The Mission: Special Edition

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Released 1986

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The Mission: Special Edition

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Director:
Roland Joffé
Released:
1986
Rating:
PG

The Mission: Special Edition is a British drama film about the Jesuit Reductions in the mid-18th century. Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) is a Jesuit missionary that enters a South American jungle to build a mission and convert the indigenous Guarini to Christianity. Though met with some initial resistance, he is soon permitted to set up his mission and help the villagers. Meanwhile, Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro), a mercenary and slaver, kidnaps natives and sells them to nearby plantations as slaves for money. He catches his fianc''e and his brother, Felipe (Aidan Quinn), cheating on him and challenges Felipe to a duel, killing Felipe and sliding into a depression. Father Gabriel, hearing of Mendoza's plight, challenges him to undertake penance and conversion to the clergy. After undertaking a grueling journey to the mission camp, Mendoza finds forgiveness and new purpose in his life by aiding the Guarini as a priest. Unfortunately, when life seems well for the mission camp, political forces at work overseas and the greed of the local colonials threaten to destroy everything Gabriel and Mendoza have built.

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