The Mission

Synopsis: Jeremy Irons plays a Spanish Jesuit who goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region. Robert DeNiro plays a slave hunter who is converted and joins Irons in his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portuguese aggressors.
Director(s): Roland Joffé
Production: Warner Home Video
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 27 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min

but he won't see anybody.

I think he wants to die.

So... killed your brother.

And it was a duel.

And the law can't touch you.

Is this remorse?



Maybe you wish I was your executioner.

Perhaps that would be easier.

Leave me alone.

- You know what I am.

- Yes.

You're a mercenary,

you're a slave trader...

...and you killed your brother.

I know.

And you loved him.

Although you chose

a strange way to show it.

Are you laughing at me?

Are you laughing at me?

I'm laughing at you...

...because all I see is laughable.

I see a man running away, a man

hiding from the world. I see a coward.

Go on.

Go on.

So is that it?

Is this how you mean to go on?

- There is nothing else.

- There is life.

- There is no life.

- There is a way out, Mendoza.

For me, there is no redemption.

God gave us the burden of freedom.

You chose your crime.

Do you have the courage to choose

your penance? Do you dare do that?

There is no penance

hard enough for me.

- But do you dare try it?

- Do I dare?

Do you dare to see it fail?

- Father?

- Aye?

How long must he carry

that stupid thing?

God knows, Father John.

- Ralph, here.

- Thank you.


He's done this penance long enough, and,

well, the other brothers think the same.

But he doesn't think so, John.

Until he does, neither do I.

We're not the members of a democracy,

Father. We're members of an order.



Thank you.

Thank you, Lord, for our food

and all your other blessings. Amen.

Oh, good Lord.

- Did you cook this?

- Yes.

Did you put in all the chilies?

Lm afraid I did.

Lm sorry. I was trained

as a mercenary, not as a cook.

- This is true.

- Its dreadful.

- But the bread is good.

- Its not bad.

Father, I want to thank you

for having me here.

You should thank the Guarani.

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Robert Bolt

British left-wing playwright best known for his screenplay for the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia directed by David Lean. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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