The Mission [Blu-ray] [1986]

  • SKU: 2705118
  • Release Date: 12/07/2010
  • Rating: PG
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 8)

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

Synopsis


The Mission
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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Mendoza
  • Jeremy Irons
    Jeremy Irons - Gabriel
  • Ray McAnally
    Ray McAnally - Altamirano
  • Liam Neeson
    Liam Neeson - Fielding
  • Aidan Quinn
    Aidan Quinn - Felipe



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

88%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good movie

    Posted
    Bigfellow

    Gives a great view of how the priests were trying to educate the Indians and the Spanish wouldn't let them. They were only to be used for slave labor and not educated

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Good dramatization of historic events

    Posted
    Xeno
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    An excellent movie about the late colonial period in south america.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's a good movie

    Posted
    Justice82
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    It was a good historical movie. Robert De Niro did good work in it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Movie for History

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    MidlandTX
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    Bought for the music. Good history movie but not for kids.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Film!

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    kechulater
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    I wish Robert De Niro was making movies like this now instead of the lousy stuff he is making now. Great performances all around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Forgotten Gem, One of De Niro's Best

    Posted
    gymsock

    This is one of my favorite movies. It's based on a historical event that took place with the natives in South America in the 1700's. The story is engrossing and the photography is amazing. Robert De Niro plays the part of a slave trader turned defender. I saw this movie many, many years ago and never quite got it out of my head. Definitely worth owning on blu ray if you are a De Niro fan. Extras are very good. They don't make movies like this anymore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent acting, cinematography and music!

    Posted
    WorkingRN
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    It is a great film that did not get a lot of press in the US, but was an award winner in Europe. Irons, Deniro and Neeson were fantastic! An eye opener from a historical standpoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing film.

    Posted
    Kosh

    This film is simply outstanding. Not just the score or the cinematography, which are tremendous, but Jeremy Irons and Deniro give some of the most powerful perfomances of their careers. The years have not dulled this film's appeal at all. A true classic. Check it out, most assuredly.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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