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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" To a Country so full of beauty, your God has brought so much destruction "
The great adventure concerning the Conquest of Mexico, was written by Bernal Diaz De Castillo, Shield bearer for the young Hernan Cortes who was 19 when he landed on its shores in 1519. Using his wits, clever guile, guts, grit and deeply ingrained bravado plus some courageous and loyal officers in addition to five hundred men from the ships he later burned, Cortes set out to meet, befriend, betray and then later destroy the mighty Montezuma (Moctezuma) and his empire by 1521. This movie is one of the best visual adaptation of said Conquest by the Spanish Conquistadores. Despite it's flaws and inaccuracies, it is often used in many a school classroom. The conquest is put in the background with the surface story of a young aristocratic Castillian officer, one Pedro De Vargas (Tyrone Power) who in trying to defend his family against the evils of the Inqusition endangers his ambitions with an attempt on the life of Diego De Silva (John Sutton). Cesar Romero plays Hernando Cortez with a lively and jovial approach which is infectious to say the least. Lee J. Cobb, Antonio Moreno, Thomas Gomez, Alan Mowbray are the supporting cast as is Jay Silverheels. From a stand point of the times, the cast is good. However in hindsight they fall short of convincing a modern audience that any of them are Hispanic or of Spanish heritage. Yet, with the generous, beautiful scenic landscapes and ample scenery of the ocean, ships and majestic scenes, this is a wonderful attempt at capturing the era of the new world. It's tragic outcome is a couple years away, but in the meantime, enjoy the story as Hollywood presented it in 1947. ****
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