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17 September 1994 (USA) See more »
Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Raul Julia ... Chico Mendes

Carmen Argenziano ... Alfredo Sezero

Sonia Braga ... Regina de Carvalho

Kamala Lopez ... Ilzamar (as Kamela Dawson)

Luis Guzmán ... Estate Boss

Nigel Havers ... Steven Kaye

Tomas Milian ... Darli Alves

Esai Morales ... Jair

Edward James Olmos ... Wilson Pinheiro

Tony Plana ... Galvao

Marco Rodríguez ... Tavora

Carlos Carrasco ... Helio
Jonathan Carrasco ... Genesio

Jeffrey Licon ... Young Chico Mendes
José Pérez ... Moacir

Tony Perez ... Francisco Mendes
Briana Romero ... Elenia Mendes
Jorge Viteri ... Father Ceppi
Valentin Santana ... Oloci Alves
Alberto Isaac ... Jose
Loló Navarro ... Dona
Gerardo Albarrán ... Darci Alves
Carlos Romero ... Partenza
Enrique Novi ... Nilu Sergio
Jorge Zepeda ... Santos
Mario Arévalo ... Gunman (as Mario Arevalo)
Angel Casman ... Union Man
René Pereyra ... Disk Jockey (as Rene Pereyra)
Roger Cudney ... Reporter

Carl Mergenthaler ... German Banker
Gabriel Eduardo Castanon ... Young Boy

Joaquín Garrido ... Joao
José Antonio Estrada ... Condemed Tapper
Josefina Echánove ... Town Woman
Julian Bucio ... Military Lieutenant
Alfredo Gutiérrez ... Forest Worker
Javier Lambert ... Platoon Commander
Gustavo Campos ... Cutter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Terrence Beasor ... Narrator (uncredited)
Ricky Damazio ... Hitman (uncredited)

Muriel Minot ... Funeral Soloist (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
Writing credits
Andrew Revkin (novel "The Burning Season in part")

William Mastrosimone (story)

William Mastrosimone (teleplay) and
Michael Tolkin (teleplay) and
Ron Hutchinson (teleplay)

Produced by
Diane Batson-Smith .... co-producer (as Diane Smith)
John Frankenheimer .... producer
Thomas M. Hammel .... producer
David Puttnam .... executive producer
Grazia Rade .... producer
Grazka Taylor .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gary Chang 
Cinematography by
John R. Leonetti 
Film Editing by
Paul Rubell 
Casting by
Junie Lowry-Johnson 
Production Design by
Michael Z. Hanan 
Costume Design by
Ray Summers 
Production Management
Julian Forbes .... unit manager
Steve Norris .... production executive
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Almada .... second assistant director
Julian Forbes .... first assistant director: second unit
Michael Z. Hanan .... second unit director
Miguel Lima .... assistant director
Peter Merwin .... second assistant director
Natasha Ross .... second assistant director
James Sbardellati .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ted Boonthanakit .... storyboard artist
Claudio Contreras .... art department coordinator
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator
René Marquéz .... props
Steven Schalk .... property master
Enrique Greiner .... art assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Ron Bedrosian .... foley mixer (as Ronald Bedrosian)
Rubén Domingo .... assistant sound editor
Frank Fleming .... recordist
Abel Hands .... sound effects editor
Joseph Holsen .... sound effects editor (as Joseph H. Holsen)
Dale Kasman .... assistant sound editor
Edmund J. Lachmann .... dialogue editor
Edmund J. Lachmann .... sound effects editor
Mike Le Mare .... supervising sound editor
Chip Mullaney .... sound effects editor
Nancy Parker .... foley artist (as Nancy May Parker)
Troy Porter .... adr mixer (as Troy S. Porter)
Richard D. Rogers .... re-recording mixer
Tom Scurry .... dialogue editor
Karola Storr .... foley editor
Glen Trew .... sound mixer
Doug E. Turner .... re-recording mixer (as Douglas E. Turner)
Reid A. Woodbury Jr. .... dialogue editor
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Elijah Schkeiban .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping
Gene Warren Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Joaquin Cervera .... assistant camera
Hugo Cortina .... camera operator: "b" camera
Hugo Cortina .... gaffer
Wilma Gómez Luengo .... first assistant camera
Doug Hyun .... still photographer: gallery and special photography
Stephen J. Ullman .... assistant camera
Eric Goethals .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
John A. Aiello .... casting associate
Claudia Becker .... casting: Mexico
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wingate Jones .... costume supervisor
Wingate Jones .... wardrobe: costumer
Susan J. Wright .... costumer: Raul Julia
Editorial Department
Kimberly Adams .... assistant editor (as Kim Jorgensen)
Bob Allen .... assistant editor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist
Mark L. Mitchell .... post-production executive
Adam P. Scott .... assistant editor
Fred Toye .... assistant editor
Location Management
Pablo Buelna .... location manager
Music Department
Les Brockmann .... music scoring mixer
Paul Broucek .... music supervisor
Todd Hayen .... orchestrator
Ken Johnson .... music editor
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ricky Damazio .... transportation
Rafael Guerrero Zárate .... driver
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Emilia Arau .... production coordinator: Mexico
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... caterer
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... craft service
Denise Blasor .... voice replacement artist
Phil M. Castaneda .... financial auditor
Fernando Cubillas .... assistant: Edward James Olmos
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher
David Moreno Rade .... key production assistant (as David Moreno)
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke .... publicity director
Lori Jo Nemhauser .... production supervisor
Jay Roberts .... assistant accountant
Nicole Runkle .... assistant to producer
João Paulo Schlittler .... title designer
Grazka Taylor .... development

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story" - USA (imdb display title)
"Сезонът на пожарите" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Amazónia a Ferro e Fogo" - Portugal
"Amazônia em Chamas" - Brazil
"Berättelsen om Chico Mendez" - Sweden
"Chico Mendes - sademetsien pelastaja" - Finland (video title)
"Estación ardiente" - Spain
"Flammen des Widerstandes" - Germany
"Kampen om regnskogen" - Norway (alternative title)
"Lassú tűzön" - Hungary
"Sezon w piekle" - Poland (imdb display title)
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123 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Tony Plana and Tomas Milian previously appeared in JFK (1991).See more »
Anachronisms: During the scene of Wilson Pinheiro's execution, the characters are watching a well-known moment from the TV series Vale Tudo. This wouldn't be possible since this series would only be released in 1988 while Pinheiro was killed in 1980.See more »
[repeated line]
Darli Alves:We start cutting tomorrow.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A solid film, 31 March 1999
Author: jenhubby from Portland, Oregon

This movie is about more than the destruction of the Amazon Rain Forest in Brazil. It's also about the truimph of people who come together for a worthy cause. The Burning Season does a great job of communicating the passions of all involved. The corporate interests are a little stereotyped. But the movie's focus is on Chico and the lives of the rubber tappers. Their struggle is presented in a believable fashion.

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