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The Mission (1986 film) Quotes

The Mission (1986 film) is a television program that appeared on TV in 1970 . The Mission ended its run in 1970.

It features Ennio Morricone in charge of musical score, and Chris Menges as head of cinematography.

The Mission (1986 film) is recorded in English, Latin, and Guaraní language and originally aired in United Kingdom. Each episode of The Mission (1986 film) is 125 minutes long. The Mission (1986 film) is distributed by Warner Bros..

The cast includes: Jeremy Irons as Gabriel, Ronald Pickup as Hontar, Ray McAnally as Altamirano, Robert De Niro as Mendoza, Álvaro Guerrero as Jesuit, Liam Neeson as Fielding, Daniel Berrigan as Sebastian, Chuck Low as Cabeza, and Ronald Pickup as N/A.

The Mission (1986 film) Quotes

Ray McAnally as Altamirano

  • (Ray McAnally) "Your Holiness, a surgeon to save the body must often hack off a limb. But in truth nothing could prepare me for the beauty and the power of the limb that I had come here to sever."
  • (Ray McAnally) "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. Begin again -- Your Holiness, I write to you in this year of Our Lord 1758 from the southern continent of the Americas, from the town of Asunción, in the Province of La Plata, two weeks march from the great mission of San Miguel. These missions have provided a refuge for the Indians against the worst depredations of the settlers and have earned much resentment because of it. The noble souls of these indians incline towards music. Indeed, many a violin played in the academies of Rome itself has been made by their nimble and gifted hands. It was from these mission the Jesuit fathers carried the word of God to the high and undiscovered plateau to those Indians still existing in their natural state and received in return, martyrdom."
  • (Ray McAnally) "Why must they fight? Why can't they return to the jungle?"
  • (Jeremy Irons) "Because this is their home. Did you know this was going to be your decision?"
  • (Ray McAnally) "Yes."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "Then why did you come, Your Eminence?"
  • (Ray McAnally) "To persuade you not to resist the transfer of the mission territories. If the Jesuits resist the Portuguese then the Jesuit order will be expelled from Portugal. And if Portugal, then Spain, France, Italy -- who knows? If your order is to survive at all, Father, the missions must here be sacrified."
  • (Ray McAnally) "What are they saying?"
  • (Jeremy Irons) "They say they didn't want to go back to the forest because the devil lives there. They want to stay here."
  • (Ray McAnally) "And what did you say?"
  • (Jeremy Irons) "I said I'd stay with them."
  • (Ray McAnally) "Don Cabeza, how can you possibly refer to this child as an animal?"
  • (Chuck Low) "A parrot can taught to sing, Your Eminence."
  • (Ray McAnally) "Ah yes, but how does one teach it to sing as melodiously as this?"
  • (Chuck Low) "Your Eminence. This is a child of the jungle, an animal with a human voice. It if were human, an animal would cringe at its vices. These creatures are lethal and lecherous. They will have to be subdued by the sword and brought to profitable labor by the whip."
  • (Ray McAnally) "And you have the effrontery to tell me that this slaughter was necessary?"
  • (Ray McAnally) "With an orchestra, the Jesuits could have subdued the whole continent. So it was that the Indians of the Guarani were brought finally to account to the everlasting mercy of God, and to the short-lived mercy of man."
  • (Ray McAnally) "I assure you, Father Gabriel, that the courts of Europe are a jungle in comparison with which your jungle here is a well-kept garden."
  • (Ray McAnally) "What was your income last year?"
  • (Álvaro Guerrero) "Last year, 120,000 escudos."
  • (Ray McAnally) "And how was it distributed?"
  • (Álvaro Guerrero) "It is shared among them equally. This is a community."
  • (Ray McAnally) "Ah yes, there is a French radical group that teaches that doctrine."
  • (Álvaro Guerrero) "Your Eminence, it was the doctrine of the early Christians."
  • (Ray McAnally) "The Garden of Eden."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "It's a trifle overgrown."
  • (Ray McAnally) "With an orchestra, the Jesuits could have subdued the entire continent."

Daniel Berrigan as Sebastian

  • (Daniel Berrigan) "Your Christian community is commercially competitive."
  • (Ray McAnally) "Yes. It's very prosperous. Isn't that precisely why you want to take it over?"
  • (Daniel Berrigan) "No. You should've achieved a noble failure if you wanted the state's approval. There's nothing we like better than a noble failure. It's deeply reassuring to a trading nation such as my own."

Jeremy Irons as Gabriel

  • (Jeremy Irons) "So you're hunting above the falls now, Captain Mendoza?"
  • (Jeremy Irons) "We're building a mission here. We're going to make Christians of these people."
  • (Robert De Niro) "If you have the time."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "So, you're hunting above the falls now, Captain Mendoza? We're building a mission here. We're gonna make Christians of these people."
  • (Robert De Niro) "If you have the time."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "Come with me to my mission in San Carlos. There's so many distractions in here. It's hard to see anything clearly. I think, that, there your prayers might meet with better fortune. I think, there, God would tell you what it would be good to do. And He'd give you the strength and the grace to do it whatever it costs you."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "If might is right, then love has no place in the world. It may be so, it may be so. But I don't have the strength to live in a world like that, Rodrigo."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "We are not the members of a democracy, Father. We are the members of an order."

Robert De Niro as Mendoza

  • (Robert De Niro) "Father, I've come to ask you to bless me."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "No. If you're right, you'll have God's blessing. If you're wrong, my blessing won't mean anything."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Leave me alone. You know what I am."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "Yes. You are a mercenary. You are a slave trader. And you killed your brother. I know. And you loved him -- although you chose a strange way to show it."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Are you laughing at me?"
  • (Jeremy Irons) "I am laughing because what I see is laughable. I see a coward, a man running from the world."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. Love suffereth and love is kind. Love envieth not. Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things. But now abideth faith, hope, love -- these three. But the greatest of these is love."
  • (Robert De Niro) "For me there is no redemption, no penance great enough."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "There is. But do you dare to try it?"
  • (Robert De Niro) "Do you dare to see it fail?"
  • (Robert De Niro) "I'm sorry, I was trained as a mercenary, not as a cook."
  • (Robert De Niro) "For me, there is no redemption."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "God gave us the burden of freedom. You chose your crime. Do you have the courage to choose your penance? Do you dare do that?"

Chuck Low as Cabeza

  • (Chuck Low) "I cannot and will not accept a challenge from a priest. His cloth protects him."
  • (Robert De Niro) "My cloth protects you."
  • (Chuck Low) "Perhaps I'm missing something. I can't see any difference between this and my own."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "That is the difference. This plantation is theirs."

Liam Neeson as Fielding

  • (Liam Neeson) "Father, he's done this penance long enough, and well, the other brothers think the same."
  • (Jeremy Irons) "But he doesn't think so, John. Until he does, neither do I."
  • (Liam Neeson) "How long must he carry that stupid thing?"
  • (Jeremy Irons) "God knows."

Ronald Pickup as N/A

  • (Ronald Pickup) "We must work in the world, your eminence. The world is thus."
  • (Ray McAnally) "No, Señor Hontar. Thus have we made the world -- thus have I made it."
  • (Ronald Pickup) "The Indians of South America are still engaged in a struggle to defend their land and their culture. May of the priests who, inspired by Faith and Love continue to support the rights of the Indians for justice, do so with their lives."

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