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THE MISSION VHS 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. That astonishing scene opens THE MISSION, a powerful 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. 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 Puttnam, director Roland Joffe 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. Won an Oscar for Best Ceinematography. 1986 Rated PG* Color* Running Time 125 Minutes.
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