6.8/10
2,818
50 user 10 critic

At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)

Trailer
1:23 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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:

Writers:

(based on the novel by), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Juán returns to his native Buenos Aires after 20 years to visit his dying father. He tries to find Ana, his old flame of the past.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Maria Luísa Mendonça, Walter Quiroz
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

History of a famous Brazilian bandit of the early seventies.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Reginaldo Faria, Ana Maria Magalhães, Milton Gonçalves
Pixote (1981)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura
Ironweed (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, New York after returning there for the first time in decades.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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

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

In the 1940s, in São Paulo, bohemian guy engages in a love affair with two daughters of a friend of his mother's, but ends up marrying uncongenial woman, with whom he quarrels all the time.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Paulo José, Marília Pêra, Vick Militello
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A road movie about a German man who went to the North East of Brazil in the 1942 to sell Aspirin.

Director: Marcelo Gomes
Stars: João Miguel, Peter Ketnath, Madalena Accioly
Lord Jim (1965)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After being discredited as a coward, a 19th century seaman (Peter O'Toole) lives for only one purpose: to redeem himself. Based on Joseph Conrad's novel written in 1900.

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curd Jürgens
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Athos Magnani, a young researcher, returns to Tara, where his father was killed before his birth, at the request of Draifa. The father, also named Athos Magnani and looking exactly like the... See full summary »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars: Giulio Brogi, Alida Valli, Pippo Campanini
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Directors: Ann Guedes, Eduardo Guedes
Stars: Tom Waits, Damon Lowry, Charlotte Coleman
Barren Lives (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lewis Moon
... Leslie Huben
... Andy Huben
... Martin Quarrier
... Wolf
... Hazel Quarrier
Stênio Garcia ... Boronai
... Father Xantes
José Dumont ... Commandante Guzman
Niilo Kivirinta ... Billy Quarrier
S. Yriwana Karaja ... Aeore
Jose Renato Lana ... Uyuyu
Ruy Polanah ... Kori
Carlos Xavante ... Tukanu
Ione Machado ... Pindi
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

6 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jugando en los campos del Señor  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,162, 6 December 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,342,903
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Laura Dern had been cast as Andy Huben but pulled out due to having to swim in a parasite-filled river as part of the role. Daryl Hannah replaced her. See more »

Quotes

Leslie Huben: Moon, you're under the influence of a dangerous drug, we need to know where you are.
Lewis Moon: I'm at play... in the fields of the Lord. At play... in the fields... of the Lord...
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Just an Echo in the Valley
Music by Harry M. Woods
Lyrics by Reginald Connelly
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
" If the Lord made them the way they are, why do you want to change them? "
23 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Far from the boundaries of the modern world, live a primitive people who have existed naturally for thousands of years undisturbed. However, beginning with the European invasion of the 15th century and continuing unabated to the present, their culture, their tribal beliefs and even their very existence have come under siege. From a healthy population of thousands, they have been wantonly slaughtered and decimated to a handful of survivors. This film is one of a few which has the courage to illuminate the culprits of destruction. The Movie is called " At Play in the Fields of the Lord. " The story is that of Martin and Hazel Quarrier (Aidan Quinn and Kathy Bates) and their son Billy (Niilo Kivirinta) who were convinced by Leslie Huben (John Lithgow) and his wife Andy (Daryl Hannah) to move to South America and run a missionary outpost in the Brazlian jungle. Although it's Mr. Huben who's the fervent evangelical and enthusiastic force behind the mission, Martin desires to emulate him despite his inner doubts and misgivings. Into this mix is Lewis Moon (Tom Berenger) a modern Cheyenne originally hired to destroy the indigenous tribesmen, changes his mind and embraces their jungle life. Although warned by Commandante Guzman (Jose Dumont) and resident Catholic priest, Father Xantes (Nelson Xavier) not to expect success, the missionaries insist on forcing the natives to accept religious imposition despite the cost to the established tribes. The notion of change is contrary to the established peoples, but insisted on by the invading missionaries and their soul seeking agenda. Added to their destructive presence are the foreign businesses seeking wealth at the cost of the forest. The movie is a revelation of what is transpiring even now. The destruction of an entire Eco-system, the Rain Forest and the disappearing tribes are at the heart of this movie. Questioning his faith, Martin re-evaluates his decision when his son is stricken and his wife goes insane. The scenery of the pristine jungle and the tribes as well as the top notch acting of the cast is a plus for this incredible film. In the addition, its a prime candidate to become a Classic, despite it's length. ****


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 50 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial