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Story

Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) directs this fuzzy effort at a David Lean-like epic without David Lean's sense of emotional proportion. Lean's most important screenwriting collaborator, Robert Bolt, in fact wrote The Mission, which concerns a Jesuit missionary (Jeremy Irons) who establishes a church in the hostile jungles of Brazil and then finds his work threatened by greed and political forces among his superiors. Robert De Niro is briefly effective as a callous soldier who kills his own brother and then turns to Irons's character to oversee his penance and conversion to the clergy. The narrative and dramatic forces at work in this movie should be more stirring and powerful than they are--the problem being that Joffé is too removed from them to allow us in. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Robert De NiroRodrigo Mendoza
Jeremy IronsFather Gabriel
Ray McAnallyAltamirano
Aidan QuinnFelipe Mendoza
Cheria LunghiCarlotta
Ronald PickupHontar
Chuck LowCabeza
Liam NeesonFielding
Bercelio MoyaIndian Boy
Sigifredo IsmareWitch Doctor
Asuncion OntiverosIndian Chief
Alejandrino MoyaChief's Lieutenant
Daniel BerriganSebastian
Rolf GrayYoung Jesuit
Álvaro GuerreroJesuit
Tony LawnFather Provincial
Joe DalyNobleman
Carlos DuplatPortugese Commander
Rafael CameranoSpanish Commander
Monirak SisowathIbaye
Silvestre ChiripuaIndian
Luis Carlos GonzalezBoy Singer
Maria Teresa RipollCarlotta's Maid
Fred MelamedDon Cabeza (voice) (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Theme(s): Military, Historical
  • Director: Roland Joffe
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 126 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 31, 1986
    EuropeSep 29, 1986
    AustraliaDec 4, 1986
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaOct 5, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 13, 2003
    EuropeJun 2, 2003
    JapanJul 24, 2003
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