Black Robe Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for Black Robe the Movie

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In 1634 young Jesuit priest Father Laforgue (Bluteau) journeys across the North American wilderness to bring the word of God to Canada's Huron Indians. The winter journey is brutal and perilous and he begins to question his mission after seeing the strength of the Indian's native ways. Stunning cinematography, a good script, and fine acting combine to make this superb. Portrays the Indians in a realistic manner, the only flaw being that Beresford portrays the white culture with very few redeeming qualities and as the only reason for the Indian's downfall. Moore adapted his own novel for the screen.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 101 minutes.
Originally from Australian, Canadian.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Native America, Nuns & Priests, Missionaries, Period Piece: 17th Century, Canada, Wilderness, Books to Film: Brian Moore, Culture Clash
Brian Moore
Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg, Tantoo Cardinal, Billy Two Rivers, Lawrence Bayne, Harrison Liu, Marthe Tungeon
Peter James
Bruce Beresford
Georges Delerue
Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment


Australian Film Inst. 1992: Cinematog.; Genie 1991: Director (Beresford), Film.

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