The question of grace, of nonviolence, of loyalty and faith that are the weft of "The Mission" are not confined to the Jesuits or to the 18th Century. In their postlude, the film makers extend these concerns to today's priests in South America, and others might include clergy in South Africa and Poland. It is the power of these questions that ultimately sweeps away reservations about the film. "The Mission" becomes a spectacle of conscience.
'THE MISSION' A Warner Bros. release of a Goldcrest and Kingsmere presentation of An Enigma production in association with Fernando Ghia. Producers Ghia, David Puttnam. Director Roland Joffe. Screenplay Robert Bolt. Camera Chris Menges. Editor Jim Clark. Music Ennio Morricone. Production design Stuart Craig. Supervising art director Norman Dorme. Art directors George Richardson, John King. Scenic art director Peter Melrose. Second unit camera Robin Vidgeon. Associate producer Iain Smith. With Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Ronald Pickup, Chuck Low, Daniel Berrigan, Monirak Sisowath, Asuncion Ontiveros, Cherie Lunghi.
Running time: 2 hours, 5 minutes.
MPAA-rated: PG-13 (parents are strongly cautioned to give special guidance for attendance of children under 13)