Black Robe (1991)




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Missionary Father Laforgue travels to the New World in hopes of converting Algonquin Indians to Catholicism. Accepted, though warily, by the Indians, Laforgue travels with the Indians using his strict Catholic rules and ideals to try and impose his religion.
R (nudity, violence)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Tantoo Cardinal
as Chomina's Wife
Lothaire Bluteau
as Laforgue
Sandrine Holt
as Annuka
Frank Wilson
as Father Jerome
Paul Stewart
as Workman
Gordon Tootoosis
as Old Aenons
Aden Young
as Daniel
Raoul Trujillo
as Kiotseaton
Alison Reid
as Iroquois Torture Woman
Billy Two Rivers
as Ougebemat
Lawrence Bayne
as Neehatin
Denis Lacroix
as Taratande
Deano Clavet
as Mercier
Minor Mustain
as 1st Iroquois
Harrison Liu
as Awondoie
Yvan Labelle
as Mestigoit
Brenda Adams
as Iroquois Torture Woman
Helen Atkinson
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Marco Bacon
as Montagnais
Annie Bearskin
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Cordelia Beresford
as Mile La Fontaine
Jonathon Blacksmith
as Algonquin Tribe Member
James Bobbish
as Ondesson
Rodrigue Boivin
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Don Brisebois
as Iroquois Guard
Jean Brousseau
as Samuel de Champlain
Joseph Campean
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Wesley Cote
as Oujita
Earl Danyluk
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Valerie de Contie
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Joe de Laronde
as Tall Painted Iroquois
Arnold Eyah-Saulteux
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Waylon Hare
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Zoe Hopkins
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Walter Jacobs
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Eric Johnston
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Linlyn Lue
as She Manitou
Bonfield Marcoux
as Domergue
Mirya Obomsawin
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Wanda Obomsawin
as Pregnant Woman
George Pachanos
as Iroquois Leader
Denis Plante
as Musician
Gilles Plante
as Older Workman
Claude Prefontaine
as Old Priest
Guy Provencher
as Old Iroquois Member
Jean-Baptiste Raphael
as Iroquois Elder
Doreen Stevens
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Francois Tasse
as Father Bourque
John Tenasco
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Patrick Tenasco
as Montagnais
Daniel Thonon
as Musician
Marthe Turgeon
as Laforgue's Mother
Roger Wylde
as Algonquin Tribe Member
Marthe Tungeon
as Laforgue's Mother
Joe DeLaronde
as Tall Painted Iroquois
Valerie DeContie
as Algonquin Tribe Member
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Critic Reviews for Black Robe

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

A demanding film filled with complexities and meant for the discriminating viewer.

Full Review… | May 14, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This compelling tale of adventure set in 17th century Canada is a spiritual classic

Full Review… | July 12, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

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May 17, 2006
Film Freak Central

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November 10, 2005
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July 24, 2005

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June 12, 2005

Audience Reviews for Black Robe

"Black Robe," the 1991 film directed by Bruce Beresford starts off wonderfully until it drifts into a completely different film about an hour into it. What started off as two very different cultures trying to understand each other bounded by trade is muddied and in the process becomes an uneven mess. The most interesting aspects of the film are demonstrated by the French and Natives trying to understand each other's concept of religion and had that been the whole picture it could've stood out as a great picture with beautiful cinematography. But, it seemed like they couldn't expand that idea and threw in tribal warfare out of fear audiences would get bored. Once the filmmakers threw that in was the minute I got bored with it. It's worth seeing just for the first hour.

Joseph Boomhower
Joseph Boomhower

Super Reviewer

Beautiful scenic photography of the area in and around Ontario. I love historical based movies, so I very much enjoyed this. A jesuit priest travels to the Americas from France to "save" the savages from themselves. Interesting subject, because this perspective seems more the reality than what we've been taught in school. May be a little slow for some, but the story is engaging, and the acting and directing is of high calibur.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Often simply too pat to enjoy, and all the ending manages to accomplish is closing the film.

Dillon Lupky
Dillon Lupky

Super Reviewer

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