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The Burning Season (1994 film)

The Burning Season
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Produced by John Frankenheimer
Thomas M. Hammel
Grazia Rade
Grazka Taylor
Screenplay by William Mastrosimone
Michael Tolkin
Ron Hutchinson
Story by William Mastrosimone
Based on The Burning Season 
by Andrew Revkin
Starring Raúl Juliá
Carmen Argenziano
Sonia Braga
Kamala Lopez-Dawson
Luis Guzmán
Music by Gary Chang
Cinematography John R. Leonetti
Edited by Paul Rubell
Distributed by HBO
Release dates
September 16, 1994 (1994-09-16)
Running time
123 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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


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.


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

Golden Globe Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

External links

  • The Burning Season at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Burning Season (1994 film) at AllMovie
  • The Burning Season (1994 film) at the TCM Movie Database
  • The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest (1990 Mendes biography by Andrew Revkin)
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