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Spain, 1518: young caballero Pedro De Vargas offends his sadistic neighbor De Silva, who just happens to be an officer of the Inquisition. Forced to flee, Pedro, friend Juan Garcia, and adoring servant girl Catana join Cortez' first expedition to Mexico. Arriving in the rich new land, Cortez decides to switch from exploration to conquest...with only 500 men. Embroiled in continuous adventures and a romantic interlude, Pedro almost forgets he has a deadly enemy... Written by
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Immediately at the start and frequently during the film the term "Santa Hermandad" (Holy Brotherhood) is used for the process in Spain of questioning religious heretics. If you check historical references these are different things. The Santa Hermandad was a group of armed men organized for various purposes. The "Inquisition" was the semi-legal court system of imposing Catholic standards on Jews and Moslems in Spain and elsewhere. Researching the period in Spain (and elsewhere) about Catholic power in all forms of life and politics you will find differing explanations of what was done in the name of God. Torture, imprisonment and penury of wealth were probably all used but some authors say that there was some purity of purpose but whoever writes the history books shows the past as they see it. See more »
Even my skill cannot defeat the will of God, but I've stopped the bleeding. You'll have to admit it's a well-sealed wound!
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Brilliant recreation of the Spanish conquest of Mexico
Tyrone Power in the type of role he made his own,supported by an excellent Cesar Romero as Cortez. The music by Alfred Newman and the direction together with the competent performance by the entire cast makes this film a most satisfying experience.I doubt whether there are any actors today who can emulate the style and screen presence of Power. The film script is likewise crisp and to the point.The movie is a rarity in that it does not fail the novel from which it was adapted.
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