At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  6 December 1991 (USA)
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Martin and Hazel Quarrier are small-town fundamentalist missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. Their remote mission was previously run by the Catholics, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Quarrier
Stênio Garcia ...
Father Xantes
José Dumont ...
Commandante Guzman
Niilo Kivirinta ...
Billy Quarrier
S. Yriwana Karaja ...
Jose Renato Lana ...
Ruy Polanah ...
Carlos Xavante ...
Ione Machado ...


Martin and Hazel Quarrier are small-town fundamentalist missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. Their remote mission was previously run by the Catholics, before the natives murdered them all. They are sent by the pompous Leslie Huben, who runs the missionary effort in the area but who seems more concerned about competing with his Catholic 'rivals' than in the Indians themselves. Hazel is terrified of the Indians while Martin is fascinated. Soon American pilot Lewis Moon joins the Indian tribe but is attracted by Leslie's young wife, Andy. Can the interaction of these characters and cultures, and the advancing bulldozers of civilization, avoid disaster? Written by Reid Gagle

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An adventure beyond the limits of civilization, faith and passion.


Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jugando en los campos del Señor  »

Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)


$1,342,903 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Producer Saul Zaentz first tried to make this film in 1965, only to find that MGM owned the rights. He kept trying to buy them every time there was an administrative change at MGM up until 1989 when new studio heads Jay Kanter and Alan Ladd Jr decided that MGM would not be making the film. Zaentz still had to pay $1.4 million for the rights. See more »


Martin Quarrier: The next time you strike an Indian for any reason whatsoever, it is you who is going to be sent away. They are different from us, they don't understand! And besides that, it could be very dangerous for us all.
Hazel Quarrier: Do you want Billy seeing their filthy tricks?
Martin Quarrier: It will not seem filthy to him unless we make it so. Honey, it is very natural.
Hazel Quarrier: Natural? And if one of those nasty little savages puts a hand on him?
Martin Quarrier: Then he might enjoy it.
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Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »


Just an Echo in the Valley
Music by Harry M. Woods
Lyrics by Reginald Connelly
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Highly underrated
4 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Directed by Academy Award nominated Argentinian-Brazilian writer-director Hector Babenco and co-written by a longtime Luis Buñuel collaborator Jean Claude Carriere this is a breathtakingly beautiful, masterfully directed film, that features a story of two protestant missionary couples from a small town in U.S. that come to Amazonia with an intent to preach to the wild Indians of the area and an American pilot, wonderfully played by Tom Berenger, who feels atracted to the way of life of the Indians and joins and lives with them. Following the life of it´s protagonists in Amazonian forest, the film explores many subjects, such as: religious fanaticism and intolerance, ecology, destructive external influence on an unique Indian culture and, of cause, lust and greed. It´s slowly paced and has a duration of over 3 hours but it never became boring, at least for me. I was surprised to find that this film has an average rating of only 6.3 here on IMDB. It certainly deserves much more. 8/10

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