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The Emerald Forest

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The Emerald Forest
Emerald Forest Poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by John Boorman
Release Date 1985
Language English
Studio Christel Films
Embassy Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Bill Markham Powers Boothe
Jean Markham Meg Foster
Tommy Markham/Tomme Charley Boorman
Chief Wanadi Rui Polanah
Kachiri Dira Paes
Uwe Werner Eduardo Conde
Chief Jacareh Claudio Moreno

The Emerald Forest is a 1985 British adventure drama directed by John Boorman (Zardoz, Beyond Rangoon). Bill Markham (Powers Boothe) is an engineer who works on the construction of a dam in the Brazilian rainforest. When Bill takes his family to the construction site, his young son Tommy is lost in the jungle. Bill finds out that Tommy was abducted by one of the local tribes, but only after ten years of unsuccessful searching does he have a chance to meet his son, who has become the adopted son of the chief of the Invisible People tribe.

Note: while the movie was filmed in Brazil, the weapons were provided by British armorer Bapty & Co.

The following weapons were used in the film The Emerald Forest:


Browning Hi-Power

When Bill Markham (Powers Boothe) comes to a brothel in an attempt to rescue some women of the Invisible People tribe, the owner's henchman disarms him of his Browning Hi-Power.

Browning Hi-Power "Type 73" - 9x19mm
The henchman takes Bill's pistol.

Ruger Speed Six

The brothel owner's henchman uses a Ruger Speed Six revolver during the rescue of the slave women.

Ruger Speed Six with blued finish and 2.75-inch barrel .357 Magnum
The henchman aims.
Trying to kill an escaping woman.

Smith & Wesson Model 27

What appear to be a Smith & Wesson Model 27 is seen in hands of a local man when Tommy tries to sneak into the town.

Smith & Wesson Model 27 with Patridge Sights - .357 Magnum. Note again the high gloss and checkering on the top strap on the frame and barrel.
The local man fires at Tommy's canoe. The gap between the cylinder and the frame matches a .357 revolver rather than a .44 Model 29.

M1911-style pistol

One of the brothel guards carries a briefly seen M1911-style pistol.

The henchman carries the pistol tucked in his belt.


Remington 870 Police Folder

Bill Markham (Powers Boothe) disarms one of brothel guards and uses his Remington 870 Police Folder.

Remington 870 Police Folder with extended magazine tube - stock extended - 12 gauge
Bill fires at the bartender who tries to draw a nondescript handgun.
Another view of the shotgun.
Bill appears just in time to repel the attack of the Fierce People.

Single Barreled Shotgun

During the rescue of the slave women, Carlos (Gracindo Júnior) and Rico (Arthur Muhlenberg) are armed with Single Barreled Shotguns. Single barreled shotguns are also used by Fierce People warriors.

Savage Model 220B - 20 gauge
Rico loads his shotgun in the background.
Rico fires his shotgun.
Paulo (at the left) with a double barreled shotgun and Carlos (at the right) with a single barreled shotgun.
Paulo and Carlos fire their shotguns.
Carlos holds his shotgun.

Double Barreled Shotgun

In the same scene Paulo (Chico Terto) is armed with a Double Barreled Shotgun.

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 gauge
Paulo (at the left) with a double barreled shotgun and Carlos (at the right) a with single barreled shotgun.
Paulo and Carlos fire their shotguns.

Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun"

A Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" is seen in the hands of a henchman.

Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" - 12 gauge
The henchman at the center holds his shotgun.


Lee-Enfield Sporterized Rifle

In one scene, a native hunter carries a sporterized Lee-Enfield rifle.

Enfield 303 Sporter - .303 British
The hunter carries his rifle. The Lee-Enfield magazine is seen.
A view of the barrel and forend of the stock.
Another view of the rifle.

Bolt action hunting rifle

Bolt action hunting rifles are briefly seen in several scenes.

A brothel guard is killed by an arrow when he tries to fire his rifle. This rifle is possibly the same Lee-Enfield seen above, but it's hard to say for sure.
A Fierce People warrior in the center fires a rifle, traded for slave women.

Assault Rifles


Bill Markham (Powers Boothe) uses the CAR-15 carbine during the confrontation with Fierce People tribe. Later it falls into the hands of Chief Jacareh (Claudio Moreno). The carbine perfectly matches an XM177E1 and fires full auto, so it's possibly an original version rather than a mocked up commercial Colt Carbine.

Colt Model 609 aka U.S. Army's XM177E1- 5.56x45mm. This Carbine utilized the partial magazine fence, the tear drop forward assist, but kept the 10" barrel and Flash hider/Suppressor that did not have a grenade ring (a later feature on the E2 model).
A closeup of CAR-15.
Bill fires at Fierce People warriors.
Bill holds his rifle while crossing the river.
Bill, wounded in the hand, has to fire single-handedly.
Chief Jacareh trades with brothel owner ammo for his "thunder stick" in exchange for young women.
Sometimes a bow and arrows overcome modern guns.


Rico (Arthur Muhlenberg) captures an AKS-47 from the brothel guards. The AK is seen in hands of Bill Markham (Powers Boothe).

Type I AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
The AKS-47 is seen in hands of Rico in the background during the battle against the Fierce People.
Bill holds the AKS.

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