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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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Martin Quarrier
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Wolf
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Stênio Garcia ...
Boronai
Nelson Xavier ...
Father Xantes
José Dumont ...
Commandante Guzman
Niilo Kivirinta ...
Billy Quarrier
S. Yriwana Karaja ...
Aeore
Jose Renato Lana ...
Ruy Polanah ...
Carlos Xavante ...
Tukanu
Ione Machado ...
Pindi
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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, 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.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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6 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jugando en los campos del Señor  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,342,903 (USA)
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James Cameron has acknowledged that the film was a thematic influence for Avatar (2009). See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Halfway to Heaven
Written by Nicky Holland, Hal David, Franne Golde
Performed by Céline Dion
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8/10: This under-rated film should have had a better publicity machine.
19 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

I'm watching it for the third time on TV. I'm glad there are no commercials [with a film of this length it helps to have no interruptions; the narrative is also much easier to follow].

It's true that it is not a feel-good movie; but it is profound, illuminating, and with humorous moments. It seems immensely true to human nature in the ways I know it--interpersonal, native & religious. Some characters are a bit too stereotyped, but how long would the movie be if they were drawn more slowly?

A comparison: I couldn't watch the movie "The Mission" three times. To me that seemed only painful.

The only nudity I had a problem with was Daryl Hannah's--it seemed a bit gratuitous.

Great acting in many quarters. The Indians were superb. I liked Tom Berenger better than in any other of his movies. I liked the use of the setting, the camera work, the editing, the soundtrack...

I want the DVD!






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