The Mission

Released 1986


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Roland Joffé

The Mission is a 1986 historical epic about 18th century South America, starring Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. The film explores the conflicting European forces in the region after the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, in which Spain ceded a portion of South America to Portugal. Portuguese slave trader Mendoza (Robert De Niro) comes to the continent to gather bodies and riches for his own enrichment, whereas Jesuit priest, Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) has built a mission to gather souls for the Catholic Church. Gabriel envisions a new world where the Portuguese, Spanish, and Indians can live together in a harmonious new society. The two different approaches to conquest converge when Mendoza comes to the church seeking penance after his anger results in a tragic death. Director Roland Joffe won the Best Picture Award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival for this thoughtful film that explores the both the politics and human lives of the era.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The Mission is beautiful to look at, features impeccable period and setting detail, and offers a fascinating and tragic backstory, but it falls short in many simple human qualities...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    All that was needed to pull these elements together was a structure that would clearly define who the characters were, what they stood for and why we should care about them. Unfort...

  • 50

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    This review is a mournful warning, because this film comes to town with all sorts of honors and an impressive line-up. And yet it turns out to be nothing more than a well-intention...

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80s, Politics, Social Issues, Religion & Spirituality, Historical