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The Mission (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2003)

Robert De Niro , Jeremy Irons , Roland Joffé  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (746 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn
  • Directors: Roland Joffé
  • Writers: Robert Bolt
  • Producers: Fernando Ghia, David Puttnam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (746 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXBH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mission (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-new digital soundtrack remastered in 5.1 Dolby
  • Omnibus: The Making of "The Mission": a one-hour documentary examing the film's on-location shoot and the Waunana indians cast in the picture

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The Mission depicts the challenge of conscience that confronts us all in a world convulsed by power, greed, and violence. Its power lies in the way it convinces us that the fierce conflict-ridden world we see on the screen is similar to the one in which we live today. At the same time, The Mission is a deeply moving film that reminds us of the vitality of love, the miracle of grace, and the transforming power of acts of conscience. --Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

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Featuring a majestic score by Ennio Morricone and lush Oscar-winning cinematography by Chris Menges. It won the top prize at Cannes in 1986 and was nominated for a Best Film Oscar. The film is shot through with piercing, haunting imagery, pictures of enduring imaginative force. A visually stunning epic, THE MISSION recounts the true story of two men--a man of the sword (Robert De Niro) and a man of the cloth (Jeremy Irons)--both Jesuit missionaries who defied the colonial forces of mighty Spain and Portugal to save an Indian tribe from slavery in mid-18th-century South America. Mendoza (De Niro) is a slave trader and colonial imperialist who murdered his own brother (Aidan Quinn) and seeks penance for his sins by becomining a missionary at Father Gabriel's (Irons) mountaintop mission. The Mission is a rich and thought-provoking. It contains moving images of despair, penance, and redemption that are among the most evocative ever filmed.

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerisingly brilliant film experience July 14, 1999
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This isn't just an excellent movie, it's nothing short of an experience that stirs your very soul. A masterpiece of cinematic art, it's unpretentious in its courage, raw in its rugged beauty and heart-wrenching in its honesty. Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro looked like two actors who transcended their performances and got enveloped in a real embrace of the movie's theme about courage and redemption whilst making this film. The powerful current of passion in this movie is beautifully directed and surges as the movie progresses, until its climatic ending which leaves the viewer both lifted and drained. A totally underrated movie by Hollywood standards, it ironically redeems tinseltown from the bulk of what it churns out these days. A very brilliant film that demands repeated watchings to further appreciate, not to mention an unearthly film score that's short of a better word, "HEAVENLY"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning March 30, 2007
This is a true story and it is a very sad one in the history of the west and of the church.

Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson and many more take us through the history of slavers in South America. Irons, who plays a Spanish Jesuit Priest, goes into the wilderness to build a mission, to convert the Indians. DeNiro plays a slaver who eventually joins Irons' mission and serves the native peoples.

The main question in this film is that of ownership, and the right to make slaves. The mission begins in Spanish territory that is sold to the Portuguese. The Portuguese do not want to accept that the natives are humans - but at best trained monkeys - and that their Christianity does not protect them from becoming slaves. The Cardinal who came to oversee the decision came with a decision already made, and his inner turmoil, as the narrator, draws the viewer into the political side of the decision and the political side of the church's role in the decision, at that time, in a way that few other films ever have.

The film is a cinematographic masterpiece. While watching the movie, pay close attention to light and darkness, the music, and the angles used in filming. This movie is great and a must see because of the story it tells and the way it tells it. It is truly a film and not just a movie.
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88 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BreathTaking Tale of Exploration and Colonialization January 5, 2004
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This is provocative cinema adventure of priests taking Kingdom of God to a native population yet untouched by advancing culture and technology.
DeNiro is powerful in role of changed mercenary/slavetrader who jumps sides, while Irons is just superb in role of spiritual giant with magic oboe who leads this people against all odds only to be overran -- or were they?
The storyline develops slowly yet beautifully in this magnificent landscape of South America. What makes it all one moving drama is a great soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Beautiful Film June 7, 2001
Roland Joffe has created a visually stunning masterpiece with The Mission which also won the coveted Palme D'Or at Cannes in 1986. From the opening sequence with the crucified Jesuit being placed in the slow moving river only to be caught up in the rapids and then over a spectacular waterfall - STUNNING - you are transported to a very magical and dangerous time. Roland Joffe films on location in the amazon basin and captures the feel of the jungle. Joffe tries to capture the redemption of man and his service to others. First there is Jeremy Irons coming to grips with himself being the one who had sent the previous missionary that met with the fate of crucifixion and the withdrawl of support from the papacy; and there is Robert De Niro's character - a slave trader that murders his brother in a jealous rage only to later repent and become a Jesuit himself. Rodrigo's (De Niro) penance begins with him dragging all of his weaponary and armor with him through rivers and up mountains and sheer cliffs - a breathtaking sequence. When he is forgiven by the very natives that he had previously killed and enslaved, you feel your own tears flowing with his.
This film is fairly accurate in a historical sense - and really captures the zeal that the early members of The Society of Jesus (Jeusuits) had for spreading the gospel and "civilization". The aspects of the wealthy power brokers working with the papacy to try to rid the New World of the missionaries is very accurate. All in all a wonderful movie - one that I never tire of watching. Other movies in this same vein include Black Robe (A Jesuit in Quebec) and the often overlooked At Play in the Fields of the Lord - which is a wonderful adaption of the novel - another must read is the late Fr. Malachi Martin's book The Jesuits - it provides additional background information behind this movie. This is one of those movies that everyone should see at least once - and that will probably not be enough.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Breathtaking Movie May 10, 2002
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The Mission stars Jeremy Irons and Robert DeNiro, but also includes brief performances from Liam Neeson and Aidan Quinn. The movie is set in the jungles of South America during the late 1700s.
Jeremy Irons is a Jesuit priest trying to convert and protect the indigenous people. DeNiro is excellent in his portrayal of a hot-blooded slave-trader who has a change of heart. Together, they will struggle to save the people from takeover by the commercial exploits of the Spanish and Portuguese.
The story moves very well, and the scenery is gorgeous. I believe this film won an Oscar for its cinematography. The musical score is hauntingly beautiful. The message is still powerful today. I would recommend seeing this.
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I never located any pre-release information on the special features. But, having received my copy, the Blu-Ray includes the excellent "Omnibus" documentary that appeared on the DVD edition as well as the theatrical trailer.
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