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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 chief cuts a deal with the mercenaries Lewis and Wolf: if they will agree to bomb the Niarunas out of existence, they will be paid enough money to leave the country. Instead, Lewis, part Native American himself,aligns himself with the Niarunas. From this moment on, he and the tribe are doomed. A long-standing pet project of producer Saul Zaentz, At Play in the Fields of the Lord was adapted from the best-selling novel by Peter Matthiesen.

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Cast

Tom Berenger
as Lewis Moon
José Dumont
as Commandante Guzman
John Lithgow
as Leslie Huben
Daryl Hannah
as Andy Huben
Kathy Bates
as Hazel Quarrier
Aidan Quinn
as Martin Quarrier
Nelson Xavier
as Father Xantes
Niilo Kivirinta
as Billy Quarrier
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Critic Reviews for At Play in the Fields of the Lord

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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

4-1/2 stars, because it has been years since I've seen this. But this is an intense movie. I loved it.

Justbe Reasonable
Justbe Reasonable

This is exactly the Tom Berenger we saw in Platoon, extremely talented and promising. This man needs a resurrection like Mickey Rourke got one with The Wrestler. "At Play" would not be worth seeing if it wasn't for Berenger in it. A strong, theatrical performance he should have received a lot more credit for. Plus, Daryl Hannah at the top of her form (at least the physical one!).

Michal Januszewski
Michal Januszewski

While clearly intended to be a thought-provoking film about cultural conflict, power, progress, and the dire consequences of messianic thinking -- some books should simply remain books.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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