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The Mission (1986)

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

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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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Deep in the jungles of South America two men bring civilization to a native tribe. Now, after years of struggle together, they find themselves on opposite sides in a dramatic fight for the natives' independence. One will trust in the power of prayer. One will believe in the might of the sword.


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31 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La misión  »

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Budget:

$24,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,366 (USA) (31 October 1986)

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$17,218,023 (USA)
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Trivia

The majority of the crew became ill with amoebic dysentery. Robert De Niro was one of the few who did not catch the illness. See more »

Goofs

The cut glass decanter depicted when Cardinal Altamirano visits the missions is a Regency or Victorian style not produced until after the early 1800s. 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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Referenced in Me casé con un boludo (2016) See more »

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Gabriel's Oboe
Composed by Ennio Morricone
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Film at its best
17 April 1999 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

There are many great movies but The Mission is in a class of its own. It belongs to a select group of films which are able to penetrate our lives and change us forever. The powerful themes of forgiveness, love, innocence, guilt, freedom, and human nature are presented against a backdrop of incredible scenery and Morricone's now legendary score. At first glance The Mission is a story about a political struggle. Upon closer examination it is no less than divine revelation about the nature of the human heart.


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