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The Mission (1986)

The Mission
Running time: 125 min. | Genre: Adventure, Drama, Historical, Century XVIII, Colonial America, Religion
The Mission

Synopsis

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 Joffé'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.

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Cinematography
WINNER
Best Music (Score)
NOMINATED
Best Production Design
NOMINATED
Best Picture
NOMINATED
Best Costume Design
NOMINATED
Best Director (Roland Joffé)
NOMINATED
Best Film Editing
NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

Best Screenplay
WINNER
Best Music (Score)
WINNER
Best Director (Roland Joffé)
NOMINATED
Best Leading Actor - Drama (Jeremy Irons)
NOMINATED
Best Picture - Drama
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Best Supporting Actor (Ray McAnally)
WINNER
Best Film Editing
WINNER
Best Music (Score)
WINNER
Best Special Visual Effects
NOMINATED
Best Cinematography
NOMINATED
Best Production Design
NOMINATED
Best Picture
NOMINATED
Best Costume Design
NOMINATED
Best Director (Roland Joffé)
NOMINATED
Best Sound
NOMINATED
Best Original Screenplay
NOMINATED

César Award

Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED

David di Donatello

Best Foreign Producer (David Puttnam)
WINNER
Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED
Best Foreign Actor (Jeremy Irons)
NOMINATED

Cannes Film Festival

Golden Palm - Best Film
WINNER

Details

Original title

The Mission

Director

Roland Joffé

Producer

Warner Bros. Pictures. Productor: David Puttnam, Warner Bros.. Productor: David Puttnam

Running time

125 min.

Screenwriter

Robert Bolt

Music

Ennio Morricone

Cinematography

Chris Menges

Year

1986

Country

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Ranking

Rotten Tomatoes
6.5
IMDb
7.5

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