- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 13, 2003
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: Warner Home Video
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: Making of THE MISSION
- Audio Commentary: Roland Joffe - Director
- Film Highlights:
- Robert DeNiro - Star
- Jeremy Irons - Star
- Liam Neeson - Star
- Roland Joffe - Star
- Aidan Quinn - Star
- Robert Bolt - Screenwriter
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1986 -
Best Cinematography: Chris Menges
Cannes 1986 -
Sight and Sound - 09/01/1986
"...Many dazzling sequences....Joffé is well in command of his emotional commitments..."
Variety - 05/21/1986
"...Spectacular scenery and an extraordinary high degree of production values....Director Joffe has come up with some stunning scenes..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/15/1986
"...THE MISSION is haunting spectacle, it is serious and passionate....It provides Jeremy Irons with a chance for his purest and most searing film performance..."
Total Film - 07/01/2003
"...Earnest in tone, melancholic in mood....If your tear ducts aren't tingling as its credits roll, check your soul..."
Hollywood Reporter - 05/13/2003
"...Ennio Morricone's famous score sounds appropriately mystical and majestic..."
In Roland Joffé's THE MISSION, a swordsman and a priest, both Jesuit missionaries, defy the colonial forces of Spain and Portugal to save an Indian tribe in 18th-century South America.
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Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: November 1986.
- Filmed on location over a 16-week period in Colombia and at the waterfalls of Cataratas del Iguazú on the border of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil.
- Estimated budget: $23 million.
- THE MISSION is based on a true story.
- Two of the missionaries in the film are played by real-life Jesuit clergymen, Daniel Berrigan and Tony Lawn. They also served as technical advisers on the film.
- The film features one of Aidan Quinn's first screen appearances.
- The National Board of Review named THE MISSION one of the 10 Best English-language films of 1986.
- THE MISSION won the Golden Palm at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.
- Chris Menges received the Best Cinematography award from the Los Angeles Film Critics. His opening shot of a crucified man going over a waterfall is one of the most memorable scenes in film history.