The Mission & The Untouchables (15)
Part of the A Tribute to Ennio Morricone Season
Ennio Morricone Tribute Double Bill
THE MISSION (1986) d. Roland Joffe Cast: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson - 122mins
Deep in the jungles of South America two men bring God to a native tribe, one a Jesuit Missionary, the other a reformed slave trader. After years of struggle together they find themselves faced with an agonising choice: obey Papal dictate and abandon the mission, or remain to defend the Indians they cherish.
Winner of an Academy Award, three BAFTAs, two Golden Globes and the Palme d'Or at the 1986 Festival de Cannes.
Morricone's work combines liturgical chorales, native drumming, and Spanish-influenced guitars, often in the same track, in an attempt to capture the varying cultures depicted in the film. The main theme, "Falls", remains one of Morricone's most memorable pieces, and has been used in numerous commercials since its original release
On missing out on the Oscar for Best Original Score, Morricone said, "I defintely felt that I should have won for The Mission, especially when you consider that the Oscar-winner that year was Round Midnight, which was not an original score. It had a very good arrangement by Herbie Hancock, but it used existing pieces. So there could be no comparison with The Mission. There was a theft!".
THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987) d. Brian De Palma Cast: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro - 119mins
The film that made Kevin Costner a star, won Sean Connery his only Academy Award to date.
Set in Chicago during Prohibition, "The Untouchables" revolves around Eliot Ness (Costner), a rookie G-man who assembles a rough-and-ready team of unbribable agents to smash Capone's empire. Under the instruction of veteran Irish cop Jimmy Malone (Connery), Ness is forced to become as ruthless as his quarry, resulting in a series of thrilling action set-pieces and some brilliant banter courtesy of screenwriter David Mamet.
There’s no denying how vital Morricone is to De Palma’s gangster epic. From the thudding main titles to the sweeping end credits, his Grammy Award-winning score rarely leaves a frame of the picture, glossing over the historical Chicago scenery, beefing up the undulating tension, and making every onscreen relationship feel palpable. That latter notion is by far the most important facet to his score, as the story’s success is paramount to whether or not you love the characters.
Running Time: 241 minutes