The Burning Season (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Burning Season (1994)





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This highly acclaimed made-for-cable movie tells the real-life story of one man's battle to save his land. Raul Julia stars as Chico Mendes, the Brazilian union leader who rallied his people to rise up and fight the exploitation of the rainforest. Mendes called on the locals to protest land developers building a road through the Amazon in an effort to make it more accessible for business. Julia is outstanding in his portrayal of the impassioned worker, who was subsequently assassinated in 1990. Nominated for many awards, the film took the Golden Globe for "Best Mini-series for TV" and several Emmy awards. Raul Julia won the Golden Globe and the Emmy for his inspiring lead performance.


Raul Julia
as Chico Mendes
Nigel Havers
as Steven Kaye
Tony Plana
as Galvao
Luis Guzman
as Estate Boss
Briana Romero
as Elenira Mendes
Gerardo Moreno
as Darci Alves
Jose Perez
as Moacir
Jeffrey Licon
as Young Chico Mendes
Tony Perez
as Francisco Mendes
Jorge Viteri
as Father Ceppi
Valentin Santana
as Oloci Alves
Calos Ramono
as Partenza
Enrique Novi
as Nilo Sergio
Angel Casarin
as Union Man
Rene Perevra
as Disc Jockey
Roger Cudney
as Reporter
Carl Mergenthaler
as German Banker
Jose Antonio Estrada
as Condemned Tapper
Julian Bucio
as Military Lieutenant
Alfredo Gutierrez
as Forest Worker
Javier Lambert
as Platoon Commander
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A highly acclaimed made for cable film.

December 23, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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