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Featuring a majestic score by Ennio Morricone and lush Oscar-winning cinematography by Chris Menges, Roland Joffé's Chris Menges examines the events surrounding the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, when Spain ceded part of South America to Portugal, and turns this episode into an allegory for the mid-'80s struggles of Latin America. Two European forces are on hand to win the South American natives over to imperialist ways. The plunderers want to extract riches and slaves from the New World. The missionaries, on the other hand, want to convert the Indians to Christianity and win over their souls. Mendoza (Robert De Niro) is an exploiter dabbling in the slave trade. But after he kills his brother Felipe (Aidan Quinn) in a fit of rage, he seeks redemption and calls upon the missionaries to assist him. After repeatedly climbing a cliff with a heavy weight as penance, Mendoza finds redemption and becomes a devout missionary at a settlement run by Gabriel (Jeremy Irons). The missionaries want to promote a new society in which the natives will live together in peace with the Spanish and the Portuguese. But this concept frightens the royal governors, who would rather enslave the natives than encourage peaceful coexistence between the Europeans and the Indians. They order the mission to be burned to the ground. But this event causes a rift between Gabriel, who wants to pray and pursue peaceful resistance, and Mendoza, who wants to take up arms and fight the Europeans. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:October 31, 1986

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stuart Craig Best Production Design 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stuart Craig Best Art Direction 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Puttnam Best Picture 1986 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ennio Morricone Best Score 1986 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ennio Morricone Best Score 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ennio Morricone Best Score 1986 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jeremy Irons Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1986 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Bolt Best Screenplay 1986 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Bolt Best Original Screenplay 1986 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Enrico Sabbatini Best Costume Design 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Enrico Sabbatini Best Costume Design 1986 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Roland Joffé Best Director 1986 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Roland Joffé Best Director 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roland Joffé Best Director 1986 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ray McAnally Best Supporting Actor 1986 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jim Clark Editing Award 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jim Clark Best Editing 1986 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Chris Menges Best Cinematography 1985 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Chris Menges Best Cinematography 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chris Menges Best Cinematography 1986 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Chris Menges Best Cinematography 1986 Nominee

Cast

Robert De Niro
as Mendoza
Jeremy Irons
as Gabriel
Ray McAnally
as Altamirano
Liam Neeson
as Fielding
Aidan Quinn
as Felipe
Ronald Pickup
as Hontar
Monirak Sisowath
as Ibaye
Asuncion Ontiveros
as Indian chief
Cherie Lunghi
as Carlotta
Rev. Daniel Berrigan
as Sebastian
Tony Lawn
as Father Provincial
Rafael Camerano
as Spanish commander
Philip Bosco
Carlos Duplat
as Portuguese Commander
Susie Figgis
Alejandrino Moya
as Chief's Lieutenant
Juliet Taylor
Chuck Low
as Cabeza
Bercelio Moya
as Indian Boy
Sigifredo Ismare
as Witch Doctor
Rolf Gray
as Young Jesuit
Alvaro Guerrero
as Jesuit
Silvestre Chiripua
as Indian
Chuck Low
as Cabeza
Alejandrino Moya
as Chief's Lieutenant
Rolf Gray
as Young Jesuit
Bercelio Moya
as Indian Boy
Carlos Duplat
as Portuguese Commander
Alvaro Guerrero
as Jesuit
Sigifredo Ismare
as Witch Doctor

Crew

Roland Joffé
Director
David Puttnam
Producer
Robert Bolt
Screenwriter
Chris Menges
Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Jim Clark
Editor
Stuart Craig
Production Designer
John King
Art Director
Norman Dorme
Art Director
Iain Smith
Associate Producer
Enrico Sabbatini
Costume Designer
Peter Hutchinson
Special Effects
Michael Roberts
Camera Operator
Vic Armstrong
Stunts
Tommie Manderson
Makeup
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