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The Mission (1986)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  31 October 1986 (USA)
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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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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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La misión  »

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$24,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$17,218,000 (USA)
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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety, the "pic was lensed over a 16-week period largely in Colombia and (for three weeks) at the Iguazu falls" both located in South America. See more »

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In the scene in which the young Guarani boy sings heavenly, but Cabeza calls him an animal nonetheless, Father Gabriel gives a speech in the boy's defense. The gathering's reaction is first observed, but as the image briefly cuts to Gabriel, it is visible that his lips do not move, even though he is not through with his speech yet. See more »

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[first lines]
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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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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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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