PG | | Adventure, Drama, History
18th-century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.
Many of the people who played the natives, were actual native South Americans who spoke little English. They were given free reign to say whatever lines they wanted, and it is rumored that in a couple of scenes, they're actually cursing up a storm.
Your Holiness, the little matter that brought me here to the furthest edge of your light on Earth is now settled. The Indians are once more free to be enslaved by the Spanish and Portuguese settlers. I don't think that's hitting the right note. ...
While Father Gabriel is playing the oboe at the waterfall, his fingers are clearly not synchronized with the rhythm that is heard.
At the film's very end, after the final credits, Altimarano gives the audience an ambiguous, almost accusing look, as if he were asking it, "Would you or would you not have done this?"
English, Guarani, Spanish, Latin
$40,366 (USA) (31 October 1986)
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