THE MEDICINE MAN
DIRECTOR:            JOHN McTIERNAN
AMERICAN/ENGLISH  1991   
CAST:                     SEAN CONNERY (who also co-produced it), Lorraine Bracco.
MUSIC:                  The ever present Jerry Goldsmith.
STORY:                  Tom Schulman.
SCREENPLAY:      Tom Schulman and Sally Robinson.
ONE WORD:         THE AMAZON


As a general rule, and it comes from the fact that I am part Brazilian and thus have a special feeling for that land, I don't care for very many endeavors in film making into my favorite jungle. There were two famous movies in the fifties and sixties, which were done in the Amazon, and today that place, is a tourist spot.

Nice way to destroy the earth's habitats and one of the world's richest and prettiest places.

There are a few good movies on the subject, and maybe we need 500 more to make 50 billion dollars to buy off all the land and take it off the hands of the mercenary business people and poachers, and thus preserve the life of our planet. Unfortunately one well meaning film, does not scratch the surface.

This is a good film, however. Sean Connery, who was one of the people who placed his money on the production, is an isolated scientist who has discovered a cure for cancer, and a few other diseases, through his investigative style of medicine, which is similar to the styles of the real medicine men of the local tribes. They use the plants, and roots found in the jungle and make their potions to do whatever job is necessary. Lorraine Bracco is the assistant that has come from America with the needed support equipment to take the development of the new discovery another step. However, there is a major problem. The poachers and people who are tearing down the forest are getting ever closer to their spot, and they are tearing down trees very fast, and burning the bush along the way. This forces a relocation of the whole village, and the start up of another lab, since this one was totally destroyed by one of the fires.

It is a sad film, in that it makes a statement about men's greed for money and land, disregarding the very source of his survival. The potential discovery of the solution to a disease of global proportions could very well provide the poachers, and the destroyers of god's kingdoms, with much more money than they will ever see. however, they live for now, and have no desire or patience with anything on their path. The solution to a disease is in the way of their living, regardless of how the villagers feel.

The best moments in the film, are those of the local Indians making fun of the American girl's attitudes, and the doctor's reactions. The visuals and the beauty of the jungle can only be appreciated on a large screen.

With very nice music, and plenty of natural jungle sounds, the movie has a feeling of 'green-ery' that is awesome, and is played up to, every chance it gets.

It is a well written film, and well done by both Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco, and the local Indians, who appear to have enjoyed doing a film.

My question is, IS IT ENOUGH?

AND WILL THE DESTRUCTION STOP BEFORE THE CONTINENT BECOMES DRY, DUE TO THE LACK OF MOISTURE AND AIR, WHICH THE FOREST PROVIDES FOR ALL HUMANS? YOU DECIDE.

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