The Mission Movie Review 1986

Information and Film Reviews for The Mission the Movie

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Sweeping, cinematically beautiful historical drama about an 18th-century Jesuit mission in the Brazilian jungle. The missionaries struggle against the legalized slave trade of Portugal and political factions within the church. Written by Bolt (of "A Man for All Seasons" fame), its visual intensity is marred by length and so much overt symbolism that an emotional coolness surfaces when the action slows. Nonetheless, epic in ambition and nearly in quality. Magnificent musical score.


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Available on VHS
Running time 125 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Culture Clash, South America, Missionaries, Historical Drama, Jungle Stories
Robert Bolt
Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Liam Neeson, Cherie Lunghi, Daniel Berrigan, Ronald Pickup
Chris Menges
Roland Joffe
Ennio Morricone
Goldcrest Films, Kingsmere


Oscars 1986: Cinematog.; British Acad. 1986: Support. Actor (McAnally); Cannes 1986: Film; Golden Globes 1987: Screenplay, Score; L.A. Film Critics 1986: Cinematog.

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