The Mission

The Mission

By Roland Joffé

  • Genre: Roland Joffé
  • Release Date: 1986-10-31
  • Advisory Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2h 5min
  • Director: Roland Joffé
  • Production Company: AMLF
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 713 Ratings


Sweeping and visually resplendent, The Mission is a powerful action epic about a man of the sword (Robert DeNiro) 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. It reunites key talents behind The Killing Fields: co-producer David Puttnam, director Roland Joffe and cinematographer Chris Menges. Winner of the 1986 Cannes Film Festival Best Picture Award, the film earned seven Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture) and won a Best Cinematography Oscar. Robert Bolt's thoughtful screenplay and Ennio Morricone's rich score won Golden Globe Awards. The Mission is screen storytelling that weaves a haunting spell.




  • 4 and a half/5

    By Xavier Sharp
    Everything about this movie is fantastic minus just three things (two minor, one major): First, the acting for the first half isn't up to par with what should be cinematic standard. It's not awful, but there are clearly a couple of holes. Secondly, the special effects and action scenes are not what they should be in the mid-1980's. Finally, what I believe to be the only thing preventing it from a 5 star rating is its lack of big-picture focus. Apart from the fictional names, the film follows the history fairly well. But, while it shows how history played out among the tribes and missions, it fails to make more than a mention of the political pressure that the cardinal must have been facing. Had the film shown more of the political picture, I think it not only could have been flawless, but also could have been a bit more interesting for that one 30-minute stretch. If you've seen the film, you know which one I'm talking about. Being bored isn't usually my problem, and wasn't in this case, but it certainly would have been vastly more interesting.
  • Garbage

    By Tsnowt
    I'd give this zero stars if I could. The director manages to get a bad performance out of De Niro and an emotionless mass murder of tribal people. Forgettable and dull.
  • Great movie documenting the Spanish/Catholic cultural destruction

    By ericet74
    200+ years after Spain along with Catholic priests in a similar fashion (although Tagalog/Bisayan people were much more sofisticated) started to wipe out the culture of the Philippine Islands.
  • Great movie, real history was sadder

    By Stratozyck
    In the historical event this is based upon, the missionaries let the natives get killed without defending. So this is kind of a “we wish this would have had happened instead.” But still great movie.
  • Incredibly powerful movie

    By Skharz
    Man's ability to heap injustice on man is limitless. This is a very well done movie.
  • The Mission

    By Exsultate Jubilate
    A gorgeous film! It deserves the Oscar it received for Best Cinematography. The acting is superb. However, it's a bit of a stretch to make any Jesuits look like good guys - 'cuz that Roman Catholic Order never has been and never will be "good". The film does however uncover the Vatican allowing slavery to keep favor with Spain and Portugal...dirty politics. This is a must-see film.
  • The Mission

    What a wonderful movie of the Jesuit missionaries doing such amazing work. The scenery was beyond beautiful and they were definitely men on an adventure for the Lord. Jeremy Irons never disappoints,.. it was fun to see such young actors such as Liam Neisom and Robert DiNero.
  • The Mission

    By Oesluv
    Best true movie I have ever seen. Extremely well done in all aspects of photography, music, actions and acting.
  • Very good on many levels

    By Gregg Thurman
    Apart from the cinematography and all that "movie critic" mumbo jumbo, it was nice to see so many of today’s major stars at the beginnings of their careers in one movie. About the movie, I think it accurately depicts the Catholic Church’s historic acquiescence to political and financial considerations, ignoring the consequential expense to those it was supposed to serve.
  • Volume is very low even when turned up all the way

    By RockNLocks
    Just a heads-up. This may not be an issue for someone who has better volume control, but we found it very difficult to hear the audio even with iTunes and my Mac volume turned all the way up. It may be because it is an older movie and was transferred from an older format.