The Mission (1985)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 4 mins

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A Spanish Jesuit goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region. A slave hunter joins his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portugese aggressors.
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Cast: Robert De Niro

Crew: Roland Joffé (Director), Chris Menges (Director of Photography), Ennio Morricone (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

Release Dates: 03 Nov 1985 (India)

English Name: The Mission

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Did you know? The film was made and released about four years after its uncredited source book "The Lost Cities of Paraguay" by Father C. J. McNaspy had been first published in 1982. McNaspy also acted as a historical consultant to the film's production which was loosely based on McNaspy's work. Read More
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as Rodrigo Mendoza
as Felipe Mendoza
as Indian Chief
as Jesuit
as Indian Boy
as Portuguese Commander
as Carlotta
as Cabeza
as Sebastian
as Father Gabriel
as Nobleman
as Fielding
as Boy Singer
as Carlotta's Maid
as Ibaye
as Spanish Commander
as Cardinal Altamirano
as Hontar
as Witch Doctor
as Indian
as Father Provincial

Direction

Director
First Assistant Director
Associate Director
Assistant Director

Production

Executive Producer
Associate Producer
Production Manager
Production Assistant

Writers

Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Camera Operator
Electrician

Music

Music Director

Sound

Sound Mixer
Boom Operator

Art

Production Designer
Prop Master
Carpenter

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Editorial

Editor
Associate Editor
First Assistant Editor

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Supervisor

Special Effects

Special Effects Technician

Stunts

Stunt Coordinator

Thanks

Special Thanks
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Camera:
ARRIFLEX 35 BL
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Goofs:
Audio/Video Mismatch
In the scene in which the young Guarani boy sings heavenly, but Cabeza calls him an animal nonetheless, Father Gabriel gives a speech in the boy's defense. The gathering's reaction is first observed, but as the image briefly cuts to Gabriel, it is visible that his lips do not move, even though he is not through with his speech yet.

Continuity
When Gabriel slips on the rocks near the beginning, climbing shoes are briefly visible before we once again see Gabriel climbing barefoot.
Trivia:
Many of the people who played the natives were actual native South Americans who spoke little English. They were given free reign to say whatever lines they wanted, and it is rumored that in a couple scenes they're actually cursing up a storm.

The elderly priest sometimes seen traveling in the background is actually Daniel Berrigan, S.J. He is a well known Jesuit priest and professor who, along with his brother, is known for his work in human rights and social justice. He has one line in the film: He says "no".

Many movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "Deep in the jungles of South America two men bring civilization to a native tribe. Now, after years of struggle together, they find themselves on opposite sides in a dramatic fight for the natives' independence. One will trust in the power of prayer. One will believe in the might of the sword".

The film was made and released about four years after its uncredited source book "The Lost Cities of Paraguay" by Father C. J. McNaspy had been first published in 1982. McNaspy also acted as a historical consultant to the film's production which was loosely based on McNaspy's work.