History Literature / AtPlayInTheFieldsOfTheLord

2nd Apr '16 7:46:39 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Missionaries try to save the Indian, while mercenaries try to wipe them out.

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Missionaries try to save the Indian, Indians/Native Americans, while mercenaries try to wipe them out.

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22nd Sep '15 2:46:10 AM Morgenthaler
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5th Sep '15 7:05:44 PM nombretomado
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* NativeAmericanMythology and all associated (or at least Sioux and Cheyenne) tropes.

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* NativeAmericanMythology Myth/NativeAmericanMythology and all associated (or at least Sioux and Cheyenne) tropes.
15th Mar '15 9:23:17 AM Patachou
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* ShoutOut: The Music/{{Sepultura}} album ''Music/{{Roots}}'' was inspired by the film adaptation.
14th Mar '15 3:47:27 AM Cindylover1969
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* {{Fanservice}}: Creator/DarylHannah has a nude scene.
* FanDisservice: So does Kathy Bates.


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* TitleDrop: "I'm at play in the fields of the Lord."
31st Dec '14 6:16:13 PM nombretomado
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''At Play in the Fields of the Lord'' is a 1965 novel by Peter Matthiessen. In 1991, Brazilian director Hector Babenco filmed an adaptation with a cast including Tom Berenger, JohnLithgow, Creator/DarylHannah, Creator/KathyBates, Aidan Quinn and Music/TomWaits.

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''At Play in the Fields of the Lord'' is a 1965 novel by Peter Matthiessen. In 1991, Brazilian director Hector Babenco filmed an adaptation with a cast including Tom Berenger, JohnLithgow, Creator/JohnLithgow, Creator/DarylHannah, Creator/KathyBates, Aidan Quinn and Music/TomWaits.
1st Mar '14 7:48:37 PM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* TearJerker: Randy's affirmative answer to [[spoiler:his young son]]'s question: [[spoiler:Am I going to die?]] By the time he asks it, the audience knows the answer is yes, and soon.
3rd Jan '14 5:47:16 AM pathdoc
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* HopeSpot: Randy gives the antibiotics to Moon.


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* TearJerker: Randy's affirmative answer to [[spoiler:his young son]]'s question: [[spoiler:Am I going to die?]] By the time he asks it, the audience knows the answer is yes, and soon.
3rd Jan '14 5:39:20 AM pathdoc
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* AxCrazy: [[spoiler: Randy's wife]] ends up this way, although there's clear evidence earlier in the film that her sanity isn't long for the world. Guess who they got to play her? [[ActorAllusion Kathy Bates]], of course, who'd just done an Oscar-winning star turn as Annie Wilkes in ''Misery.''



* ValuesDissonance: An in-universe example. Young Billy is having a wonderful time with the Indian kids his age, running around as stark-naked as they are and making friends of sorts despite the language barrier; but when his mother finds him, he and his companions are watching a pair of adults frolicking in a hammock. This ends about as well as you'd expect, given that his mother is a sexually puritanical fundamentalist Christian who's played by Kathy Bates, and Randy has to physically intervene when she starts ''beating up'' the frisky Indians immediately afterwards.
** Afterwards he tears a strip off her for this, stressing the dangers implicit in her use of violence and her failure to understand that the Indians don't share the missionaries' sense of morals (yet). Furthermore he tells her she risks giving her son a distorted and harmful view of human sexuality. When Randy's wife says "What if one of those things lays a hand on Billy?", Randy simply replies "He might like it."

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* ValuesDissonance: An in-universe example. Young Billy is having a wonderful time with the Indian kids his age, running around as stark-naked as they are and making friends of sorts despite the language barrier; but when his mother finds him, he and his companions are watching [[spoiler:watching a pair of adults frolicking in a hammock. hammock]], and he's still completely undressed. This ends about as well as you'd expect, expect given that his mother is a sexually [[spoiler:sexually puritanical fundamentalist Christian who's played by Kathy Bates, with severe underlying issues of her own]], and Randy has to physically intervene when she starts ''beating up'' the frisky Indians immediately afterwards.
** Afterwards he tears a strip off her for this, stressing the dangers implicit in her use of violence and her failure to understand that the [[spoiler:the Indians don't share the missionaries' sense of morals (yet). Furthermore he tells her she risks giving her son a distorted and harmful view of human sexuality. ]] When Randy's wife says "What if one of those things lays a hand on Billy?", Randy simply replies "He might like it."
3rd Jan '14 5:29:30 AM pathdoc
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* IllGirl: A [[spoiler:gender]] inversion, with [[spoiler:Billy]] dying from complications of malaria. If the shooting script were kid lit, it would be guaranteed DeathByNewbery material.

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* IllGirl: A [[spoiler:gender]] inversion, with [[spoiler:Billy]] dying from complications of malaria. If the shooting script were kid lit, it would be guaranteed DeathByNewbery DeathByNewberyMedal material.
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