The Burning Season (1994 film)

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The Burning Season
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Genre Biography
Drama
Based on The Burning Season
by Andrew Revkin
Screenplay by William Mastrosimone
Michael Tolkin
Ron Hutchinson
Story by William Mastrosimone
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Starring Raúl Juliá
Carmen Argenziano
Sonia Braga
Kamala Lopez-Dawson
Luis Guzmán
Music by Gary Chang
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) David Puttnam
Producer(s) John Frankenheimer
Thomas M. Hammel
Grazia Rade
Grazka Taylor
Diane Batson-Smith (co-producer)
Location(s) Mexico
Cinematography John R. Leonetti
Editor(s) Paul Rubell
Running time 123 minutes
Production company(s) HBO Pictures
Distributor HBO
Release
Original network HBO
Original release September 16, 1994 (1994-09-16)

The Burning Season is a 1994 television movie directed by John Frankenheimer. The film chronicles Chico Mendes' fight to protect the rainforest. This was one of Raúl Juliá's last film releases (The other being the film adaptation of Street Fighter). The movie was based in part on the 1990 book of the same name by journalist Andrew Revkin.

Plot[edit]

Chico Mendes was a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist who was murdered in 1988 by ranchers opposed to his activism. The movie opens in 1951 with a young Chico Mendes witnessing his father's interaction with corrupt ranchers who are exploiting peasants for their work. The bulk of the film then takes place between 1983 and 1988, showing Mendes' activism to preserve the Amazon rainforest, to his murder in a drive-by shooting by a disgruntled rancher.[citation needed]

Cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

American Cinema Editors

  • Nominated: Best Edited Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television (Françoise Bonnot and Paul Rubell)

Casting Society of America

  • Nominated: Best Casting for TV Movie of the Week (Junie Lowry-Johnson)

Emmy Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

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