Directed By: Roland Joffé Starring: Robert De Niro Jeremy Irons

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A spanish slave trader joins a jesuit at a jungle mission in politically torn 1750 south america.


Studio Warner
SKU 40218788
UPC 085392349722
UPC 14 00085392349722
Format DVD
Release Date 11/8/2011
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Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Sight and Sound "...Many dazzling sequences....Joffé is well in command of his emotional commitments..." 09/01/1986 p.285-6
Variety "...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
Roland Joffé
Robert De Niro
Jeremy Irons
Cast & Crew
Jeremy Irons - Actor
Ray McAnally - Actor
Robert De Niro - Actor
Ronald Pickup - Actor
Aidan Quinn - Actor
Cherie Lunghi - Actor
Iain Smith - Associate Producer
Roland Joffe - Director
Chris Menges - Director of Photography
Jim Clark - Editor
Ennio Morricone - Musical Score
Fernando Ghia - Producer
David Puttnam - Producer
Stuart Craig - Production Designer
Robert Bolt - Writer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 23497
UPC 00085392349722
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 125 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1987) Chris Menges, Winner, Best Cinematography,Roland Joffe, Nominee, Best Director,Ennio Morricone, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score,Fernando Ghia, David Puttnam, Nominee, Best Picture
Golden Globe (1987) Ennio Morricone, Winner, Best Music, Original Score,Robert Bolt, Winner, Best Screenplay--Motion Picture
DVD, Widescreen, Special Edition, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor De Niro,Robert
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Newsweek A sweeping spectacle.

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