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The Missions of California (1998)

The film traces the history of the 21 California missions while showcasing their incredile beauty. Highlights include rare photographs and the unique architecture of the early Spanish Padres.


R.J. Adams




Credited cast:
Daniel Andres Daniel Andres ... Father Payeras
Kathi Cook Kathi Cook ... L.A. women 2
Tracy Ann Doss Tracy Ann Doss ... Tracy Ann Doss
David Farkas ... Captain of the Guard
Kelly Fennell ... San Francisco women
Susanna Harter ... L.A. Woman 3
Lisa Dawnell James ... L.A. Woman 1
Alycia Lee Alycia Lee ... San Francisco girl
Lisa MacPherson Lisa MacPherson ... L.A. woman 4
Edith O'Brien Edith O'Brien ... San Franciso women 1
Laurel Peterson Laurel Peterson ... Carmel tour Guide
Sandra Rivera Sandra Rivera ... L.A. woman 5
Joe Schwab Joe Schwab ... Franciscan Friar
Bob Shannon Bob Shannon ... Father Serra
Gregory Silva ... Father Lasuen


the film retraces the steps of the legendary Father Junipero Serra and Father Fermin Lasuen as they established the elaborate chain of California Missions. As the film tours the histroical 21 missions it examine the history and events that made each and everyone a unique and dramatic drama and adventure. The resolve of the early Franciscan Padres to christianize the native Americans of 18th century California not only developed in to controversy, but resulted in the birth of some of America's greatest cities. Written by David J. Adams

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These historic Missions beautifully define the California of today while recapturing the spirit of it's legendary past









Release Date:

20 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Did You Know?


Director R.J. Adams succeeded in convincing all 21 missions to permit filming inside the churches. As a result The Missions of California is the only video currently on the market today that features the interiors of all 21 missions. See more »


The four priests walking thru the garden of Mission San Luis Rey and referred to as Franciscans are actually Dominicans. See more »

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6 January 2000 | by Rob AdamsSee all my reviews

What a refreshing view of the California Missions. I had been to almost everyone as a kid, and this video really made me feel as though I was back there. It also gives a historical lesson on not only the missions, but its founders and a nice insight on how they developed. The best part of the film however, is the the way the director used past and present pictures and film to give you an idea on how it was, and how it is today. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the Missions, and for anyone who teaches or studies about them.

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