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The Mission

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Original title
The Mission
Running time
125 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Robert Bolt
Ennio Morricone
Chris Menges
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Warner Bros.. Producer: David Puttnam
Adventure. Drama | Historical. 18th Century. Colonial America. Religion
Synopsis / Plot
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.
1986: Oscar: Best Cinematography. 7 Nominations
1986: Golden Globes: Best Screenplay, Best Original Score (Ennio Morricone)
1986: Cannes Film Festival: Palme d´Or (Golden Palm): Best Movie & Technical Grand Prize
1986: 3 Bafta: Best Supporting Actor (McAnally), Editing & Score. 11 nominations
1986: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Producer. 3 nominations
1986: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Cinematographer
1986: César Awards: Nominated for Best Foreing Film
1986: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Cinematography. 2 Nominations
1986: Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Nominated Best Foreign Actor (De Niro)
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