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    The Mission

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Color / 125 Min.

Close-Captioned _____________

DVD: Playable in United States, Canada and US Territories. _____________

Photo: A Jesuit Priest who peacefully resists the wrong decision of a corrupt Chuch hierarchy. A true story: A sincere and godly Jesuit missionary follows God and his conscience, deciding to "obey God rather than man," and peacefully resist the decision of a politically motivated and morally bankrupt church hierarchy to allow the enslavement and genocide of the Indians he has converted to Christianity.

Photo: Slave trader and Mercenary receives Christ. A slave trader and mercenary (Robert De Niro) gives his life to Christ. _____________

Warner Bros. Goldcrest and Kingsmere present an Enigma Production in Association with Fernando Ghia.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Written by Robert Bolt.  Produced by Fernando Ghia and David Puttnam.  Directed by Roland Joffé.

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Program Content © 1986 Kingsmere Productions, Ltd.  Artwork and Photography © 1986 Warner Bros. Inc. _____________

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Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson  

Winner of the 1986 Cannes Film Festival's Best Picture Award, The Mission earned seven Academy Award® nominations (including Best Picture) and won an Oscar® for best Cinematography. ______________________

"A magnificent achievement.  A remarkable film."

-Gene Shalit, Today Show,  NBC-TV

"A sweeping spectacle."

-Jack Kroll, Newsweek ______________________

Amazon Rain Forest and Waterfall: Hypnotic Beauty

A river flowing through a dense rain forest bears in its turbulence a martyred Jesuit priest bound to a rough-hewn cross.  The dreadful crucifix tumbles through rock-strewn rapids, until, in a moment thick with terror and hypnotic beauty, it plunges 200 feet down the roaring swirl of a waterfall.

A Man of the Sword and a Man of the Cloth: A Slave Trader and A Missionary

That astonishing scene opens The Mission, a powerful epic about a man of the sword (Robert De Niro) and a man of the cloth (Jeremy Irons) who unite to shield a South American Indian tribe from brutal subjugation by 18th-century colonial empires.  Sweeping, lyrical, visually resplendent, The Mission triumphs on two levels: intellectually as a clash between faith and greed, and emotionally as an action-filled clash of wills and cultures.

The Mission brings together many of the talents of The Killing Fields, including co-producer David Putnam, director Roland Joffé and cinematographer Chris Menges.  Their artistry, combined with impassioned acting, writing and music, makes The Mission one of film history's most haunting spectacles.

Winner of the 1986 Cannes Film Festival's Best Picture Award, The Mission earned seven Academy Award® nominations (including Best Picture) and won an Oscar® for best Cinematography.  And, like all great films, it delivers its own rewards to the viewer.  It is epic, unforgettable storytelling at its finest.

(-From the Video's Back Cover) ______________________

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A true story.  Warning: Contains "National Geographic" type partial nudity of natives.  

If there was a special award in the category of Best Cinematography in the Entire History of Film-Making, this Film would probably win it.

Powerful, compelling true story of sincere Jesuit missionaries to Indians in the Amazon rain forest in Colonial times, and how the new converts were "sold out" (to be murdered and captured as slaves) by a Church hierarchy influenced by "International politics" for the preservation of its own power.

Raises the questions of "counting the costs" (even if it costs your life) and "obeying God rather than man."  Also the question of peaceful "non-resistance" versus active violent opposition to evil, when the evil is being perpetrated by governmental authorities and one's own religious superiors and Church. 

One of our all-time favorite movies...we watch this one over and over.

-The Prayer Foundation ______________________________

Tell others about Jesus like Missionaries throughout history have done:

Though not all Christians are called to the ministry of an overseas Missionary, we are all called by God to share our faith (witness) with those who are not Christians.  Some Bible verses that you will find helpful for doing this, and that you may want to commit to memory are found on other pages on our  web site (see: Memory Verses; 2nd Set: Salvation!, Plan of Salvation, and Statement of Faith). _____________________________

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