Martin and Hazel Quarrier are small-town fundamentalist missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. Their remote mission was previously run by the Catholics, ... See full summary »

Director:

Hector Babenco

Writers:

Peter Matthiessen (based on the novel by), Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Lewis Moon
John Lithgow ... Leslie Huben
Daryl Hannah ... Andy Huben
Aidan Quinn ... Martin Quarrier
Tom Waits ... Wolf
Kathy Bates ... Hazel Quarrier
Stênio Garcia ... Boronai
Nelson Xavier ... Father Xantes
José Dumont José Dumont ... Commandante Guzman
Niilo Kivirinta Niilo Kivirinta ... Billy Quarrier
S. Yriwana Karaja S. Yriwana Karaja ... Aeore
Jose Renato Lana Jose Renato Lana ... Uyuyu
Ruy Polanah Ruy Polanah ... Kori
Carlos Xavante Carlos Xavante ... Tukanu
Ione Machado Ione Machado ... Pindi
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Martin and Hazel Quarrier are small-town fundamentalist missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. Their remote mission was previously run by the Catholics, before the natives murdered them all. They are sent by the pompous Leslie Huben, who runs the missionary effort in the area but who seems more concerned about competing with his Catholic 'rivals' than in the Indians themselves. Hazel is terrified of the Indians while Martin is fascinated. Soon American pilot Lewis Moon joins the Indian tribe but is attracted by Leslie's young wife, Andy. Can the interaction of these characters and cultures, and the advancing bulldozers of civilization, avoid disaster? Written by Reid Gagle

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An adventure beyond the limits of civilization, faith and passion.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

To study for his role as a Christian missionary, Aidan Quinn went undercover with the Wycliffe Bible Translator group in Belem, Brazil, passing himself off as a born again Christian from the American Midwest. See more »

Quotes

Lewis Moon: The Lord made Indians the way they are. Who are you people to make them different?
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Soundtracks

Just an Echo in the Valley
Music by Harry M. Woods
Lyrics by Reginald Connelly
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A challenging adaptation of a work by a great American writer
29 January 2000 | by AldanoliSee all my reviews

A late adaptation of author-naturalist Peter Mathiessen's 1965 novel about missionaries in South America (Aidan Quinn and John Lithgow), their wives (Kathy Bates and Darryl Hannah, respectively) and their chance encounter with an American Indian (Tom Berenger) who is trying to exorcise the ghosts of his life on the reservation by joining a stone age tribe that the missionaries are trying to convert. This is a remarkable cast for a movie with such intense, personal themes, and each of the actors delivers an excellent performance. Berenger was perhaps an odd choice to play an American Indian, but he does the best that he can with the role.

Mathiessen is one of the great writers of the late twentieth century--an American answer to Graham Greene or Joseph Conrad, perhaps--whose literary canvas is literally almost the entire world. This is an appropriately challenging and demanding interpretation of his always challenging and demanding (though under-appreciated) work.


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Country:

USA | Brazil

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

6 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

At Play in the Fields of the Lord See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,162, 8 December 1991

Gross USA:

$1,345,903

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,345,903
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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