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The Mission
Director: Roland Joffé
Screenplay: Robert Bolt
Producer: Alejandro Azzano, David Puttnam, Felipe López Caballero, Fernando Ghia, Iain Smith
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi
Genre: Art House & International

Running Time: 125
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Special Edition
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  May 2003 Discs:  2 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  Music to an ear that isn’t atuned to your way of speaking, says a lot. The film composer, Ennio Morricone, turns in one of his best musical compositions ever! Morricone is my absolute favorite.

DeNiro's character, when struck down by a horrible sin of his own doing, in repentance for that sin trudges up a mountain side with a huge bag of swords and armor, those things that so weighted him down before, must be brought up to where the very people he persecuted freed him. Sometimes God would have us do that and it takes a long time, yet is joyful at the end.

"The Mission" is truly remarkable! Contrary to the email that I saw on Amazon.com, it is filled such hope when the children at the very end of the film go out and start a new village, to take the Word of Christ and raise a family by it. It is interesting how Jeremy Irons did not get it, but DeNiro's character did. The Jesuits, following Irons, and suffering from a lack of true Biblical knowledge (love and might aren't to polar opposites, instead God is a God of love and God of wrath) and sadly did not see a better day coming, even if it takes many, many years to do it!

(The Jesuits, like so many, follow a Christ who is on the cross, and also Mariolatry [the worship of Mary]. We serve a Risen Christ!)

Funny how the ones who represent Spain and Portugal, along with the priest who sentenced the work of God to cease, are like the three mousekateers. I say "mouse" because they are rats, scurrying about, eating what they may, all the while storing up the wrath of God.

DeNiro died a patriot's death. The little boy, who took the boat with all those children, knew this.

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