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Black Robe (1991)

A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.

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Daniel
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Chomina's Wife
Billy Two Rivers ...
Ougebmat
Lawrence Bayne ...
Neehatin
Harrison Liu ...
Awondoie
Wesley Côté ...
Oujita
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Father Jerome
François Tassé ...
Jean Brousseau ...
Yvan Labelle ...
Mestigoit
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Kiotseaton (as Raoul Trujillo)
James Bobbish ...
Ondesson
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In the 17th century a Jesuit priest and a young companion are escorted through the wilderness of Quebec by Algonquin Indians to find a distant mission in the dead of winter. The Jesuit experiences a spiritual journey while his young companion falls in love with the Algonquin chief's beautiful daughter underneath the imposing and magnificent mountains. Dread and death follows them upriver. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Rated R for areas of strong violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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4 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Black Robe - Am Fluß der Irokesen  »

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$8,211,952 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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The closing credits declare that the picture was "filmed on location in the Lac St Jean [Lac Saint-Jean] / Saguenay Region, Québec [in Canada] and Rouén [in Seine-Maritime], France". See more »

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Fr. Laforgue is seen baptizing with saliva. Saliva is not valid matter for baptism and no 17th century Jesuit, who knew their theology very well, would have baptized with saliva. He could have melted the snow to obtain some water. See more »

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Montagnais: [indicates Laforgue and Daniel] They have hairy faces like dogs. Who are they?
Chomina: They are French.
Father Laforgue: We have come to help you! We have been sent by our God, who is the God of us all!
Montagnais: He can't speak properly.
Chomina: They have their own tongue. It is like birds singing.
Montagnais: Are they intelligent?
Ougebmat: No.
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Amazing
29 July 1999 | by (Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm a history student of second grade of a french canadian university. So, in a history point of view, I can assure you that this movie is simply amazing. The story is about a jesuite priest who wants to bring catholic faith to the Indians of the french colony Nouvelle-France (New France, the future Quebec of Canada) in the seventeen century. In fact, there was a lot of jesuite doing that by that time. The priest and his young translator ask the Algonquins natives to guide them to the Hurons natives. That is also exactly correct! But in their quest,they had some problems with the Iroquois natives. And that is exactly right! At the end, the priest reach the Hurons. The chief of the tribe tells that if they accept the god of the priest, they will become weak and their ennemies will kill them. And that's what's gonna happen! In fact, the Hurons were the first Indians of New France to accept catholic religion. I saw the movie with the french dubbing. The Indians of that time didn't knew how to prononce R. So, in the movie, they say : obe noie, instead of Robe Noire (Black Robe). I don't know if they said black obe in the English version. In one scence, the priest tells the Indian sorcerer that he is reading a breviaire (book of prayers). And the sorcerer said: beviaire, witout the R. The way the natives are dressed and wears their hairs is also very exact in an historical view. This is not only a great movie, but an amazing reconstitution. Natives actors are great, with August Schlleberg, the always good Tantoo Cardinal and the charming young Sandrine Holt. Lothaire Blutheau is one of the best french canadian actor (see him in Jesus of Montreal). This is absolutely a superb piece of work ! And some kind of perfect history book.


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