Up 1,590 this week

At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  6 December 1991 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 2,546 users  
Reviews: 48 user | 9 critic

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 »



(based on the novel by), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 15 Oct 2011
a list of 24 titles
created 22 Dec 2011
a list of 1769 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
a list of 1617 titles
created 22 Feb 2013
a list of 114 titles
created 17 Nov 2013

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)

At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of At Play in the Fields of the Lord.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pixote (1981)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a trans individual, is found guilty of immoral behavior and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape ... See full summary »

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Directors: Ann Guedes, Eduardo Guedes
Stars: Tom Waits, Damon Lowry, Charlotte Coleman
Summer Lovers (1982)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands.

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Peter Gallagher, Daryl Hannah, Valérie Quennessen
Ironweed (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A schizophrenic drifter spends Halloween in his home town after returning there for the first time in decades.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A non-glamorous portrayal of the lives of people who make their living at a strip club.

Director: Michael Radford
Stars: Charlotte Ayanna, Daryl Hannah, Kristin Bauer van Straten
Agnes of God (1985)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a naive novice nun is discovered with a dead newborn in her convent quarters, a court-appointed psychiatrist investigates her case.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly
Personal Best (1982)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory.

Director: Robert Towne
Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly
Foolish Heart (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Juán returns to his native Buenos Aires after 20 years to visit his dying father. He tries to find Ana, his old flame of the past.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Maria Luísa Mendonça, Walter Quiroz
Lucio Flavio (1977)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

History of a famous Brazilian bandit of the early seventies.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Reginaldo Faria, Ana Maria Magalhães, Milton Gonçalves
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the 1940s, in São Paulo, bohemian guy engages in a love affair with two daughters of a friend of his mother's, but ends up marrying uncongenial woman, with whom he quarrels all the time.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Paulo José, Marília Pêra, Vick Militello


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






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)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Laura Dern had been cast as Andy Huben but pulled out due to having to swim in a parasite-filled river as part of the role. Daryl Hannah replaced her. See more »


Lewis Moon: The Lord made Indians the way they are. Who are you people to make them different?
See more »


Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »


Halfway to Heaven
Written by Nicky Holland, Hal David, Franne Golde
Performed by Céline Dion
Courtesy of Epic Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Quality cast (and performance), convincing storytelling
3 September 2004 | by (Nootdorp, Holland) – See all my reviews

I fell into this movie, broadcast by Belgian 2, in the scene where the evangelists travel up the river. The cast immediately caught the attention: what are all these actors, who usually don't play adventure type characters, doing in the Amazon?! Then Berenger is shown in a kind of nudity I thought US/Hollywood culture forbade. This absence of hypocrisy combined with quality actors made me sit straight. I had already missed a lot, but there was plenty of great and convincing story telling left. People struggle, try over and over to keep on going when things go wrong. Cultures try to interact but fail in different ways. Several of the main characters die of unexpected but reasonable events. And everything is so well set, framed and timed that it keeps watchable. The scene where Bates, dressed as a native exorcist, dances on her grief over a horrible loss was beautiful. There's MAYBE one scene just a bit artificial, where Hannah has pulled up a leg to hide some of her nudity for The Camera: it contrasts with her subsequent confrontation with Moon where she doesn't show any embarrassment.

The supporting acting by natives (mostly people who had only just adapted 'civilization' and who could still remember village life) is surprisingly good. The native language that was created sounds really well, not like any language I've ever heard, and it is spoken consistently as far as I can hear. The final shot is impressive, and the accompanying music sublimely subtle. I really must see the first 30 minutes some time!

18 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The use of 'unusual' nudity jackarney
Vote for a DVD release Doubravka
On DVD? Same topic, new question jayes
Excellent movie zeslain_1
When on DVD? baraka01
It's showing on Sundance Channel in the USA sven-netpimp
Discuss At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: