Blu-ray The Mission [Blu-ray] [] [1995] [1 disc] [883929147144] (Blu-ray 6993702),
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The Mission [Blu-ray] [] [1995] [1 disc] [883929147144]

  • PG
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A visually stunning epic, THE MISSION recounts the true story of two men--a man of the sword (Robert De Niro) and a man of the cloth (Jeremy Irons)--both Jesuit missionaries who defied the colonial forces of mighty Spain and Portugal to save an Indian tribe from slavery in mid-18th-century South America. Mendoza (De Niro) is a slave trader and colonial imperialist who murdered his own brother (Aidan Quinn) and seeks penance for his sins by becomining a missionary at Father Gabriel's (Irons) mountaintop mission; Gabriel is a devout and idealistic man who extols nonviolence and peaceful interaction with the natives and colonialists. Despite their differences, the two men must unite to save the mission when Spain, Portugal, and the Catholic church begin negotiating their boundaries in the area--negotiations that will affect both the freedom of the natives and the well-being of the Jesuit missionaries who have set up safe havens for them. Director Roland Joff's sweeping masterpiece is a haunting account of the unjust treatment of the Guarani Indians of South America and the men who fought desperately, in very different ways, to save them. The film features a mezmerizing musical score by Ennio Morricone that weaves a stunning combination of church choirs and native Indian panpipes into the lush images of the Brazilian rainforest.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1986
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1986 Chris Menges British Director Of Photography/Director, THE BOXER (1997)

  • Credits
    Robert De Niro, Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, Ray McAnally
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Many dazzling sequences....Joff is well in command of his emotional commitments..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Spectacular scenery and an extraordinary high degree of production values....Director Joffe has come up with some stunning scenes..."

    "...THE MISSION is haunting spectacle, it is serious and passionate....It provides Jeremy Irons with a chance for his purest and most searing film performance..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Earnest in tone, melancholic in mood....If your tear ducts aren't tingling as its credits roll, check your soul..."
    Total Film

    "...Ennio Morricone's famous score sounds appropriately mystical and majestic..."
    Hollywood Reporter

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