- Actors: Tom Berenger, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah, Aidan Quinn, Tom Waits
- Directors: Hector Babenco
- Writers: Hector Babenco, Jean-Claude Carrière, Peter Matthiessen, Vincent Patrick
- Producers: David Nichols, Francisco Ramalho Jr., Paul Zaentz
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 2
- Studio: Universal Studios Ho
- VHS Release Date: May 5, 1993
- Run Time: 189 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6302359848
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
At Play in the Fields of the Lord [VHS]
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I was really pleased with how well the movie stays true to the novel of course some parts are omitted - especially alot in the town of Mae de Deus but then again that would have made this a six hour flick.
A word of caution for those who have not seen this before - This film portrays the indigenous people accurately - there is alot and I mean alot of nudity - if you aren't able to handle other cultures that don't have the hang-ups over nudity as we do (and live in a sweltering jungle of 100+ degrees and 100% humidity) then by all means see this. This is not child porn as some others hint at it being - this is a film of people (these are the real natives) at one with nature and the havoc that is created when the modern world is forced on them, a real morality play, truly sad. I made this movie a must see for my teenage daughters and it is one of my favorite films and novels of all time - a true masterpiece, I rank it right up there with Bergman's "The Seventh Seal".Read more ›
The DVD has been 'hinted at' for well over a year. WHERE IS IT? How can a film this great not have a DVD release, ESPECIALLY WHEN this website has been indicating for a VERY long time that it will be out on DVD?
Kathy Bates as the wife of a missionary who goes loco (that is, she does, not the missionary). Darryl Hannah as another wife of a missionary who's more than intrigued by the native Amazon culture--in particular when she's approached by Tom Berenger, former small craft pilot, who's undergone a startling transformation. Even Tom Waits in a small part is great. John Lithgow and Aidan Quinn as the two missionaries supply the right chemistry to exacerbate the tension that drives this story with a momentum that does not let up.
This is a near-perfect film. SO WHERE IS THE DVD?
Leslie Huben (John Lithgow) a missionary head who believes he can share the greater glory of God by converting the Niaruna Indians into Christians. As a result of his religious hypocrisy, he is far away from winning the trust of the Indians. Instead he ends up losing the trust of his own wife. On the other hand Lewis Moon (Tom Berenger), a half-breed Indian, leaves all his western attachments and attempts to become one of the tribe members. For the Niaruna Indians the strange people that encroach upon their land become a threat to their own existence. Although Moon learns to speak and look like an Indian, he remains a `white man' in the eyes of the Indians because of his acquired western values. After all the efforts, Moon is still in search for his identity.
The chaos that is created by the cultural clashes is really disturbing. This movie certainly focuses on the problems from different viewpoints and the understanding about different cultures is much deepened. However, the answers just seem to raise more questions and the solution of the problem seems ever elusive. With the present global condition with many cultural dominances and religious wars, this movie raises quite relevant questions. Giving our thoughts to those questions may be quite challenging but it will certainly be very rewarding. I wish you greatest level of conscience for watching the movie.
This is a fine film that takes you on a journey into the jungles of South America. It's so realistic that you feel you are there with them. A journey worth taking.
A fine cast actors: Tom Berenger, Aidan Quinn, John Lythgow, Kathy Bates and Daryl Hannah supported by a group of Amazonian tribes. Of course the great scenery of Amazonia itself is a major and a magnificent character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved seeing this complex movie covering the naturally occurring conflicts between a passionate couple trying to convert native Brazilian rain forest tribes to Christianity and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bigfoot
This movie is long, but done so well that three hours go by in no time. It is filmed on location in the Amazon basin, and at the beginning of the film we are
almost treated... Read more
A powerful screenplay, superb acting, excellent cinematography - and a real message to boot! Why on earth hasn't "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" been released on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sterling West
This is one of the best films/casts/scripts ever - especially the Kathy Bates part. WHERE IS THE DVD?Published 9 months ago by Krash
I disagree with a previous reviewer who wrote "The DVD has been 'hinted at' for well over a year. WHERE IS IT? Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robert
I've been waiting for this movie to be released on DVD region 1 and hopefully re-mastered for a long time. It's a good story with great acting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by anart07
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