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The Mission

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Plot

18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 7.4/10 (24,738 voted)

Director:
Roland Joffé

Stars: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally

Storyline
Jeremy Irons plays a Spanish Jesuit who goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region. Robert DeNiro plays a slave hunter who is converted and joins Irons in his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portugese aggressors.

Cast:

Robert De Niro

Rodrigo Mendoza


Jeremy Irons

Father Gabriel


Ray McAnally

Altamirano


Aidan Quinn

Felipe Mendoza


Cherie Lunghi

Carlotta


Ronald Pickup

Hontar


Chuck Low

Cabeza


Liam Neeson

Fielding


Bercelio Moya

Indian Boy


Sigifredo Ismare

Witch Doctor


Asuncion Ontiveros

Indian Chief


Alejandrino Moya

Chief's Lieutenant


Daniel Berrigan

Sebastian


Rolf Gray

Young Jesuit


Álvaro Guerrero

Jesuit

Release Date: 31 October 1986

Filming Locations: Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia



Box Office Details

Budget: $24,500,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $40,366
(USA)
(31 October 1986)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $17,218,023
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Watch until after the credits for a final clip of the Cardinal.

Goofs:

Continuity:
When Gabriel slips on the rocks near the beginning, climbing shoes are briefly visible before we once again see Gabriel climbing barefoot.

Quotes:

Fielding:
Father, he's done this penance long enough, and well, the other brothers think the same.

Gabriel:
But he doesn't think so, John. Until he does, neither do I.



User Review

Words alone are not enough……

Rating: 10/10

I have read the other comments and am stunned by people who view The
Mission
in a negative light. It feels as though you are attacking a loved one –
perhaps because this movie IS a loved one to me. Never, ever have I felt
so
deeply about a film. I don't have any idea where to begin checking off
the
pro's: cinematography? stupendous acting? heart-breaking subject matter?
moving soundtrack? I don't think it's possible to do that with The
Mission
– one needs to absorb it as a whole. An entire masterpiece.

I was one of the fortunate ones to see this movie in a theatre back in the
80's – we were visiting friends in another city and, for lack of anything
better to do that evening, decided to see this film. To say I was moved
would be such an understatement as to be ridiculous. It is the saddest
commentary on what horrors have been perpetrated in the name of
God….

I have seen this movie several times since then and own it now but I am
always very careful whom I see it with and when I see it. You need to
have
a block of time set aside when you can completely immerse yourself in this
film. Unplug the phone, put the kids to bed, make sure the dog doesn't
have
to go out. If you don't pay attention – from the very beginning to right
after the credits – you will miss something important. Prepare yourself
emotionally for The Mission. Step into it, live it, let it speak to you.
Feel the struggle of all involved.

I love this movie. infinity out of 10