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The Burning Season (1994 film)

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4.7/10 TV

Genre  Biography, Drama
Country  United States
7.2/10 IMDb

Director  John Frankenheimer
Language  English
The Burning Season (1994 film) movie poster

Release date  September 16, 1994 (1994-09-16)
Based on  The Burning Season by Andrew Revkin
Writer  Andrew Revkin (novel), William Mastrosimone (story), William Mastrosimone (teleplay), Michael Tolkin (teleplay), Ron Hutchinson (teleplay)
Writers  Ron Hutchinson, William Mastrosimone, Michael Tolkin
Nominations  Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie
Cast  Sônia Braga (Regina de Carvalho), Raúl Juliá (Chico Mendes), Carmen Argenziano (Alfredo Sezero)
Similar movies  Related John Frankenheimer movies

The Burning Season is a 1994 television movie directed by John Frankenheimer. The film chronicles Chico Mendes' fight to protect the rainforest. This was Raúl Juliá's last film released during his own lifetime. The movie was based in part on the 1990 book of the same name by journalist Andrew Revkin.


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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.


  • Raúl Juliá.....Francisco "Chico" Mendes
  • Carmen Argenziano.....Alfredo Sezero
  • Sonia Braga.....Regina de Carvalho
  • Kamala Lopez.....Ilzamar
  • Luis Guzmán.....Estate Boss
  • Nigel Havers.....Steven Kaye
  • Tomas Milian.....Darli Alves
  • Esai Morales.....Jair
  • Edward James Olmos.....Wilson Pinheiro
  • Awards and nominations

    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

  • Won: Outstanding Directing in Miniseries or a Special (John Frankenheimer)
  • Won: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special (Raúl Juliá [posthumously])
  • Nominated: Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special (Ron Hutchinson, William Mastrosimone and Michael Tolkin)
  • Nominated: Outstanding Made for Television Movie
  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special (Edward James Olmos)
  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special (Sonia Braga)
  • Golden Globe Awards

  • Won: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Raúl Juliá [posthumously])
  • Won: Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
  • Won: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Edward James Olmos)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Sonia Braga)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (Raúl Juliá [posthumously])
  • References

    The Burning Season (1994 film) Wikipedia
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