Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets into trouble by flying a new fighter directly to Canada instead of to New York and ... See full summary »
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 If you check historical references these are different things.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 »
I think of what you do for me in Spain. I think I speak to you now. Maybe I understand better why you come here. This is my country, senor. These are my people, my gods. We not come tell you to stop loving your gods. We not come to make you slaves. Why do you do this, senor?
Pedro De Vargas:
Well, I'm afraid I haven't any answer for that. It isn't right for men to worship idols. There's only one true God.
Maybe your God and my God same God. Maybe we just call him by different names.
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The best picture made on the conquest of the Americas
There are many pleasant surprises in this epic movie. For one, it was filmed in spectacular Technicolor and was superbly photographed in actual locations. Piramids were built, volcanoes were erupting for real and ancient ship replicas were destroyed at sea. One of the main surprises was seeing that the beautiful Jean Peters could act. This actress without much dramatic training did an excellent job in her movie debut. She practically steals the picture from Tyrone Power - Impossible? She does, and he's very good in this one. See her last scene, while waiting to move deeper into Mexico with Cortez; it's a treasure. I became a fan after seeing Miss Peters in the pirate flick "Anne of the Indies" (she plays 'the pirate'), and have seen most of her movies since. It's a shame Fox didn't use her talents in better fares, such as Susan Hayward's "I Want to Live", but then Howard Hughes came into the picture while she was doing Castille and, I imagine, his obsession over her beauty ruined a promising career. This film is partly based on true events and has an excellent cast, a fantastic screenplay and a musical score by Arthur Newman that rivals any other composed for anepic flick -then and even now. It's on DVD now. Get it before they become extinct. It's worth seeing. Beautiful vistas, a handsome Ty Power and a gorgeous Jean Peters.
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