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Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons star as two men of God who, by very different means, defy the greatest military powers of the world to protect the people who seek sanctuary in The Mission. 1756, Spain and Portugal, the two great global powers, have signed a treaty dividing the entire world between the slave-trading Portuguese empire and the Spanish empire, which has outlawed slavery. Deep in the Amazon rain forest, just inside the Spanish side of the meridian dividing the two domains, lies a Christian mission run by the deeply spiritual Gabriel (Irons) and former-slave trader, soldier and murderer Rodrigo(De Niro), who seeks his own personal redemption.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: The Mission is a well-meaning epic given delicate heft by its sumptuous visuals and a standout score by Ennio Morricone, but its staid presentation never stirs an emotional investment in its characters.
Common Sense Media
But the sum of these parts is a formless ramble. Any interesting ideas get lost and director Roland Joffe's poor judgement in having real screaming babies piled up in mud and rain is a misstep that wipes out any goodwill toward the snail's pace story.
January 3, 2023
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- Genre:Action, Drama
- Release Date:October 31, 1986
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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