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The Mission -- 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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Director:
Writer:
Robert Bolt (original story & screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 October 1986 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 16 wins & 25 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Lush Visuals, Score & Fascinating Story All Rolled Into One See more (179 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... Rodrigo Mendoza

Jeremy Irons ... Father Gabriel

Ray McAnally ... Cardinal 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
Tony Lawn ... Father Provincial
Joe Daly ... Nobleman
Carlos Duplat ... Portuguese Commander
Rafael Camerano ... Spanish Commander
Monirak Sisowath ... Ibaye
Silvestre Chiripua ... Indian
Luis Carlos Gonzalez ... Boy Singer
Maria Teresa Ripoll ... Carlotta's Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Borja ... Priest (uncredited)
Jacques Des Grottes ... Priest (uncredited)
Enrique Lamas ... Nobleman (uncredited)

Fred Melamed ... Don Cabeza (voice) (uncredited)
Antonio Segovia ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Harlan Venner ... Secretary (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roland Joffé 
 
Writing credits
Robert Bolt (original story & screenplay)

Produced by
Fernando Ghia .... producer
David Puttnam .... producer
Iain Smith .... associate producer
Alejandro Azzano .... executive producer (uncredited)
Felipe López Caballero .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges 
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
 
Art Direction by
Norman Dorme (supervising art director)
John King 
George Richardson 
 
Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini 
 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Bakker .... wig maker
Elaine Bowerbank .... hair stylist
Sallie Evans .... makeup artist
Marina Forero .... assistant hair stylist: Colombia
Magdalen Gaffney .... makeup artist
Paula Gillespie .... key hair stylist
Anna Mercedes Goez .... assistant makeup artist: Colombia
María Mercedes Herrera .... assistant makeup artist: Colombia
Geraldine Jones .... hair stylist
Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist
Ken Lintott .... makeup artist
Tommie Manderson .... makeup supervisor
Wendy Rawson .... hair stylist
Flore Marina Sandoval .... assistant hair stylist: Colombia
 
Production Management
Máximo Berrondo .... production manager: Argentina unit
Barrie Melrose .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Salvatore Basile .... assistant director: Colombia (as Salvo Basile)
Claudia Gomez .... assistant director: Colombia
Uberto Pasolini .... third assistant director
Gerry Toomey .... second assistant director
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
Kevin Westley .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Michael Bacon .... property maker
Edgardo Benvenuto .... painter: Argentina
Frank Berlin .... supervising painter
Paul Bradburn .... dressing props
Darryl Carter .... stagehand
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Norman Carter .... carpenter
John Chisholm .... stand-by propman: Argentina
John Cook .... stagehand
Jorge Dager .... assistant construction manager: Colombia
Trevor Dyer .... carpenter
Luis de Feo .... sculptor: Argentina
Ian Giladjian .... production buyer
John Graham .... supervising chargehand
Brian Hamer .... painter
John Hedges .... carpenter
Michael Hedges .... assistant construction manager
Ron Herbert .... carpenter
Andrew Holder .... sculptor
Michael Howlett .... metal worker
Thomas Hughes .... painter
Brian Humphrey .... supervising chargehand
Gordon Izod .... plasterer
Derek Knowler .... property storeman
Ken Langridge .... stagehand
Joe Lear .... supervising plasterer
Carlo Maggi .... plasterer
Bernie Mayor .... carpenter
Peter Melrose .... scenic art director
Dave Midson .... stand-by props (as David Midson)
Richard Morrison .... graphic designer
Eric Nash .... plasterer
Cleo Nethersole .... drapes master
John Palmer .... stand-by props
Malcolm Roberts .... assistant construction manager
Mickey Spence .... supervising plasterer (as Michael Spence)
Jack Stephens .... set dresser
Ivano Todeschi .... painter
Peter Voysey .... sculptor
Terry Wells Jr. .... dressing props
Terry Wells .... property master
Vic Woods .... painter
María Helena Álvarez .... assistant property buyer: Colombia
Keith Smith .... stagehand (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Ackland .... sound editor (as Chris Ackland)
Allan Brereton .... boom operator
Martin Evans .... dialogue editor
Ian Fuller .... dubbing editor
Darryl Jordan .... assistant sound editor
Ray Merrin .... assistant dubbing mixer
Nick Moore .... assistant dialogue editor
Ric O'Connor .... assistant dubbing editor
Michael Parkinson .... assistant sound editor
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Trevor Rutherford .... sound maintenance
Hernando Tejada .... sound assistant: Columbia
Clive Winter .... sound mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Steve Crawley .... special effects wireman
Peter Fern .... special effects technician
Martin Gant .... special effects senior technician
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects supervisor
Peter Skehan .... special effects technician
Andrew Smith .... special effects technician
Marco Yepes .... special effects assistant: Columbia unit
 
Visual Effects by
Costas Charitou .... opticals: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Vic Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Jordi Casares .... stunts
Billy Horrigan .... stunts
Niamh McAnally .... stunt assistant
Bronco McLoughlin .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Felipe Aljure .... assistant camera: Colombia
David Appleby .... unit still photographer
John Barry .... electrician
Peter Bloor .... chief electrician
Paul Borg .... electrician
Luis Bowie .... rigger: Colombia
Tony Cridlin .... camera grip
John Field .... rigger
Bill Geddes .... camera grip
Jeremy Gee .... focus puller
Fred Harris .... camera grip
Jeffrey Khan .... rigger (as Jeff Kahn)
Eddie Knight .... best boy
Agapios Louka .... camera maintenance
Tom McDougal .... clapper loader
Billy Merrell .... electrician (as William Merrell)
Stewart Monteith .... electrician
Mark Moriarty .... clapper loader: second unit
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... focus puller: second unit (as Eamonn O'Keefe)
William Richards .... rigger (as Bill Richards)
Dave Ridout .... electrician (as David Ridout)
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Frank Sheeky .... electrician (as Frank Sheekey)
Dave Skinner .... rigger (as David Skinner)
Tom Taylor .... clapper loader
Robin Vidgeon .... director of photography: second unit
Jan Pester .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas Casterline .... wardrobe master
Silvana Cocuccione .... seamstress
Betty Heyman .... set costumer
Adriana Mattiozzi .... seamstress
Anna Orazi .... wardrobe mistress
Uliva Pizzetti .... assistant wardrobe
Angelica Placanica .... seamstress
Giovanni Viti .... wardrobe master
Giancarlo Colis .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Adam Masters .... cutting room trainee
Bryan Oates .... first assistant editor
Tony Tromp .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
David Bedford .... choral director
Dick Lewzey .... music mixer
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Maxwell Pryce .... musical director: Barnet Schools Choir
Geoffrey Shaw .... choral director
Edgar Avilan Caceres .... conductor of Indian choir: Colombia (uncredited)
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation manager
Carlos Fuentes .... transportation assistant: Colombia
Ham Khan .... transportation manager: Argentina
 
Other crew
Alicia Aghazarian .... production secretary: Argentina
Mo Anthoine .... climber
Bill Appleby .... caterer
Simon Atherton .... armorer
Pablo Azcona .... production assistant: Argentina
Alejandro Azzano .... production executive: Argentina
Diego Baracchini .... unit publicist: Argentina
Joe Brown .... supervising rock climber
Joan Bull .... nurse
Judi Bunn .... production coordinator
Nancu Burke .... assistant publicist: Colombia
Paul Caldicott .... catering supervisor
Vicenzo Cancellara .... chief dyer
Gonzalo Catalan .... production assistant: Argentina
Álvaro Pablo Cepeda .... Indian administrator: Colombia
Ricardo Cifuentes .... production assistant: Colombia
Gary Clark .... unit doctor (as Dr. Gary Clark)
Teresa Colman .... assistant to producer
Hazel Crombie .... location accountant
Evaldo Eleuteri .... production assistant: Argentina
José Luis Entín .... legal consultant: Argentina
Gonzalo Gainza .... unit physician: Argentina
Augusto Grassi .... shoe man
Brian Harris .... production accountant
David Herbert .... unit doctor (as Dr. David Herbert)
Lil Heyman .... unit runner (as Elizabeth Heyman)
Gilly Hodson .... publicist
Christine Hoy .... assistant accountant
Carolyn Jardine .... publicist
John Kay .... unit runner
Sylvia Keenan .... production secretary: Argentina
Alan Kingham .... second kitchen supervisor
Philip Kohler .... location unit manager
Jacqueline Lemaitre Basile .... production assistant: Colombia
Elvira de Lequerica .... production assistant: Colombia
Felipe López Caballero .... production executive: Colombia
Franco Martini .... production assistant: Argentina
Frank McGill .... chef
Hamish McInnes .... climber
Mario Mejía .... assistant catering supervisor: Colombia
Jorge Messutti .... financial consultant: Argentina
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Sylvie Nante .... assistant publicist: Argentina
Roberto Nardini .... fiberglass expert: Argentina
David Nichols .... location unit manager
Laura Obligado .... interpreter: Argentina
Jodie de Onis .... production assistant: Colombia
Rex Payton .... caterer
Pat Rambaut .... continuity
Liliana Ramírez .... accounting assistant: Argentina
María Ramírez .... interpreter: Argentina
Marta Riveira .... production assistant: Colombia
Claudia Ruiz .... production assistant: Colombia
John Sargent .... production accountant
Marija Sargent .... assistant accountant
Carl Schmidt .... armorer
Gerda Schmidt .... nurse: Argentina
Sheila Slate .... contact: London
Lucía Spragge .... production assistant: Colombia
Ann Tasker .... unit publicist (as Anne Tasker)
Judy Thomson .... unit runner
James Townshend .... machinist (as Jim Townshend)
Fernando Umana .... Indian administrator: Colombia
Peter Wallace .... acting coach: Indians
Kevin Warwick .... machinist
Pamela Wells .... location unit manager
David Williams .... supervising rigger (as David Williams)
Hugh O'Donnell .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Hector Babenco .... thanks
Tom Birmingham .... thanks
Jorge Blanco .... thanks
Alex Bright .... thanks
Philip Caraman .... thanks (as Philip Caraman S.J.)
Mary Costello .... thanks
Maria Cristina De Mejia .... thanks
Eduardo Fleming .... thanks
John Horton .... thanks
David Joy .... thanks
James Lee .... special thanks
Sanford Lieberson .... special thanks (as Sandy Lieberson)
Miguel Ángel Lumaldo .... thanks
Mario Mariani .... thanks
George Martin .... thanks
Maríaemma Mejía de Caballero .... thanks
Federico Mirre .... thanks
Brian Moser .... thanks
Doris Plummer .... thanks
Francisco Ramalho .... thanks
Bernabe Richter .... in memory of
John Robson .... thanks
Mrs. Nohemí Sanín Posada .... thanks
Clive Syddall .... thanks
Andrew Taie .... thanks
 
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Runtime:
125 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Many of the people who played the natives were actual native South Americans who spoke little English. They were given free reign to say whatever lines they wanted, and it is rumored that in a couple scenes they're actually cursing up a storm.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Indian characters don't speak Guarani - the language of the Paraguayan Indians - but Wawnana - the language of the Colombian Indians who performed in the movie.See more »
Quotes:
[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...
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Soundtrack:
Gabriel's OboeSee more »

FAQ

Why does Mendoza haul the armor in the netting?
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68 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Lush Visuals, Score & Fascinating Story All Rolled Into One, 23 June 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

The more I see this film the more I like it. First off, it has magnificent South American jungle scenery, filmed in an area that features multiple gorgeous falls. This is one of the prettiest films you will ever watch - guaranteed - and please see it on widescreen DVD. "The Mission" won the Oscar for Best Cinematography in 1986 and that award was well-deserved. There is just one stunning scene after another.

The story is very interesting, too: a supposed true-life account what happened back in the 1700s when a few dedicated priests tried to bring Christianity to the natives. It shows what occurred when a combination of the Catholic Church and the Portugese slave-traders and politicians attempted to put a halt to their missionary. This is a drama, not an "action film," but the movie has extended violent ending, and sometimes is shocking in that finale.

Jeremy Irons, as the dedicated Jesuit who heads the mission, and Robert De Niro in a surprise role as the killer slave-trader-turned-repentant priest are both excellent in their leading roles. It was interesting to see a young Liam Neeson, too.

To some, the story might be a bit slow I found it very involving. After several viewings, I began to fully appreciate to lush score by Ennio Morricone. This is simply one of the prettiest and classiest movies I've seen and it's highly recommended.

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