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)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally
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.
Robert De Niro
Release Date: 31 October 1986
Filming Locations: Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $40,366
(31 October 1986)
Did You Know?
Watch until after the credits for a final clip of the Cardinal.
When Gabriel slips on the rocks near the beginning, climbing shoes are briefly visible before we once again see Gabriel climbing barefoot.
Father, he's done this penance long enough, and well, the other brothers think the same.
But he doesn't think so, John. Until he does, neither do I.
Words alone are not enough……
I have read the other comments and am stunned by people who view The
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
deeply about a film. I don't have any idea where to begin checking off
pro's: cinematography? stupendous acting? heart-breaking subject matter?
moving soundtrack? I don't think it's possible to do that with The
– 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
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
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
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