Black Robe (1991)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  4 October 1991 (USA)
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A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chomina's Wife
Billy Two Rivers ...
Lawrence Bayne ...
Harrison Liu ...
Wesley Côté ...
Frank Wilson ...
Father Jerome
François Tassé ...
Jean Brousseau ...
Yvan Labelle ...
Kiotseaton (as Raoul Trujillo)
James Bobbish ...


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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Robe - Am Fluß der Irokesen  »

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Box Office


$8,211,952 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Post production [was] carried out in Sydney, Australia" according to the film's closing credits. The picture was a Canadian-Australian co-production with filming conducted in both France and Canada. See more »


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 »


[watching LaForgue give the last rites to a dying baby]
Mestigoit: Watch this, he is going to cast a spell.
Father Laforgue: Oh God of mercy, please bless this innocent child...
Chomina: No. He is talking to his God.
Father Laforgue: [making the sign of the cross] ... in nomini patri et fili et spiritu sancti...
Ougebmat: See that sign? That's how they steal our spirit.
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Referenced in The Lonely Passion of Brian Moore (1986) See more »

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Wonderful, Soul-shaking
13 June 1999 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

When averaging, extreme scores skew the result. So I wonder at the motives of those who voted "1" for this film. Sabotage?

"Black Robe" invites comparison with "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," another masterpiece. Two great directors project their vision of two different men who do something we in this "civilized" culture can hardly imagine: plunge into a vast, unknown, alien world. And ultimately into oblivion.

The motivation, the source of courage, is faith, on one hand, and hubris on the other. Watch both examples. Though we can easily discern the noble from the base, we experience equally powerful stories. Here is a chance to see juxtaposed two profoundly different outlooks subjected to a common ordeal. What a wonderful, terrifying, soul-shaking thing to witness!

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