In South America in the 17th and 18th centuries, various religious orders established missions to convert the indigenous peoples to Christianity, to "civilize" them, and to provide a sanctuary from slavery. The most successful of these missions were run by the Jesuits for the Guaraní Indians. In about 1752, the Church and the Spanish Crown ordered the missions disbanded. The Guaraní, led by dissident Jesuits, refused to abide by the order and rose in a short lived rebellion. This film tells a fictional story of the revolt.
1986 nominated for Best Picture
(Academy awards, BAFTA and Golden Globes)
Winner of 1986 Palm D'or at the Cannes Film Festival
Starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons
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