4 user 3 critic

The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994)

The Burning Season (original title)
Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ... See full summary »



(novel), (story) | 3 more credits »
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Little known actor, Jack Noah, is working on location in the country of Parador at the time the dictator dies. The dictator's right hand man, Roberto, makes Jack an offer he cannot refuse..... See full summary »

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga
Down Came a Blackbird (TV Movie 1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Helen McNulty is a journalist struggling to regain control of her life a year after she was abducted and tortured in Central America. She goes to a clinic for survivors of torture, where ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Sanger
Stars: Raul Julia, Laura Dern, Vanessa Redgrave
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.

Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A gay and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Every year, deliberately lit fires rage across Indonesia. They destroy pristine rainforest, endanger orangutans and contribute to climate change. A young carbon trading entrepreneur goes in search of a solution.

Director: Cathy Henkel
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Lone Drøscher Nielsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Andersonville (TV Movie 1996)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of the most notorious Confederate prisoner of war camp in the American Civil War.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.

Director: Peter Greenaway
Stars: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren
Against the Wall (TV Movie 1994)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Samuel L. Jackson, Clarence Williams III
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Harry is a married writer who has an affair with a woman whose husband knows that she is unfaithful. As a result of his work, Harry has trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Alan Bates, Dominique Sanda, Michel Auclair
Action | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

David Raybourne is an American journalist covering political news in Italy during the 1970's. He is evolved with the Red Brigades when trying to help a friend (Alison King), who ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Sharon Stone, Valeria Golino
Romero (1989)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador.

Director: John Duigan
Stars: Raul Julia, Richard Jordan, Ana Alicia
Riviera (TV Movie 1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Patrick Bauchau, Elyssa Davalos, Daniel Emilfork


Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Sezero
Regina de Carvalho
Ilzamar (as Kamela Dawson)
Estate Boss
Steven Kaye
Darli Alves
Wilson Pinheiro
Jonathan Carrasco ...
José Pérez ...


Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ranch land. The rich and the powerful will stop at nothing, and frequently resort to murder. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Biography | Drama


R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


When this was set up at WB as a major prestige project , David Puttnam wanted Andy Garcia to play the lead. See more »


During the scene of Wilson Pinheiro's execution, the characters are watching a well-known moment from the TV series Vale Tudo. This wouldn't be possible since this series would only be released in 1988 while Pinheiro was killed in 1980. See more »


Jair: 10%.
Chico Mendes: I lost by 10%?
Jair: No, you only got 10% of the votes. Chico, people are scared. You knew it was gonna to be bad.
Chico Mendes: What the hell are you talking about? You think I can resign myself? To fighting for a lost cause? You think I'm out there every day for the good of my soul? I'm scared too. But I'm fighting because I believe we can win.
See more »


Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A good film cheapened by nudity
24 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

While the acting and cinematography were very good, I feel the quality of this movie was much diminished by a completely gratuitous sex scene. I would warn environmental educators or student activists against showing this movie, for there is full frontal nudity that adds absolutely nothing to the plot or character development. The director should be faulted, I believe, for deciding to include this scene, but otherwise the cast and story were engaging and well done. In short, be advised that its "not rated" rating doesn't begin to address the almost pornographic nudity--but still see this movie to learn more about an important environmental activist.

8 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
QUESTION???? lime6inthecoconut
DVD release? Kolzig73

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: