The Mission

The Mission

Robert De Niro
Director: Roland Joffé Cast: Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
, Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
, Ray McAnally
Ray McAnally
Roland Joffé


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Featuring a majestic score by Ennio Morricone and lush Oscar-winning cinematography by Chris Menges, Roland Joffé's The Mission examines the events surrounding the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, when Spain ceded part of South America to Portugal, and turns this episode into an allegory for the mid-'80s struggles of Latin America. Two European forces are on hand to win the South American natives over to imperialist ways. The plunderers want to extract riches and slaves from the New World. The missionaries, on the other hand, want to convert the Indians to Christianity and win over their souls. Mendoza (Robert De Niro) is an exploiter dabbling in the slave trade. But after he kills his brother Felipe (Aidan Quinn) in a fit of rage, he seeks redemption and calls upon the missionaries to assist him. After repeatedly climbing a cliff with a heavy weight as penance, Mendoza finds redemption and becomes a devout missionary at a settlement run by Gabriel (Jeremy Irons). The missionaries want to promote a new society in which the natives will live together in peace with the Spanish and the Portuguese. But this concept frightens the royal governors, who would rather enslave the natives than encourage peaceful coexistence between the Europeans and the Indians. They order the mission to be burned to the ground. But this event causes a rift between Gabriel, who wants to pray and pursue peaceful resistance, and Mendoza, who wants to take up arms and fight the Europeans.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2019
UPC: 0883929690015
Original Release: 1986
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:05:00
Sales rank: 6,427

Special Features

The Mission - Full length Commentary by Director Roland Joffé; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Mendoza
Jeremy Irons Gabriel
Ray McAnally Altamirano
Liam Neeson Fielding
Aidan Quinn Felipe
Ronald Pickup Hontar
Monirak Sisowath Ibaye
Asuncion Ontiveros Indian chief
Cherie Lunghi Carlotta
Daniel Berrigan Sebastian
Tony Lawn Father Provincial
Rafael Camerano Spanish commander
Maria Teresa Ripoll Carlotta's Maid
Philip Bosco Actor
Carlos Duplat Portuguese Commander
Susie Figgis Actor
Alejandrino Moya Chief's Lieutenant
Juliet Taylor Actor
Charles Low Cabeza
Bercelio Moya Indian Boy
Sigifredo Ismare Witch Doctor
Rolf Gray Young Jesuit
Alvaro Guerrero Jesuit
Joe Daly Nobleman
Silvestre Chiripua Indian
Luis Carlos Gonzalez Boy Singer

Technical Credits
Roland Joffé Director
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Robert Bolt Screenwriter
Jim Clark Editor
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Fernando Ghia Producer
Peter Hutchinson Special Effects
John King Art Director
Tommie Manderson Makeup
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
David Puttnam Producer
George Richardson Art Director
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Enrico Sabbatini Costumes/Costume Designer
Iain Smith Associate Producer
Jack Stephens Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Mission
1. Letter to the Pope [2:46]
2. Over Iguazu Falls [1:36]
3. Credits [2:19]
4. Father Gabriel's Climb [3:15]
5. The Guarani [4:47]
6. Hunting Above the Falls [4:12]
7. Illicit Love [5:18]
8. A Brother's Death [3:28]
9. Double Dare [3:59]
10. Perilous Penance [6:39]
11. Epiphany [4:07]
12. A New Life [4:04]
13. Mendoza's Conversion [2:27]
14. Father Rodrigo [1:56]
15. The Cardinal Arrives [3:25]
16. Meeting His Eminence [5:24]
17. The Apology [:37]
18. Mission Tour [4:44]
19. Cardinal's Conscience [5:55]
20. San Carlos [3:41]
21. Cardinals's Decree [6:46]
22. Sword In Hand [4:44]
23. Closing the Missions [3:20]
24. Call to Arms [1:36]
25. Overnight Raid [1:23]
26. Advancing Troops [2:20]
27. No Place in the World [2:05]
28. Forces in Motion [2:10]
29. Battle Joined [3:45]
30. Ablaze [4:51]
31. Two of Many Martyrs [3:51]
32. Thus Have I Made the World [5:13]
33. Coda and End Credits [2:20]
34. Chapter 34 [5:37]
Disc #2 -- The Mission
1. The Waunana Indians [4:11]
2. Transplanting a Cast [5:22]
3. Influences [2:54]
4. Community [4:02]
5. Hunters and Hunted [5:57]
6. Good Actors [4:12]
7. Redemption Scene [3:54]
8. Sovereign Rights [4:20]
9. Common Problems [4:44]
10. Society's Problems [6:03]
11. Job Dispute [6:02]
12. Social Function [3:41]
13. End Credits [1:46]

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