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The Mission

The Mission

Robert De Niro
Director: Roland Joffé Cast: Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
, Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
, Ray McAnally
Ray McAnally
Roland Joffé
The Mission

The Mission

Robert De Niro
Director: Roland Joffé Cast: Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
, Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
, Ray McAnally
Ray McAnally
Roland Joffé

Blu-ray (Digi-Pak)

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Featuring a majestic score by Ennio Morricone and lush Oscar-winning cinematography by Chris Menges, Roland Joffé's The Mission examines the events surrounding the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, when Spain ceded part of South America to Portugal, and turns this episode into an allegory for the mid-'80s struggles of Latin America. Two European forces are on hand to win the South American natives over to imperialist ways. The plunderers want to extract riches and slaves from the New World. The missionaries, on the other hand, want to convert the Indians to Christianity and win over their souls. Mendoza (Robert De Niro) is an exploiter dabbling in the slave trade. But after he kills his brother Felipe (Aidan Quinn) in a fit of rage, he seeks redemption and calls upon the missionaries to assist him. After repeatedly climbing a cliff with a heavy weight as penance, Mendoza finds redemption and becomes a devout missionary at a settlement run by Gabriel (Jeremy Irons). The missionaries want to promote a new society in which the natives will live together in peace with the Spanish and the Portuguese. But this concept frightens the royal governors, who would rather enslave the natives than encourage peaceful coexistence between the Europeans and the Indians. They order the mission to be burned to the ground. But this event causes a rift between Gabriel, who wants to pray and pursue peaceful resistance, and Mendoza, who wants to take up arms and fight the Europeans.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
UPC: 0883929147144
Original Release: 1986
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 2:05:00
Sales rank: 15,254

Special Features

Commentary by Director Roland Joffé; BBC Omnibus Documentary People on a Mission, Chronicling the Movie's South American Location Shootand Examining the Heartbreaking Lives of the Waunana Indians Who Portrayed the Film's Guanari Tribespeople; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Mendoza
Jeremy Irons Gabriel
Ray McAnally Altamirano
Liam Neeson Fielding
Aidan Quinn Felipe
Ronald Pickup Hontar
Monirak Sisowath Ibaye
Asuncion Ontiveros Indian chief
Cherie Lunghi Carlotta
Daniel Berrigan Sebastian
Tony Lawn Father Provincial
Rafael Camerano Spanish commander
Maria Teresa Ripoll Carlotta's Maid
Philip Bosco Actor
Carlos Duplat Portuguese Commander
Susie Figgis Actor
Alejandrino Moya Chief's Lieutenant
Juliet Taylor Actor
Charles Low Cabeza
Bercelio Moya Indian Boy
Sigifredo Ismare Witch Doctor
Rolf Gray Young Jesuit
Alvaro Guerrero Jesuit
Joe Daly Nobleman
Silvestre Chiripua Indian
Luis Carlos Gonzalez Boy Singer

Technical Credits
Roland Joffé Director
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Robert Bolt Screenwriter
Jim Clark Editor
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Fernando Ghia Producer
Peter Hutchinson Special Effects
John King Art Director
Tommie Manderson Makeup
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
David Puttnam Producer
George Richardson Art Director
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Enrico Sabbatini Costumes/Costume Designer
Iain Smith Associate Producer
Jack Stephens Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design

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