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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 Creator/TomBerenger, Creator/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 Creator/TomBerenger, Creator/JohnLithgow, Creator/DarylHannah, Creator/KathyBates, Aidan Quinn Quinn, and Music/TomWaits.


''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, Creator/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, Creator/TomBerenger, Creator/JohnLithgow, Creator/DarylHannah, Creator/KathyBates, Aidan Quinn and Music/TomWaits.


* 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 [[spoiler:watching a pair of adults frolicking in a hammock]], and he's still completely undressed. This ends about as well as you'd expect given that his mother is a [[spoiler:sexually puritanical fundamentalist Christian with severe underlying issues of her own]], and Randy has to physically intervene when she starts ''beating up'' the 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 [[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."

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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 [[spoiler:watching a pair of adults frolicking in a hammock]], and he's still completely undressed. This ends about as well as you'd expect given that his mother is a [[spoiler:sexually puritanical fundamentalist Christian with severe underlying issues of her own]], and Randy has to physically intervene when she starts ''beating up'' the Indians immediately afterwards. \n** Afterwards he tears a strip off her for this, stressing the dangers implicit in her use of violence and her failure to understand that [[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."


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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* 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.

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* ShoutOut: The Music/{{Sepultura}} album ''Music/{{Roots}}'' was inspired by the film adaptation.

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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."


''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.


* 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.

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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.


* 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."


* 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.


* 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.



* PottyFailure: [[spoiler:Billy wets his bed]] at one point in the film, but in this case it's meant as an ominous sign that his illness is worsening. Specifically, [[spoiler: his malaria is progressing to blackwater fever and his kidneys are failing.]]



* {{Shotacon}}: 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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* {{Shotacon}}: TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Billy.]]
* 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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