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Mission (1986)

Director: Roland Joffé     Starring: Robert De Niro Jeremy Irons
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40218788
UPC: 085392349722
UPC 14: 00085392349722
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Special Edition 2 Disc Set
A spanish slave trader joins a jesuit at a jungle mission in politically torn 1750 south america.

"A sweeping spectacle.  Newsweek

Editor's Note
A visually stunning epic, THE MISSION recounts the true story of two men--a man of the sword (Robert De Niro) and a man of the cloth (Jeremy Irons)--both Jesuit missionaries who defied the colonial forces of mighty Spain and Portugal to save an Indian tribe from slavery in mid-18th-century South America. Mendoza (De Niro) is a slave trader and colonial imperialist who murdered his own brother (Aidan Quinn) and seeks penance for his sins by becomining a missionary at Father Gabriel's (Irons) mountaintop mission; Gabriel is a devout and idealistic man who extols nonviolence and peaceful interaction with the natives and colonialists. Despite their differences, the two men must unite to save the mission when Spain, Portugal, and the Catholic church begin negotiating their boundaries in the area--negotiations that will affect both the freedom of the natives and the well-being of the Jesuit missionaries who have set up safe havens for them. Director Roland Joffé's sweeping masterpiece is a haunting account of the unjust treatment of the Guarani Indians of South America and the men who fought desperately, in very different ways, to save them. The film features a mezmerizing musical score by Ennio Morricone that weaves a stunning combination of church choirs and native Indian panpipes into the lush images of the Brazilian rainforest.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Special Edition, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/13/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 125 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1986
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 23497
Video UPC UPC: 00085392349722
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jeremy Irons
Video Cast Info Ray McAnally
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro
Video Cast Info Ronald Pickup
Video Cast Info Aidan Quinn
Video Cast Info Cherie Lunghi
Video Cast Info Iain Smith - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info Roland Joffe - Director
Video Cast Info Chris Menges - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jim Clark - Editor
Video Cast Info Ennio Morricone - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Fernando Ghia - Producer
Video Cast Info David Puttnam - Producer
Video Cast Info Stuart Craig - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Robert Bolt - Writer
Plot Summary
In Roland Joffé's THE MISSION, a swordsman and a priest, both Jesuit missionaries, defy the colonial forces of Spain and Portugal to save an Indian tribe in 18th-century South America.


Oscar (1987)
Video Award Name Chris Menges, Winner, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Roland Joffe, Nominee, Best Director
   Video Award Name Ennio Morricone, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score
   Video Award Name Fernando Ghia, David Puttnam, Nominee, Best Picture

Golden Globe (1987)
Video Award Name Ennio Morricone, Winner, Best Music, Original Score
Video Award Name Robert Bolt, Winner, Best Screenplay--Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...Many dazzling sequences....Joffé is well in command of his emotional commitments..." 09/01/1986 p.285-6

"...Spectacular scenery and an extraordinary high degree of production values....Director Joffe has come up with some stunning scenes..." 05/21/1986

Los Angeles Times
"...THE MISSION is haunting spectacle, it is serious and passionate....It provides Jeremy Irons with a chance for his purest and most searing film performance..." 11/15/1986 p.C1

Total Film
"...Earnest in tone, melancholic in mood....If your tear ducts aren't tingling as its credits roll, check your soul..." 07/01/2003 p.130

Hollywood Reporter
"...Ennio Morricone's famous score sounds appropriately mystical and majestic..." 05/13/2003 p.26-63

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   De Niro,Robert
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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