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

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Bercelio Moya ...
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Alejandrino Moya ...
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Daniel Berrigan ...
Sebastian
Rolf Gray ...
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Álvaro Guerrero ...
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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 Portuguese aggressors. Written by mattbballman17

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31 October 1986 (USA)  »

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La misión  »

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$24,500,000 (estimated)

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$17,218,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The character of Father Gabriel played by Jeremy Irons was loosely based on Jesuit and Paraguayan Saint Roque González de Santa Cruz. See more »

Goofs

As the woman is painting the right side of Rodrigo's chest, she completes an arc to his upper abdomen. The scene cuts, and she is just starting the painting on his upper right chest. See more »

Quotes

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Altamirano: Your Holiness, the little matter that brought me here to the furthest edge of your light on Earth is now settled. The Indians are once more free to be enslaved by the Spanish and Portuguese settlers. I don't think that's hitting the right note. Begin again... Your Holiness, I write to you in this year of Our Lord 1758 from the southern continent of the Americas, from the town of Asunción, in the Province of La Plata, two weeks march from the great mission of San Miguel. These ...
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Crazy Credits

At the film's very end, after the final credits, Altimarano gives the audience an ambiguous, almost accusing look, as if he were asking it, "Would you or would you not have done this?" See more »

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Gabriel's Oboe
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23 April 1999 | by (Acton, MA) – See all my reviews

Rarely does a film have all the elements in film making all come together so perfectly. I can honestly say that this is THE BEST film I have ever seen, and the most powerful film I have seen. I always said that some films are 'one' of the best, but I can truly say that this is THE Best film I have seen. The cinematography is excellent, excellent casts, and an awesome score. I kept the tape playing during the credits just to listen to the music. If you haven't seen this, you better see it, it is unforgettable and will remain with you forever.


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