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HELEN MIRREN (right) and HARRISON FORD (left) star in the new adventure drama, "The Mosquito Coast," a Warner Bros. release.
ANDRE GREGORY plays the Rev. Spellgood, the Christian missionary who has sharp theological arguments with non-believer Allie Fox. Gregory is the writer/director/actor who came into prominence in the title role of Louis Malle's film "My Dinner With Andre," which he wrote with co-star Wallace Shawn. In addition to his impressive body of stage work, Gregory has appeared in Arthur Hiller's "Author! Author!" (1982) and Herbert Ross' "Protocol" (1984).
MARTHA PLIMPTON is cast as Emily Spellgood, the less than pious daughter of the Rev. Spellgood, who has an eye for young Charlie Fox. Plimpton is best known for her appearance as a precocious tomboy in a provocative and widely-shown Calvin Klein jeans commercial. She also starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in Tom Rickman's "The River Rat" (1984) and appeared in Steven Spielberg's production of "The Goonies" (1985).
DICK O'NEILL portrays Tiny Polski, the blustering Massachusetts farm owner who employs Allie Fox and whose capitalistic ways propel Allie and his family into leaving America for the Mosquito Coast. A veteran character actor, O'Neill current plays the role of Sharon Gless' father in the award-winning television series "Cagney & Lacey." His feature film credits range from comedies such as "The Jerk" and "The Front Page," to dramas such as "MacArthur," "Wolfen" and "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3." On Broadway he performed in the musicals "Promises, Promises," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and "Skyscraper."
JADRIEN STEELE (Jerry Fox) had a continuing role on the TV soap opera "Ryan's Hope" from the time he was five-months-old until he was ten. "I played Little John, son of Frank-who-was-married-to-Delia-and-then-got-divorced," Steele remembers. While continuing with "Ryan's Hope," Steele was cast in a major role in the hit Broadway musical "Nine." Also a singer, Steele made a record, "Grandma, We Love You," which became popular in England.
MICHAEL ROGERS plays Francis Lungley, a native man who befriends Allie and his family. Born in Trinidad, Rogers had just received his MFA from Yale School of Drama when he was cast in "The Mosquito Coast." "It's ironic," says Rogers, "that after three years of playing the classics and working hard on general American speech, the first major job I get is playing a Caribbean! But I felt it was important for me to play Lungley, because I knew I could make him more than just a smiling native, having known that terrain." Before Yale, Rogers worked as an actor and director with the Everyman Company in Brooklyn and spent five years in Harlem teaching acting and playwriting.
Eight-year-old twins HILARY and REBECCA GORDON (April and Clover Fox) have been modeling since they were four. They have often been seen in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, Family Circle and Redbook. "The Mosquito Coast" marks their acting debut.
BUTTERFLY McQUEEN, unforgettable as Prissy, Scarlett O'Hara's maid in "Gone With The Wind," joins the cast of "The Mosquito Coast" as Ma Kennywick, a dotty old lady living with a family on the Foxes' land. A sampling of her film credits includes Vincente Minnelli's "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), John Cromwell's "Since You Went Away" (1944), Michael Curtiz's "Mildred Pierce" (1945), and King Vidor's "Duel in the Sun" (1947), among many, many others.