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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Two Rivers ...
Harrison Liu ...
Wesley Côté ...
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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Debut theatrical feature film acting credit of actor Aden Young. See more »


The French girl plays a recorder solo from 'Der Fluyten Lust-hof" published in 1644, while the film is set in 1634. See more »


Chomina: Tomorrow do not cry out.
Daniel: If we do cry out, will they stop (torturing us)?
Chomina: No, they will not stop. But if you cry out when you die, they will have your spirit.
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Referenced in On Location with 'The Irishman' (2006) See more »

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I was truly haunted by this film
30 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

I noted that this movie was being compared to Dances with Wolves and Last of the Mohicans,aside from the fact that they all three involved native Americans there is little comparison.Windwalker would be a better comparison. This movie is more about this character who is being driven by a fierce passion to save a people and culture he doesn't understand and doesn't want to. It's Man vs. Nature. God vs. Nature. It draws a far more fierce and savage picture of Native Americans than most films dare to in an effort to stay PC which sometimes means pretending a victim or minority is without fault. This character,this "Black Robe",is most certainly flawed, but his courage in the face of savagery is inspiring. Also the native Americans in this film seem far more human and less a Hollywood caricature of native Americans. I plead with every movie lover out there SEE THIS FILM. I felt I was truly transported back in time. So, if you are avoiding this film because you hated Dances with Wolves and fell asleep every time you tried to watch Last of the Mohicans, try this film instead.

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