Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) enters the Guarani lands in South America with the purpose of converting the natives to Christianity. He soon builds a mission, where he is joined by Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro), a reformed slave trader seeking redemption. When a treaty transfers the land from Spain to Portugal, the Portuguese government wants to capture the natives for slave labor. Mendoza and Gabriel resolve to defend the mission, but disagree on how to accomplish the task.
This movie is not for the faint of heart. Older teens will like it and adults should see it at least once in their lifetime. Watch carefully to see how the hero’s carrying of the netting full of supplies compares to the way we all carry our own burdens – and the forgiveness that can set them free.
Runtime 125 mins