PG | | Adventure, Drama, History
Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.
As compensation, Spain promised each mission four thousand pesos, or fewer than one peso for each of the roughly thirty thousand Guaranis of the seven missions, while the cultivated lands, livestock, and buildings were estimated to be worth seven to sixteen million pesos. (James Schofield Saeger (1995) "The Mission and Historical Missions: Film and the Writing of History." The Americas, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 393-415.)
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. ...
The cut glass decanter depicted when Cardinal Altamirano visits the missions is a Regency or Victorian style not produced until after the early 1800s.
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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