Black Robe

Black Robe

Director: Bruce Beresford Cast: Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt
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Black Robe

Bruce Beresford's atmospheric Black Robe comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. MGM/UA should be rewarded for having done a solid job with this little-known film. Those looking for a more challenging movie experience should check out this release.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2001
UPC: 0027616864352
Original Release: 1991
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 1:41:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: Stereo Surround; French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lothaire Bluteau Father Laforgue
Aden Young Daniel
Sandrine Holt Annuka
August Schellenberg Chomina
Tantoo Cardinal Chomina's Wife
Frank Wilson Father Jerome
Billy Two Rivers Ougebmat
Lawrence Bayne Neehatin
Harrison Liu Awondoie
Yvan Labelle Mestigoit
Jonathon Blacksmith Algonquin Tribe Member
Joseph Campean Algonquin Tribe Member
Earl Danyluk Algonquin Tribe Member
Valerie de Contie Algonquin Tribe Member
Joe de Laronde Tall Painted Iroquois
Wesley Cote Oujita
Francois Tasse Father Bourque
Jean Brousseau Champlain
Raoul Trujillo Kiotseaton
James Bobbish Ondesson
Denis Lacroix Taratande
Gilles Plante Older Workman
Gordon Tootoosis Old Aenons
Claude Prefontaine Old Priest
Deano Clavet Mercier
Paul Stewart Workman
Jean-Raymond Chales Workman
Jean-Jacques Blanchet Workman
Marco Bacon Montagnais
Patrick Tenasco Montagnais
George Pachanos Iroquois Leader
Minor Mustain 1st Iroquois
Don Brisebois Iroquois Guard
Jean-Baptiste Raphael Iroquois Elder
Guy Provencher Old Iroquois Member
Linlyn Lue She Manitou
Bonfield Marcoux Domergue
Wanda Obomsawin Pregnant Woman
Jean-Pierre Perusse Tallevant
Gerard Soler Masse
Alison Reid Iroquois Torture Woman
Brenda Adams Iroquois Torture Woman
Denis Plante Musician
Daniel Thonon Musician
Cordelia Beresford Mile La Fontaine
Helen Atkinson Algonquin Tribe Member
Annie Bearskin Algonquin Tribe Member
Rodrigue Boivin Algonquin Tribe Member
Arnold Eyah-Saulteux Algonquin Tribe Member
Waylon Hare Algonquin Tribe Member
Zoe Hopkins Algonquin Tribe Member
Walter Jacobs Algonquin Tribe Member
Eric Johnston Algonquin Tribe Member
Mirya Obomsawin Algonquin Tribe Member
Doreen Stevens Algonquin Tribe Member
John Tenasco Algonquin Tribe Member
Marthe Turgeon Laforgue's Mother
Roger Wylde Algonquin Tribe Member

Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Craig Special Effects
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Jake Eberts Executive Producer
Pedro Gandol Asst. Director
Linda Gill Makeup
John Hay Costumes/Costume Designer
Denis Heroux Executive Producer
Robert Lantos Producer
Sue Milliken Producer
Gavin Mitchell Art Director
Brian Moore Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Minor Mustain Stunts
Eric Norlen Associate Producer
Peter James Cinematographer
Herbert Pinter Production Designer
Réal Proulx Set Decoration/Design
Stéphane Reichel Producer
Tim Wellburn Editor
Gary Wilkins Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits/Quebec, 1634 [8:11]
2. Ceremonial Farewell [6:09]
3. Taming the Wild [7:15]
4. Questioning Authority [5:28]
5. Beating Back Desire [4:02]
6. "Obey the Dream" [2:16]
7. "Leave Us, Demon!" [4:56]
8. Lost & Found [3:18]
9. Spiritual Differences [9:06]
10. Second Thoughts [1:20]
11. Surprise Attack [3:07]
12. Savage Treatment [4:06]
13. Escape by Seduction [8:11]
14. "My God Loves You" [7:15]
15. The Huron Village [10:40]
16. "Spare Them!"/Credits [5:43]

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Black Robe 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Often Black Robe is unfortunately compared to Dances With Wolves. Black Robe was much more truthful and ultimately more disturbing. This movie does not play the overly politically correct version as films like Dances with Wolves, but it also doesn't curtail to John Ford films, either. A very impressive film about clash of cultures that lead to the genocide of North America's indigenous population. Also doesn't shy away from some of the brutal practices of the Native American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show is a gripping and realistic depiction of life in the 1600's when jesuit priests came to tame the so called uncivilized cultures. It may appear slow at times, but I believe that assists the viewer to appreciate the pace of life in the 1600's in the middle of a wilderness. The photography is outstanding. (Canada, you are beautiful!) It allows the viewer to experience history through film. I don't think anyone could see this show and ever forget that timeline in history due to the presentation of the theme. Midnight Express impacts a person in the same way. Black Robe is NOT for young viewers, as there are some brutal scenes. I believe it's worth seeing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The All Movie Guide review gives some decent content, but its comments miss the point of this beautiful, jarring but ultimately sad film about early French proselytizing of the Algonquin and Hurons (with a guest appearance by the ferocious so-called Iroquois). The ultimate point of Father LaForgue's horrendous faraway journey is to serve the needs of the people created by God to live in that place. Here there is no religious misunderstanding whatsoever. But the missionary arrives to find yet another dead priest, and another on his way out of this world, both of whom LaForgue ends up burying in the frozen ground. The denouement includes the mutual recognition that this priest also will die in the feared wilderness, while the band of Huron people at whose service he places himself ask but one thing: the love, NOT THE IMPERIALISM, he has to bring. To compare this film to the cartoonish, Kevin Costner-dressing-up-as-Native-American-warrior movie ''Dances With Wolves'' is to liken Buffy Sainte-Marie to Tonto. ''Black Robe'' is as close to cutting-edge history as most films get, mainly because it is derived from Brian Moore's excellent novel of the same name. Although it is debilitating to see how faith and love can be crushed by accident and circumstance, this view is often necessary for our best look into the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rates highly with me. It is based on actual work by Jesuits in Canada. As a decendant of both Miami and Shawnee Indians, I was thrilled to see some portryal of the native tribes in the Far North for a change. I would like to see more movies about incidents involving Indian peoples East of the Missouri. We have enought of the war bonnet and Western movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film could easily be about the huge moral issues surrounding a story of Jesuit missionaries and Huron people, but it's really about what that story would have looked and felt like. The moral issues take a back seat to the contrasts between natural beauty and human squalor, or the differences between spiritual ideals and the brutality of earthly existence. The film is so eerily realistic it's like having a camcorder present in history. No detail is omitted and no subject too sacred---we even see the priest needing to defecate from a paddled canoe, to the great amusement of onlookers. An enormous amount of research and fact-checking must have taken place, and the director is extra-careful to remind the viewer at every opportunity just how harsh things were in a Canadian frontier of the 17th century. And for anybody who sits through this film expecting some form of moral redemption at its conclusion, don't bother---the end is a hammer blow. I haven't read the novel, but I bet director Bruce Beresford is as faithful to the author's vision as it's possible to be. This is a film of uncommon integrity and honesty. Be warned.