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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




Did You Know?


The re-creation scenes of Father Serra leading his holy crusade was a filmed in 1975 for a college documentary about mission San Juan Capistrano. The actor playing Father Serra was the director this film, R.J. Adams. 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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Gain a passion and understanding of these historic treasures
10 February 2000 | by tacbsSee all my reviews

A well documented journey with Fr. Sara and his works as they are today. With all the fast paced development and urban saturation; to see the preservation of these historic treasures is reassuring. And now with better understanding of these treasures contained in this video, even more can be done to preserve them. After viewing this video, who could walk away and not feel a new passion towards the Missions of California.

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20 September 1998 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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