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Mission [Blu-ray] [1986] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi
  • Directors: Roland Joffé
  • Writers: Robert Bolt
  • Producers: Alejandro Azzano, David Puttnam, Felipe López Caballero, Fernando Ghia, Iain Smith
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec 2010
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00198X0WW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,880 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) directs this fuzzy effort at a David Lean-like epic without David Lean's sense of emotional proportion. Lean's most important screenwriting collaborator, Robert Bolt, in fact wrote The Mission, which concerns a Jesuit missionary (Jeremy Irons) who establishes a church in the hostile jungles of Brazil and then finds his work threatened by greed and political forces among his superiors. Robert De Niro is briefly effective as a callous soldier who kills his own brother and then turns to Irons's character to oversee his penance and conversion to the clergy. The narrative and dramatic forces at work in this film should be more stirring and powerful than they are--the problem being that Joffé is too removed from them to allow us in. --Tom Keogh

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.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Martin Trivasse on 9 Dec 2005
Format: DVD
I read Robert Bolt's deeply moving novel, 'The Mission', before watching the film, and was therefore anxious to see how it would be treated on screen. As it happens, Bolt wrote the screenplay, and appears to have worked closely with the director, Rolland Joffe ('The Killing Fields'). The result is masterly, and everything I could have hoped for!
The story, based on true events, depicts the tragedy of a South American tribe at the hands of Church, State and European entrepreneurs over 200 years ago. Bolt and Joffe offer no easy answers to questions of faith, politics and morality, in this painfully modern tale. When is it right to kill for what you believe in? Who should command my loyalties - my country, my family, or my God? Can we ever know what is right or wrong?
The photography is outstanding, the acting courageous and beautifully judged, (including a magnificently restrained Robert de Niro as a reformed slave-trader turned Jesuit), and the story utterly compelling. You will truly care about the lives you witness.
The extra features are worth buying alone! The second disc is a documentary on the making of the film, but more riveting is the director's commentary on disc 1. He explains clearly and passionately the many layers to the making of 'The Mission'. Above all, he explores the extraordinary way in which he employed a genuine South American tribe, who had never seen white people before, let alone a film. As Roffe was unable to direct these indians in the way he would more conventional actors, the indians' performances are more or less their real responses to the scenes Roffe sets up. He handed over a great many decisions to them, and allowed them to choose and act according to their culture and feelings.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Belfast Child on 17 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
This is such an underrated film. In fact many people I speak to have never even heard of it. I watched it initially because of the haunting soundtrack (it would be worth watching for this alone) and was gripped by the storyline. This film shows the devestating effect that colonisation by Europeans had on the native tribes of the Amazon as well as telling the story of courageous missionaries trying to protect those they felt called to serve.

It is beautifully filmed in Uruguay and uses actors from local tribes to add authenticity to the portrayal. The cast are superb with excellent performances from Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons as priests with very different perspectives on the situation they find themselves in.

This film is now available at a ridiculously low price so snap it up and add a film of true quality to your collection. At very least add it to your rental list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Vazquez Quintana on 23 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
This film is curious, because it deals and recounts some adventures and confrontations of Spain and Portugal, the two powers that dominated the World before England and USA. A theme little treated as expensive productions as this aren logically interested in plots generally happening in the USA.
To show this we see two or three prototypes of men that actually existed at these times but I think not abundant today in either the two countries, with the common citizen working hard in pursuit of a sort of "American Way of Life".
But in XVIII century these men existed. Incredibly, Spain and Portugal fought many times one against when really are brother or practically one country, in fact the same country with the same heroes at times of Roman Empire conquest. One is Father Gabriel, a Jesuit with steel discipline and big capacity for work, as most roads of South America still today follow those made by the Jesuits. The other is Rodrigo Mendoza, a hot tempered man of war, no fearing God nor devil, but capable to hate and love and feeling blame something. Rodrigo is also vaguely religious or has some moral at less when dealing with relatives or friends. As it were, Catholic religion at last, forgives all sins... and so, Rodrigo is capable in withstanding all hardships and fighting with dexterity but unfit for common daily work, as he's passionate and womanizer, always ready for adventure, a bit like the famous archetype of Don Juan. I don't know whether the problem with the Guarani indigenous was real, but probably similar problems had to happen in four centuries of domination. The film is enhanced by a impressive soundtrack and landscapes of South America that those conquerors sighted for the first time, but by XVIII century, both Spain and Portugal were in decline as all empires. Today, nor Spain nor Portugal have real enemies in the World excepting terrorism, an example to follow for these countries involved in unfinishable wars.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
One of a trio of big-budget films that was intended to turn Goldcrest into a major producer after a run of successful (mostly) low-budget films but which instead all but destroyed the company, The Mission isn't as irredeemably disastrous as Revolution or as over-reaching as Absolute Beginners, but it's still a disappointment despite its many admirable qualities. Screenwriter Robert Bolt has an interesting, if obscure story to tell in the violent closure of the 18th Century Jesuit missions in Paraguay as part of a territorial wrangle between Spain and Portugal, with the Vatican going along with genocide to avoid political repercussions in Europe while the priests in the missions try to protect their native Guarani converts from the slave traders simply waiting for the Church to withdraw its protection. Robert Bolt's screenplay is strong, thanks to Chris Menges' cinematography the film looks superb and Ennio Morricone's score is one of his best. Yet the film feels as if something is missing, possibly because it is: the work-in-progress version that won the Palme D'Or at Cannes was reputedly nearly twice as long. What's left tells the story and makes its points, but doesn't really touch the heart or carry you along with more than academic interest. But perhaps worst of all, there's a gaping hole where the heart of The Mission should be in the form of Robert De Niro.

He looks the part, learnt fencing, speaks Spanish, yet for all that it's a hollow shell of a performance hiding behind underplayed surface detail.
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