The Burning Season Movie Review 1994

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In one of his last performances, Julia inspires as Chico Mendes, a socialist union leader who fought to protect the homes and land of Brazilian peasants in the western Amazon rain forest. With Mendes' help the peasants form a union and struggle to prevent the building of a road that will provide easy access to forest land for speculators and cattlemen. Naturally, they are violently opposed by corruption-ridden capitalist powers in the government. Julia provides a haunting portrayal of the heroic figure who was assassinated in 1990. Based in part on the book by Andrew Revkin. Filmed on location in Mexico.


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Available on VHS
Running time 123 minutes.

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True Stories, Biopics: Politics, Politics, Justice Prevails...?, South America, Labor & Unions, Trees & Forests, Assassination
William Mastrosimone, Michael Tolkin, Ron Hutchinson
Raul Julia, Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga, Luis Guzman, Nigel Havers, Kamala Dawson, Tomas Milian, Esai Morales, Tony Plana, Carmen Argenziano
John Frankenheimer
Gary Chang
Thomas M. Hammel, John Frankenheimer, David Puttnam, HBO Pictures

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