The Mission


(out of 5)

Roland Joffe followed The Killing Fields with this good but less impressive film set in the remote jungles of Brazil.   plays a priest who travels to this supposedly ‘uncivilized’ part of the world to bring Christ to the natives, and comes upon a Portuguese slaver () who wants to commit suicide after having killed his brother in a rage.  Irons convinces De Niro not to throw his life away but dedicate it to the church, and De Niro becomes so penitent that he decides to become a priest and help Irons in his work with the people. When the Portuguese take control over the land again, however, De Niro decides to lead the locals in a violent revolt against the slave traders while Irons tries to encourage a peaceful resolution. Beautifully photographed and lushly scored by Ennio Morricone, the film’s story sounds a lot better than it plays out, and some viewers might find it a deadly bore. The acting is excellent, however, and the locations irresistible to anyone curious enough.  This was the last feature film script written by the great Robert Bolt, who won Academy Awards for Doctor Zhivago and A Man For All Seasons.

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United Kingdom, 1986

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Story and screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1986

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Academy Award
Best Cinematography (Chris Menges)

Best Art Direction (art direction: Stuart Craig; set decoration: Jack Stephens)
Best Costume Design (Enrico Sabbatini)
Best Director (Roland Joffe)
Best Film Editing (Jim Clark)
Best Music (Original Score) (Ennio Morricone)
Best Picture (Fernando Ghia, David Puttnam, producers)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Screenplay (Robert Bolt)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Ennio Morricone)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Jeremy Irons)
Best Director (Roland Joffe)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Cinematographer (Chris Menges)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Cinematography (Chris Menges)

Best Music (Ennio Morricone)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Cannes Film Festival Award
Palme D’Or

British Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ray McAnally)
Best Editing
Best Score

Best Film
Best Direction (Roland Joffe)
Best Screenplay – Original
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Sound
Best Special Visual Effects
Best Production Design

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film



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