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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, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah, Kathy Bates, Aidan Quinn and Tom Waits.

Missionaries try to save the Indian, while mercenaries try to wipe them out.

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This work provides us examples of:

  • Badass Native: Moon
  • Defector From Decadence: Moon
  • Downer Ending
  • Gag Penis: When Randy asks Andie how she knew Moon wanted her, she says "Don't be such a child."
  • A God Am I: Moon takes on the identity of Kisu.
  • Just for Pun: Nowhere/Now Here
  • Loin Cloth: In the film version. The Niaruna wear "bellybands" in the novel. When Moon gets an erection, the bellyband hurts.
    • An explanation might be required for the bellybands: In the Amazon, men bind their foreskins and tie the binding material around their waists.
  • Lost Tribe: Theorized to be a lost tribe of Sioux or a lost tribe of Jews.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Moon likes Andie. Randy likes Andie. Randy is married. So is Andie.
  • Mighty Whitey: Deconstructed, since Moon is a halfbreed Cheyenne. Further deconstructed since he accidentally starts an epidemic of the common cold, killing them all.
  • Mushroom Samba: Moon gets a lot of tropes.
  • Naked on Arrival: Moon, to the Niaruna.
  • National Geographic Nudity
  • Native American Mythology and all associated (or at least Sioux and Cheyenne) tropes.
  • A Nice Jewish Boy: Averted by Wolf, who is anything but nice.
  • No One Could Have Survived That: Moon
  • Nude Nature Dance: Played with, though the film version is definitely not fanservice, since it's Kathy Bates and her character's basically gone nuts.
  • Rape as Drama: Moon sees Andie naked. But he can't have her since she's married, so he goes home and rapes his wife, Pindi.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Moon wants to help the Niaruna, but in the end, he gives them the flu, which kills them.
  • Shotacon: When Randy's wife says "What if one of those things lays a hand on Billy?", Randy simply replies "He might like it."
  • The Amazon
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