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Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

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Mendoza
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Gabriel
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Altamirano
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Felipe
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Carlotta
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Hontar
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Cabeza
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Fielding
Bercelio Moya ...
Indian Boy
Sigifredo Ismare ...
Witch Doctor
Asuncion Ontiveros ...
Indian Chief
Alejandrino Moya ...
Chief's Lieutenant
Daniel Berrigan ...
Sebastian
Rolf Gray ...
Young Jesuit
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Jesuit
Tony Lawn ...
Father Provincial
Joe Daly ...
Nobleman
Carlos Duplat ...
Portuguese Commander
Rafael Camerano ...
Spanish Commander
Monirak Sisowath ...
Ibaye
Silvestre Chiripua ...
Indian
Luis Carlos Gonzalez ...
Boy Singer
Maria Teresa Ripoll ...
Carlotta's Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Borja ...
Priest (uncredited)
Alain Becerra Calderon ...
Portuguese Soldier (uncredited)
Jacques Des Grottes ...
Priest (uncredited)
Enrique Lamas ...
Nobleman (uncredited)
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Cabeza (uncredited) (voice)
Antonio Segovia ...
Nobleman (uncredited)
Harlan Venner ...
Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by

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Roland Joffé

Written by

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Robert Bolt ... (original story & screenplay)

Produced by

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Fernando Ghia ... producer
David Puttnam ... producer
Iain Smith ... associate producer
Alejandro Azzano ... executive producer (uncredited)
Felipe López Caballero ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

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Chris Menges

Film Editing by

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Jim Clark

Editorial Department

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Adam Masters ... cutting room trainee
Bryan Oates ... first assistant editor
Tony Tromp ... second assistant editor

Casting By

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Susie Figgis
Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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Stuart Craig

Art Direction by

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Norman Dorme ... supervising art director
John King
George Richardson

Costume Design by

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Enrico Sabbatini

Makeup Department

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Charlotte Bakker ... wig maker
Elaine Bowerbank ... hair stylist
Sallie Evans ... makeup artist
Marina Forero ... assistant hair stylist: Colombia
Magdalen Gaffney ... makeup artist
Paula Gillespie ... key hair stylist
Anna Mercedes Goez ... assistant makeup artist: Colombia
María Mercedes Herrera ... assistant makeup artist: Colombia
Geraldine Jones ... hair stylist
Stephanie Kaye ... hair stylist
Ken Lintott ... makeup artist
Tommie Manderson ... makeup supervisor
Wendy Rawson ... hair stylist
Flore Marina Sandoval ... assistant hair stylist: Colombia

Production Management

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Máximo Berrondo ... production manager: Argentina unit
Barrie Melrose ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Salvatore Basile ... assistant director: Colombia (as Salvo Basile)
Claudia Gomez ... assistant director: Colombia
Uberto Pasolini ... third assistant director
Gerry Toomey ... second assistant director
Bill Westley ... first assistant director
Kevin Westley ... additional second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Michael Bacon ... property maker
Edgardo Benvenuto ... painter: Argentina
Frank Berlin ... supervising painter
Paul Bradburn ... dressing props
Darryl Carter ... stagehand
Jack Carter ... construction manager
Norman Carter ... carpenter
John Chisholm ... stand-by propman: Argentina
John Cook ... stagehand
Jorge Dager ... assistant construction manager: Colombia
Trevor Dyer ... carpenter
Luis de Feo ... sculptor: Argentina
Ian Giladjian ... production buyer
John Graham ... supervising chargehand
Brian Hamer ... painter
John Hedges ... carpenter
Michael Hedges ... assistant construction manager
Ron Herbert ... carpenter
Andrew Holder ... sculptor
Michael Howlett ... metal worker
Thomas Hughes ... painter
Brian Humphrey ... supervising chargehand
Gordon Izod ... plasterer
Derek Knowler ... property storeman
Ken Langridge ... stagehand
Joe Lear ... supervising plasterer
Carlo Maggi ... plasterer
Bernie Mayor ... carpenter
Peter Melrose ... scenic art director
Dave Midson ... stand-by props (as David Midson)
Richard Morrison ... graphic designer
Eric Nash ... plasterer
Cleo Nethersole ... drapes master
John Palmer ... stand-by props
Malcolm Roberts ... assistant construction manager
Mickey Spence ... supervising plasterer (as Michael Spence)
Jack Stephens ... set dresser
Ivano Todeschi ... painter
Peter Voysey ... sculptor
Terry Wells Jr. ... dressing props
Terry Wells ... property master
Vic Woods ... painter
María Helena Álvarez ... assistant property buyer: Colombia
Keith Smith ... stagehand (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Christopher Ackland ... sound editor (as Chris Ackland)
Allan Brereton ... boom operator
Martin Evans ... dialogue editor
Ian Fuller ... dubbing editor
Daryl Jordan ... assistant sound editor (as Darryl Jordan)
Ray Merrin ... assistant dubbing mixer
Nick Moore ... assistant dialogue editor
Ric O'Connor ... assistant dubbing editor
Michael Parkinson ... assistant sound editor
Bill Rowe ... dubbing mixer
Trevor Rutherford ... sound maintenance
Hernando Tejada ... sound assistant: Columbia
Clive Winter ... sound mixer
Lionel Strutt ... adr mixer (uncredited)

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Steve Crawley ... special effects wireman
Peter Fern ... special effects technician
Martin Gant ... special effects senior technician
Peter Hutchinson ... special effects supervisor
Peter Skehan ... special effects technician
Andrew Smith ... special effects technician
Marco Yepes ... special effects assistant: Columbia unit

Visual Effects by

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Costas Charitou ... opticals: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
David Smith ... optical cameraman (uncredited)

Stunts

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Vic Armstrong ... stunt coordinator
Jordi Casares ... stunts
Billy Horrigan ... stunts
Niamh McAnally ... stunt assistant
Bronco McLoughlin ... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Felipe Aljure ... assistant camera: Colombia
David Appleby ... unit still photographer
John Barry ... electrician
Peter Bloor ... chief electrician
Paul Borg ... electrician
Luis Bowie ... rigger: Colombia
Tony Cridlin ... camera grip
John Field ... rigger
Bill Geddes ... camera grip
Jeremy Gee ... focus puller
Fred Harris ... camera grip
Jeffrey Khan ... rigger (as Jeff Kahn)
Eddie Knight ... best boy
Agapios Louka ... camera maintenance
Tom McDougal ... clapper loader
Billy Merrell ... electrician (as William Merrell)
Stewart Monteith ... electrician
Mark Moriarty ... clapper loader: second unit
Eamonn O'Keeffe ... focus puller: second unit (as Eamonn O'Keefe)
William Richards ... rigger (as Bill Richards)
Dave Ridout ... electrician (as David Ridout)
Mike Roberts ... camera operator
Frank Sheeky ... electrician (as Frank Sheekey)
Dave Skinner ... rigger (as David Skinner)
Tom Taylor ... clapper loader
Robin Vidgeon ... director of photography: second unit
Jan Pester ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Thomas Casterline ... wardrobe master
Silvana Cocuccione ... seamstress
Betty Heyman ... set costumer
Adriana Mattiozzi ... seamstress
Anna Orazi ... wardrobe mistress
Uliva Pizzetti ... assistant wardrobe
Angelica Placanica ... seamstress
Giovanni Viti ... wardrobe master
Giancarlo Colis ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Philip Kohler ... location unit manager
David Nichols ... location unit manager
Pamela Wells ... location unit manager
Hugh O'Donnell ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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David Bedford ... choral director
Yona Dunsford ... singer
Incantation ... instrumentation: Indian
Dick Lewzey ... music mixer
Ennio Morricone ... conductor / orchestrator
Maxwell Pryce ... musical director: Barnet Schools Choir
Geoffrey Shaw ... music director: London Voices
Edgar Avilan Caceres ... conductor of Indian choir: Colombia (uncredited)
Greg Fulginiti ... music engineer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Pat Rambaut ... continuity

Transportation Department

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Arthur Dunne ... transportation manager
Carlos Fuentes ... transportation assistant: Colombia
Ham Khan ... transportation manager: Argentina

Other crew

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Alicia Aghazarian ... production secretary: Argentina
Mo Anthoine ... climber
Bill Appleby ... caterer
Simon Atherton ... armorer
Pablo Azcona ... production assistant: Argentina
Alejandro Azzano ... production executive: Argentina
Diego Baracchini ... unit publicist: Argentina
Joe Brown ... supervising rock climber
Joan Bull ... nurse
Judi Bunn ... production coordinator
Nancu Burke ... assistant publicist: Colombia
Paul Caldicott ... catering supervisor
Vicenzo Cancellara ... chief dyer
Gonzalo Catalan ... production assistant: Argentina
Álvaro Pablo Cepeda ... Indian administrator: Colombia
Ricardo Cifuentes ... production assistant: Colombia
Gary Clark ... unit doctor (as Dr. Gary Clark)
Teresa Colman ... assistant to producer
Hazel Crombie ... location accountant
Evaldo Eleuteri ... production assistant: Argentina
José Luis Entín ... legal consultant: Argentina
Gonzalo Gainza ... unit physician: Argentina
Augusto Grassi ... shoe man
Brian Harris ... production accountant
David Herbert ... unit doctor (as Dr. David Herbert)
Lil Heyman ... unit runner (as Elizabeth Heyman)
Gilly Hodson ... publicist
Christine Hoy ... assistant accountant
Carolyn Jardine ... publicist
John Kay ... unit runner
Sylvia Keenan ... production secretary: Argentina
Alan Kingham ... second kitchen supervisor
Jacqueline Lemaitre Basile ... production assistant: Colombia
Elvira de Lequerica ... production assistant: Colombia
Felipe López Caballero ... production executive: Colombia
Franco Martini ... production assistant: Argentina
Frank McGill ... chef
Hamish McInnes ... climber
Mario Mejía ... assistant catering supervisor: Colombia
Jorge Messutti ... financial consultant: Argentina
Richard Morrison ... title designer
Sylvie Nante ... assistant publicist: Argentina
Roberto Nardini ... fiberglass expert: Argentina
Laura Obligado ... interpreter: Argentina
Jodie de Onis ... production assistant: Colombia
Rex Payton ... caterer
Liliana Ramírez ... accounting assistant: Argentina
María Ramírez ... interpreter: Argentina
Marta Riveira ... production assistant: Colombia
Claudia Ruiz ... production assistant: Colombia
John Sargent ... production accountant
Marija Sargent ... assistant accountant
Carl Schmidt ... armorer
Gerda Schmidt ... nurse: Argentina
Sheila Slate ... contact: London
Lucía Spragge ... production assistant: Colombia
Ann Tasker ... unit publicist (as Anne Tasker)
Judy Thomson ... unit runner
James Townshend ... machinist (as Jim Townshend)
Fernando Umana ... Indian administrator: Colombia
Peter Wallace ... acting coach: Indians
Kevin Warwick ... machinist
David Williams ... supervising rigger (as David Williams)
John Chambers ... finance executive (uncredited)
Rodney Stone ... distribution (uncredited)

Thanks

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Hector Babenco ... thanks
Tom Birmingham ... thanks
Jorge Blanco ... thanks
Alex Bright ... thanks
Philip Caraman ... thanks (as Philip Caraman S.J.)
Mary Costello ... thanks
Maria Cristina De Mejia ... thanks
Eduardo Fleming ... thanks
John Horton ... thanks
David Joy ... thanks
James Lee ... special thanks
Sanford Lieberson ... special thanks (as Sandy Lieberson)
Miguel Ángel Lumaldo ... thanks
Mario Mariani ... thanks
George Martin ... thanks
Maríaemma Mejía de Caballero ... thanks
Federico Mirre ... thanks
Brian Moser ... thanks
Doris Plummer ... thanks
Francisco Ramalho ... thanks
Bernabe Richter ... in memory of
John Robson ... thanks
Mrs. Nohemí Sanín Posada ... thanks
Clive Syddall ... thanks
Andrew Taie ... thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Jeremy Irons plays a Spanish Jesuit who goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region. Robert DeNiro plays a slave hunter who is converted and joins Irons in his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portuguese aggressors. Written by mattbballman17

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Taglines Deep in the jungles of South America two men bring civilization to a native tribe. Now, after years of struggle together, they find themselves on opposite sides in a dramatic fight for the natives' independence. One will trust in the power of prayer. One will believe in the might of the sword. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mission (France)
  • La misión (Spain)
  • I apostoli (Greece)
  • Η αποστολή (Greece)
  • La misión (Peru)
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  • 125 min
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Budget $24,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Many of the people who played the natives were indigenous South Americans who spoke little English. They were given free reign to say whatever lines they wanted. According to popular rumor, they are cursing up a storm in a few scenes. See more »
Goofs The indigenous characters speak Wawnana, a Colombian indigenous language, not Guarani, the indigenous language of Paraguay. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Mission (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Gabriel's Oboe See more »
Crazy Credits At the film's very end, after the final credits, Altimarano gives the audience an ambiguous, almost accusing look, as if he were asking it, "Would you or would you not have done this?" See more »
Quotes Gabriel: If might is right, then love has no place in the world. It may be so, it may be so. But I don't have the strength to live in a world like that, Rodrigo.
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