The Mission
The Mission (1986)

In director Roland Joffe's historical epic The Mission, Jeremy Irons stars as Gabriel, an 18th-century Jesuit priest sent to the jungles of Brazil to build a Guarani Indian mission. Upon his arrival, Gabriel meets the slave trader… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 31, 1986
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
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Variety Staff

The two principal actors, Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, work hard to animate their parts. But there is little to do. The Mission is probably the first film in which De Niro gives a bland, uninteresting performance.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

"The Mission" is everything a movie should be -- magnificently produced, epic in scope, serious in theme -- everything, that is, but good.

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Emanuel Levy

Joffe's pseudo-epic about slave trading and missionaries in South America is attractive to look at but distorted and anachronistic.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The Mission manages to be both magnificent and curiously uninvolving, a buddy movie played in soutanes.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

"The Mission" effectively dramatizes yet another chapter in the ruthless European conquest of the Americas. It'll make you hate the whole of western civilization with every fiber of your being.

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Clint Morris

A near-masterpiece. De Niro is excellent.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

A singularly lumpy sort of movie.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a little too pious for its own good. Be that as it may, the movie's heart is in the right place.

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Steve Crum

Atmospheric, fascinating drama set in deep jungle with strong De Niro and Irons.

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A remarkable and profoundly moving drama about redemption and the transforming power of love, not only visually stunning and boasting a wonderful Ennio… More
xGary Xx
An ex slave trader seeking penance after murdering his brother in a jealous rage joins a Jesuit mission in the South American jungle , but when the colonial… More
Lucas Martins
Moving and beautiful. The Mission, with a great direction and majestic score of the master Morricone, make this film an unforgettable powerful piece of work in… More
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Everyone love a tradgedy!
Chris Weber
Based on actual events, this film, despite being a little erratic and flawed, is still a pretty good look at a fascinating subject. The story concerns a group… More
Lady D'arbanville
The Mission started out as quite a fascinating story, showing wonderous views and delving into the Native American culture. The story is one certainly worthy… More