DVD 126 mins IMDB 7.3 (8,765 votes)
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The Mission
Warner Brothers (1986)
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Robert De Niro Rodrigo Mendoza
Jeremy Irons Father Gabriel
Ray McAnally Altamirano
Aidan Quinn Felipe
Cherie Lunghi Carlotta
Ronald Pickup Hontar
Chuck Low Cabeza
Liam Neeson Fielding
Bercelio Moya Indian Boy
Sigifredo Ismare Witch Doctor
Monirak Sisowath Ibaye
Asuncion Ontiveros Indian chief
Rev. Daniel Berrigan Sebastian
Alejandrino Moya Chief's Lieutenant
Daniel Berrigan Sebastian
Rolf Gray Young Jesuit
Álvaro Guerrero Jesuit

Director Roland Joffé; Roland Joffe
Producer Fernando Ghia; David Puttnam
Writer Robert Bolt
Cinematography Chris Menges
Musician Ennio Morricone
User Credit 1 Jim Clark
User Credit 2 Enrico Sabbatini

Featuring a majestic score by Ennio Morricone and lush Oscar-winning cinematography by Chris Menges, Roland Joffé's The Mission examines the events surrounding the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, when Spain ceded part of South America to Portugal, and turns this episode into an allegory for the mid-'80s struggles of Latin America. Two European forces are on hand to win the South American natives over to imperialist ways. The plunderers want to extract riches and slaves from the New World. The missionaries, on the other hand, want to convert the Indians to Christianity and win over their souls. Mendoza (Robert De Niro) is an exploiter dabbling in the slave trade. But after he kills his brother Felipe (Aidan Quinn) in a fit of rage, he seeks redemption and calls upon the missionaries to assist him. After repeatedly climbing a cliff with a heavy weight as penance, Mendoza finds redemption and becomes a devout missionary at a settlement run by Gabriel (Jeremy Irons). The missionaries want to promote a new society in which the natives will live together in peace with the Spanish and the Portuguese. But this concept frightens the royal governors, who would rather enslave the natives than encourage peaceful coexistence between the Europeans and the Indians. They order the mission to be burned to the ground. But this event causes a rift between Gabriel, who wants to pray and pursue peaceful resistance, and Mendoza, who wants to take up arms and fight the Europeans. — Paul Brenner

Edition Details
Barcode 085392349722
Region Region 1
Chapters 33
Release Date 2005
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Features
Disc 1: Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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Notes
Trivia: Many of the people who played the natives were actual native South Americans who spoke little English. They were given free reign to say whatever lines they wanted, and it is rumored that in a couple scenes they're actually cursing up a storm. (more)

Goofs: Factual errors: Indian characters don't speak Guarani - the language of the Paraguayan Indians - but Wawnana -- the language of the Colombian Indians who performed in the movie. (more)

Quotes:
Altamirano: Tell them they must leave the missions. They must submit to the will of God.
Gabriel: They say it was the will of God that they came out of the jungle and built the mission. They don't understand why God has changed his mind.
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Awards: Won Oscar. Another 12 wins & 21 nominations (more)