MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 294 this week

Captain from Castile (1947)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  January 1948 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,029 users  
Reviews: 38 user | 15 critic

The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 48 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Captain from Castile (1947)

Captain from Castile (1947) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Captain from Castile.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Pedro De Vargas
...
Catana Perez
...
...
Juan Garcia
John Sutton ...
Diego De Silva
...
Don Francisco De Vargas
...
Father Bartolome Romero
...
Prof. Botello (the astrologer)
Barbara Lawrence ...
Luisa De Carvajal
George Zucco ...
Marquis De Carvajal
...
Capt. Alvarado
...
Corio
Edit

Storyline

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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Master of Women's Hearts . . . . . . . Conqueror of a New World. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

January 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Captain from Castile  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Alfred Newman's "Conquest" theme was adopted by the University of Southern California athletic teams. See more »

Quotes

Pedro De Vargas: [finding Botello lying on the ground] Botello, what happened?
Prof. Botello: [groans] What misery! I'm lucky to be alive! Oh, my poor head!
Pedro De Vargas: But what happened?
Prof. Botello: You won't tell on me, Pedro lad?
Pedro De Vargas: Of course not!
Prof. Botello: I was just taking a stroll with one of those Indian ladies - ugly as sin, of course, color of mud, but charming, dear boy, charming.
Pedro De Vargas: You know the penalty for touching an Indian!
Prof. Botello: Now, now, Pedro, you know orders don't apply to a cockroach like me.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Conquistadors (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Power Shines in Conquistador Saga...
12 July 2005 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that 20th Century Fox has yet to have released DVD editions of many of the films of the studio's biggest star, Tyrone Power. Almost impossibly handsome, enormously popular, and with excellent acting credentials, Power nearly singlehandedly kept the studio solvent in the traumatic transition years following WWII, with costume epics like "Captain from Castile" showcasing his strengths.

"Castile" echoes Power's earlier films, "The Mark of Zorro" and "Son of Fury", as again he plays a gallant standing against an arrogant aristocratic class, but this time he runs afoul of the Inquisition, and must flee Spain to re-establish his wealth and reputation, accompanied by loyal friend Lee J. Cobb, and a servant girl who secretly adores him (Jean Peters, in one of her best performances). Recruited into the service of the charismatic Hernando Cortez (Cesar Romero, who nearly steals the film), it's off to Aztlan (Mexico, today) with a small army to face the overwhelming but naive Aztec civilization.

While the film frequently drifts into melodrama, shooting on location in Mexico (with the permission and support of the Mexican government), in glorious Technicolor, gives even the most mundane moments a sense of spectacle, and the cast is in top form. Worth singling out is a terrific supporting performance by Thomas Gomez, as a soldier/priest who dispenses common sense as well as religion, and helps Power realize that the woman he truly loves is not on a balcony, in Spain, but beside him, as they march towards their destiny.

Two aspects of the film deserve special recognition; Alfred Newman's score, featuring the vaulting 'Conquest' march, is one of the finest of his long career, and is even more popular today than when the film was released; and Arthur E. Arling and Charles G. Clarke's cinematography is truly magnificent, particularly in the breathtaking finale, as Cortez' forces proudly march across a broad plain, with active volcanoes in the background. Never has going 'on location' been more justified, as the image is unforgettable! If any 'Powers that Be' are reading this review, PLEASE offer this film on DVD, soon! And while you're at it, consider Power's other great films of the 40s and 50s; he deserves to be 'rediscovered' by audiences, today...


46 of 51 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Aztec civilization was unbelievably brutal SusanJL
What happened to Coatl? The_Swiss
Historically accurate boatista24
Captain From Castile in DVD rboeker7040
Captain from Castile DVD Release--May 1 dnscal
Nahuatl heymrteo
Discuss Captain from Castile (1947) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?