In 1750 in the rain forest of central South America, Guarani Natives tie a Jesuit priest to a tree, push this crucifix into the river rapids, and watch it plunge over the majestic Iguazu waterfalls. Soon Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons), another Jesuit, arrives to carry on the work of the martyred priest. After scaling the cliffs beside the falls, he takes out an oboe and begins to play. Guarani Natives emerge from the dense jungle and surround him. Through the music, however, they recognize him as a man of peace and take him into their midst. During a raid for Guarani Natives above the falls, the mercenary of slaves Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro) encounters Gabriel and learns that the Jesuits are building a mission there. Months later, Mendoza and Gabriel meet again. In a fit of jealous anger over losing his mistress, Mendoza has killed his brother, and he has sunk into a deep depression. Gabriel challenges him to have the courage to live and to choose a penance for his crime. When the priest, Fielding (Liam Neeson), and other Jesuits next climb the cliffs by Iguazu Falls, Mendoza is with them, dragging behind him a sack filled with his armor and sword. At the mission, the Guarani people, whom he had once persecuted, welcome him into their community. Eventually, Mendoza takes vows to become a member of the Jesuit order.


47 Replies to “THE MISSION – FULL MOVIE”

  1. What a stunning movie, I have loved it from the first day I saw it. Historically inaccurate or not, costume wrong choices? Let the movie stand for the beauty that it shows.
    Hate to break it you people, spoiler alert, it 's just a movie.

  2. The other story I like that has not been told yet in film is the founding of St. Augustine by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. Here is a Spaniard who had no desire for gold or religion per se'. He possessed a practical minded approach in settlement building ordered what was necessary working with no better than a stick for defense and founded a true thriving democracy among three distinct first world American cultures. Since this story happened 55 years before the landing of the British Pilgrims in Plymouth Rock (1620) it is America's original founding story. It also precedes Jamestown by the British (1607) and the arrival of the Dutch. There is nothing on the planet like the story of St. Augustine of the Spanish, Native Americans and first Africans. It is the alternate story of America to the story of empires, kings and monarchs finding America and its breaking away from those empires. On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed on the shore of what is now called Matanzas Bay and began the founding of the Presidio of San Agustin. Later the settlement would be called St. Augustine, Florida.The public is not ready for this story– some would say, but I disagree. The public is always ready for an honest look at itself. If done with the technological craftwork this film is made—it would be nothing short of a masterpiece film.

  3. The Society of Jesus (S.J. – from Latin: Societas Iesu) is a scholarly religious congregation of the Catholic Church which originated in sixteenth-century Spain.

    The members are called Jesuits.

    The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents.

    Jesuits work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits.

    Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, sponsor direct social ministries, and promote ecumenical dialogue.

    Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque nobleman from the Pyrenees area of northern Spain, founded the society after discerning his spiritual vocation while recovering from a wound sustained in the Battle of Pamplona.

    He composed the Spiritual Exercises to help others follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    In 1534, Ignatius and six other young men, including Francis Xavier and Peter Faber, gathered and professed vows of poverty, chastity, and later obedience, including a special vow of obedience to the Pope in matters of mission direction and assignment.

    Ignatius's plan of the order's organization was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540 by a bull containing the "Formula of the Institute".

    Ignatius was a nobleman who had a military background, and the members of the society were supposed to accept orders anywhere in the world, where they might be required to live in extreme conditions.

    Accordingly, the opening lines of the founding document declared that the society was founded for "whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God, to strive especially for the defence and propagation of the faith and for the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine."

    Jesuits are thus sometimes referred to colloquially as "God's soldiers", "God's marines", or "the Company", which evolved from references to Ignatius' history as a soldier and the society's commitment to accepting orders anywhere and to endure any conditions.

    The society participated in the Counter-Reformation and, later, in the implementation of the Second Vatican Council.

    The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General.

    The headquarters of the society, its General Curia, is in Rome.

    The historic curia of St. Ignatius is now part of the Collegio del Gesù attached to the Church of the Gesù, the Jesuit mother church.

    In 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first Jesuit to be elected Pope, taking the name Pope Francis.

  4. Wow what an interesting message this movie is to 2018? But just like always anyone who is TRULY interested in making a start on changing the message being moment to moment drummed into the minds of humans, like daily☹️😡😶, then obviously is that it falls on deaf ears. CosmicGypsy27

  5. Beautiful movie but historically inaccurate. It was not the pope and the Spanish who wanted the missions destroyed but the British empire. The British payed the Portuguese to destroyed mission because the mission where producing Yerba mate which was the biggest competition to the British tea monopoly.

  6. Jesuits were banned in America in 1758, Carlos III and the Church conspired. Converting natives to Christianity, made them equal and not subjects of slavery. The Missions in North and South America are the remains of the first struggle to accept that all people are equal. Bad luck that humans predates on its own species. Not foreseen in the Bible.

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