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The Mosquito Coast Quotes

The Mosquito Coast is a television show that appeared on TV in 1970 . The Mosquito Coast stopped airing in 1970.

It features Jerome Hellman as producer, Maurice Jarre in charge of musical score, and John Seale as head of cinematography.

The Mosquito Coast is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of The Mosquito Coast is 117 minutes long. The Mosquito Coast is distributed by Warner Bros..

The cast includes: Harrison Ford as Allie Fox, River Phoenix as Charlie, Martha Plimpton as Emily Spellgood, Harrison Ford as Allie, Jadrien Steele as Jerry Fox, and Helen Mirren as Mother Fox.

The Mosquito Coast Quotes

Helen Mirren as Mother Fox

  • (Helen Mirren) "We could go downstream to Haddy's."
  • (Harrison Ford) "No, dead things go down stream mother, life is upstream."

Harrison Ford as Allie Fox

  • (Harrison Ford) "Look at this place, these are poor people. Look at what they own. Look at what they eat, they don't have meat, but they have asparagus that they cut."
  • (Jadrien Steele) "I don't think we should be here."
  • (Harrison Ford) "They welcome visitors, son. It's an old custom of theirs from the jungle. Be kind to strangers they say, you never know when you might be one yourself. That's the law of the jungle."
  • (River Phoenix) "But this isn't the jungle dad."
  • (Harrison Ford) "No? No, because no jungle is as murderous as this is. I would trade green trees for this room. It's pathetic. And it makes me mad, because they're going to end up being part of the problem."
  • (Harrison Ford) "It would take courage to go there."
  • (River Phoenix) "Go where?"
  • (Harrison Ford) "The jungle. Not ordinary gumption, but 4 o'clock in the morning courage."
  • (Harrison Ford) "I wonder who's got that?"
  • (Harrison Ford) "Double-digit inflation and a two-dollar loaf of bread."
  • (Harrison Ford) "Nature is crooked. I wanted right angles, straight lines. You cut yourself opening a can of tuna and you die. We still going up-river mother?"
  • (Helen Mirren) "Yes darling."
  • (River Phoenix) "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 any more. And the world seemed limitless."
  • (Harrison Ford) "The people in New York live on pet food and they'll kill you for a quarter. You don't dare take a walk for fear of someone sticking a knife in your ribs. Think about it. If you stay home, they come in through the windows. Ten year old homicidal maniacs on every street corner. They go to school. Hah. They go to school."
  • (Harrison Ford) "Ice is civilization."
  • (Harrison Ford) "Strictly speaking, there's no such thing as invention, you know. It's only magnifying what already exists."
  • (Harrison Ford) "If it's on a map, I can't use it --"
  • (Harrison Ford) "Right now Francis, someone in America is pushing an electric squeezer down a garbage disposal and saying it's busted. Somebody else is opening a can of chocolate-flavored soup 'cause the car wouldn't start, to eat out; they really wanted a cheeseburger."
  • (Harrison Ford) "It's an absolute sin to accept the decadence of obsolescence. Why do things get worse and worse? They don't have to. They could get better and better. We accept that things fall apart."
  • (Harrison Ford) "We eat when we're not hungry, drink when we're not thirsty. We buy what we don't need and throw away everything that's useful. Why sell a man what he wants? Sell him what he doesn't need. Pretend he's got eight legs and two stomachs and money to burn. It's wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong."
  • (Harrison Ford) "What're you looking at? This is the first time, since creation, that ice has ever melted here."
  • (Harrison Ford) "Everything we need is here. Right here. We can live simply: gardening, beach combing. I'm a changed man, mother. No more chemicals or poisons. If what you want isn't washed up on this beach, you probably don't need it."

River Phoenix as Charlie

  • (River Phoenix) "My father often talked of things being revealed; that was true invention, he said. Revealing something's use, and magnifying it; discovering its imperfections, improving it, and putting it to work for you. God had left the world incomplete, he said, and it was man's job to understand how it worked, to tinker with it, and to finish it. I think that was why he hated missionaries so much; because they taught people to put up with their earthly burdens. For father, there were no burdens that couldn't be fitted with a set of wheels, or rudders, or a system of pulleys."
  • (River Phoenix) "Father was fond of saying that, in the end Robinson Crusoe went back home, but we were staying."
  • (River Phoenix) "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 anymore. And the world seemed limitless."
  • (River Phoenix) "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 grew up with the belief that the world belonged to him, and that everything he said was true."
  • (Harrison Ford) "Look around ya, how did America get this way? Land of promise, land of opportunity. Give us the wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Have a Coke. Watch TV."
  • (River Phoenix) "Have a nice day."
  • (Harrison Ford) "Go on welfare. Get free money. Turn to crime; crime pays in this country."
  • (Harrison Ford) "Why do they put up with it? Why do they keep coming? Look around you Charlie, this place is a toilet."

Martha Plimpton as Emily Spellgood

  • (Martha Plimpton) "I think about you when I go to the bathroom."

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