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.
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125 min

Your Holiness, the little matter

that brought me here is now settled.

The Indians are once more free to be enslaved

by the Spanish and Portuguese settlers.

I don't think that's hitting

the right note. Begin again.

Your Holiness, I write to you

in this year of our Lord 1758...

...from the southern continent of the

Americas, from the town of Asuncin...

...two weeks' march from

the great mission of San Miguel.

These missions have protected the Indians

from the depredations of the settlers...

... and have earned much resentment

because of it.

The noble souls of these Indians

incline towards music.

Indeed, many a violin played

in the academies of Rome...

... have been made

by their nimble and gifted hands.

It was from these missions the Jesuit

fathers carried the word of God...

... to those Indians still

existing in their natural state...

... and received in return, martyrdom.

The death of this priest

was to form the first link...

... in the chain of which

I now find myself a part.


As Your Holiness undoubtedly knows...

...little in this world

unfolds as we predict.

How could the Indians have supposed

that the death of that unsung priest...

... would bring among them a man whose life

was to become intertwined with their own?

Thank you, Father.

It was our territory.

Julien's and mine.

I sent him, Father.

I have to go up there myself.

Can you see him?


With an orchestra, the Jesuits could

have subdued the whole continent.

So it was that the Guarani

were brought finally to account...

... to the everlasting mercy of God...

... and to the short-lived

mercy of man.

Who are you?

So you're hunting above the falls now,

Captain Mendoza?

We're building a mission here.

- We'll make Christians of these people.

- Lf you have the time.

It's your brother.

- Alonzo, are they healthy?

- Excellent.


- Are there many above the falls?

- Yes.

- Dangerous?

- Yes.

- Not against powder and shot.

- No.

I've seen Jesuits there.

- Above the falls?

- Yes.

Damn them.

The mission is

to be called San Carlos.

- Don Cabeza.

- Mendoza.

Take them away.

Quickly. Quickly now.

- You should find yourself a good woman.

- I have.

If you had,

you wouldn't look so gloomy.

- Maybe you're right.

- About women, I'm always right.

- How could I forget?

- You forget everything.

- I do, do I?

- You do.



- Good. Now take them off.

- Excellent.

You distract too easily.

On the day the seorita

can't distract my attention...

...I'll become a monk.

- On that day, Felipe...

...half the ladies in this town

will become nuns.

Pure gossip.

Rodrigo is the lady's man.

Rodrigo here is this lady's man.


I love him, Rodrigo.

Since when have you loved Felipe?

Six months.

- Six...?

- I've been trying to tell you.

I have.

Yes, yes, yes, yes.

You have been trying to tell me.

So me you do not love?

Not as I love Felipe.

- Rodrigo, that's the love that I need.

- I see.

And so I have no need?

You need so much.

You deserve so much.

Rodrigo, you won't hurt him, will you?

No, I won't hurt him.

Rodrigo, please.

- You laughed.

- I did not laugh.

Most certainly you laughed.

- At whom are you laughing?

- Don't do this.

Quarrel with me!

Oh, no!

So how goes it at your mission

above the falls?

- Insects and twigs, Father.

- No converts?

A few.

- And many near to it, thank the Lord.

- Thank the Lord, indeed.

- Do you know Rodrigo Mendoza?

- Yes, I know him.

Come with me.

I have a task, and you are

the only one who can do it.

He's been here for six months,

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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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