Tommy Markham, the young son of American engineer working on a dam project on the edge of the Brazilian Rain Forest, is abducted and adopted by a primitive tribe. The father, Bill Markham, spends the next ten years searching in vain for the kidnapped boy. Ultimately Markham is captured by a cannibal tribe and ironically rescued by “Tomme,” who only has dim memories of his biological father. Although Bill wants desperately to have his son accompany him back to civilization, “Tomme’s” loyalties now belong to “The Invisible People.” —imdb
Boorman was born in Shepperton, Surrey, England, the son of Ivy (née Chapman) and George Boorman. He was educated at the Salesian School in Chertsey, Surrey, even though his family was not Roman Catholic.
Boorman first began by working as a drycleaner and journalist in the late 1950s and then he moved into TV documentary filmmaking, eventually becoming the head of the BBC’s Bristol-based Documentary Unit in 1962.
Capturing the interest of producer David Deutsch, he was offered the chance to direct a film aimed at repeating the success of A Hard Day’s Night (directed by Richard Lester in 1964): Catch Us If You Can (1965) is about competing pop group Dave Clark Five. While not as successful commercially as Lester’s film, it smoothed Boorman’s way into the film industry. Boorman was drawn to Hollywood for the opportunity to make larger-scale cinema and in Point Blank (1967), a powerful interpretation of a Richard Stark novel, brought a stranger’s vision… read more
My feelings of white guilt have generally come from the embarrassment of witnessing amiable idiots patronise a perceived Other into absurdity. It's nice to come across a film that treats persons of pre-Columbian culture as human beings rather than like some kind of endangered Aves. The plot does not always flow smoothly, but this is still a very enjoyable work, alternately rivetingly relaxing and relaxingly riveting.
There was this quiet and more cohesive film from John Boorman long before the mediocre pastiche and box office sensation of "Avatar". Adventure and drama set in the amazonia, following the lines of Ford's "The Searchers" but adding an ecological denounce that does not fall in preachment, but remains powerful. Cinematography is breathtaking.