going up river.
This is weird! My dad said you were running round nude and climbing trees!
What happened? You look disgusting!
You got smaller, and your hair's gross!
Is America OK?
Baltimore's freaking. They closed the drive-in church.
-Was there war?
-Are you nuts?
Father said America blew up... No-one was left.
- That's stupid. - He told us it went up in flames.
I thought MY dad was weird!
-He was lying to us...!
It's OK, it's the generator.
DISTANT SHOUTS Here!
It's OK. It's all right. It's OK!
CHARLIE CRIES It's OK. Really!
Emily, we're in trouble.
Will you help us?
Where have you been?
-I thought he was with you!
He lied, Ma! America's still there.
-Mother, I'm leaving.
-So am I!
-Emily gave me the keys to their jeep.
You mean leave Dad behind?
-Please! Please listen to me!
This could be your last chance. Let's get the twins and get out!
SMALL EXPLOSION >
SCREAMS AND YELLS
Father! On fire!
Charlie, get the twins.
-It's all right, darling.
It's all right. Come on. Don't worry.
Don't worry! I got some gas!
I guess I must have spilled some.
SPELLGOOD: Get the hoses going!
-Charlie, get the line. We're getting out.
-We're not going with you.
-You're a liar!
-Charlie's got a plan!
-You're against me, too!
-You're killing us!
-You've always been against me! You and the kids!
I'm sorry! I'm sorry!
Come on. Let's get off the boat.
TWIGS SNAP >
It's all right. It's all right, my darling.
< A CHEER GOES UP
SPELLGOOD: You see what it says over the door? It says 'Hallelujah'!
How am I doing, son?
I can't move. Just my head.
It'll get better.
Man sprang from a faulty world, Charlie.
It's a bad design, the human body!
The skin's not thick enough, too little hair, no claws, no fangs...
We weren't meant to stand upright.
It exposes our heart and genitals.
We should be on all fours... hairier!
Look at me! Yes, sir!
I'll be on all fours from now on.
-I don't want Dad to die!
You cut yourself on a can of tuna and you die!
Are we still going up river, Mother?
'Once I had believed in Father,
'and the world had seemed small and old.
'Now he was gone, and I wasn't afraid to love him.
'And the world...
Adventure about an idealist who uproots his family to a remote Caribbean island, away from the consumerism which he perceives to be choking America. He sets about creating a Utopia in the jungle by bringing ice to the natives and uses his genius for making gadgets to enhance their primitive lifestyle. But he also alienates his long-suffering family, and his enterprise proves fatally flawed. Based on the novel by Paul Theroux.