At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)


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In a remote branch of the Brazilian Amazon, Americans Lewis (Tom Berenger) and Wolf (Tom Waits) are stranded when their plane runs out of gas. They are kept company by an evangelist missionary (John Lithgow) and his wife (Darryl Hannah). The preacher and his followers want to preach to the primitive Niaruna Indians, while others are interested in the Niaruna for more diabolical reasons-specifically, business concerns that would like to claim the Indians' land for development. The local police … More

Rating: R (nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Walon Green, Peter Matthiessen, Vincent Patrick, Jean-Claude Carriere, Hector Babenco
On DVD: May 6, 1992
MCA Universal Home Video



as Lewis Moon

as Commandante Guzman

as Leslie Huben

as Andy Huben

as Hazel Quarrier

as Martin Quarrier

as Boronai

as Father Xantes

as Billy Quarrier
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Critic Reviews for At Play in the Fields of the Lord

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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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A thought-provoking film about cultural conflict, power, progress, and the dire consequences of messianic thinking.

Full Review… | July 12, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Some books should remain books.

August 30, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for At Play in the Fields of the Lord


Not as effective a film as "The Mission" which covered the same themes but it is worth checking out if you have nothing else on the go.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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