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At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)

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Martin and Hazel Quarrier are small-town fundamentalist missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. Their remote mission was previously run by the Catholics, ... See full summary »

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Martin and Hazel Quarrier are small-town fundamentalist missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. Their remote mission was previously run by the Catholics, before the natives murdered them all. They are sent by the pompous Leslie Huben, who runs the missionary effort in the area but who seems more concerned about competing with his Catholic 'rivals' than in the Indians themselves. Hazel is terrified of the Indians while Martin is fascinated. Soon American pilot Lewis Moon joins the Indian tribe but is attracted by Leslie's young wife, Andy. Can the interaction of these characters and cultures, and the advancing bulldozers of civilization, avoid disaster? Written by Reid Gagle

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An adventure beyond the limits of civilization, faith and passion.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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6 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jugando en los campos del Señor  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,162, 6 December 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,342,903
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Both John Huston and Milos Forman planned to helm this, while Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Richard Gere were attached to it over the years. See more »

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Hazel Quarrier: Are we in Hell and just don't know it?
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Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

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Halfway to Heaven
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Highly underrated
4 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Directed by Academy Award nominated Argentinian-Brazilian writer-director Hector Babenco and co-written by a longtime Luis Buñuel collaborator Jean Claude Carriere this is a breathtakingly beautiful, masterfully directed film, that features a story of two protestant missionary couples from a small town in U.S. that come to Amazonia with an intent to preach to the wild Indians of the area and an American pilot, wonderfully played by Tom Berenger, who feels atracted to the way of life of the Indians and joins and lives with them. Following the life of it´s protagonists in Amazonian forest, the film explores many subjects, such as: religious fanaticism and intolerance, ecology, destructive external influence on an unique Indian culture and, of cause, lust and greed. It´s slowly paced and has a duration of over 3 hours but it never became boring, at least for me. I was surprised to find that this film has an average rating of only 6.3 here on IMDB. It certainly deserves much more. 8/10


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