Director: Roland Joffé
Writer: Robert Bolt
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally
Runtime: 125 mins
Plot: In danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal, 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to defend a remote South American Indian tribe.
Review: The film is set in the 1750s involving Spanish Jesuit Father Gabriel who enters Argentina and the western Paraguayan jungle in order to build a station to convert a Gurani tribe to Christianity forcefully. The main role in the movie is Mendoza, played by Robert De Niro who is initially a slave trader in the film. The movie contains many elements such as crime, culture, ideology, and violence making the film a very diverse one.
The movie was produced by David Puttnam and directed by Roland Joffe, the team that made “The Killing Fields”. The movie is a massively expensive production that kept moving forward thanks to its brilliant story-telling. Other than the story, the locations selected are spectacular. All the actors have played their parts with utmost coherence. The movie is powerful, atmospheric and magnificently made, with the representation of political view of the conflict among state, church and capitalism.