• The Mission (1986)

The Mission

Release Date: October 31st, 1986

DVD Release Date: January 1st, 2002

PG |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) enters the Guarani lands in South America with the purpose of converting the natives to Christianity. He soon builds a mission, where he is joined by Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro), a reformed slave trader seeking redemption. When a treaty transfers the land from Spain to Portugal, the Portuguese government wants to capture the natives for slave labor. Mendoza and Gabriel resolve to defend the mission, but disagree on how to accomplish the task.

Cast: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Ronald Pickup, Chuck Low, Cherie Lunghi

Director: Roland Joffé

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Goldcrest Films Ltd., Enigma Productions

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Moving, Sacrifice, Inspiring, Spirited, Passionate, Rescue, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    This review is a mournful warning, because this film comes to town with all sorts of honors and an impressive line-up. And yet it turns out to be nothing more than a well-intentioned bore. [14 Nov 1986, p.AC]

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The Mission is beautiful to look at, features impeccable period and setting detail, and offers a fascinating and tragic backstory, but it falls short in many simple human qualities. Overall, it's an impressive motion picture, but lacks the epic greatness sometimes associated with it. show more

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    All that was needed to pull these elements together was a structure that would clearly define who the characters were, what they stood for and why we should care about them. Unfortunately, that is all that is missing. show more

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Awards

Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Directing
Nominated Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Score for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)