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Director:
Writers:
Rafael Sabatini (novel) and
Muriel Box (writer)
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Release Date:
5 December 1949 (Sweden) See more »
Tagline:
The greatest adventure man ever lived!
Plot:
Christopher Columbus overcomes intrigue at the Spanish court and convinces Queen Isabella that his plan to reach the East by sailing west is practical. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Everything old is new See more (8 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
David MacDonald 
 
Writing credits
Rafael Sabatini (novel "Christopher Columbus")

Muriel Box  writer
Sydney Box  writer
Cyril Roberts  writer

Produced by
Betty E. Box .... producer
Sydney Box .... executive producer
A. Frank Bundy .... producer
Alfred Roome .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Bliss 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Dade 
 
Film Editing by
Vladimir Sagovsky 
 
Production Design by
Maurice Carter 
 
Art Direction by
George Provis (supervising art director)
 
Costume Design by
Joan Ellacott 
Elizabeth Haffenden 
 
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Anthony Nelson Keys .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Weeks .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie Hammond .... sound recordist
Bill Salter .... sound recordist (as W. Salter)
B.C. Sewell .... sound director
Claude Hitchcock .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alfred Davis .... special effects
Albert Whitlock .... special effects (as A. Whitlock)
Philippo Guidobaldi .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Reg Johnson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Doris Lee .... assistant costume designer
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Doreen Carwithen .... composer: additional music, Spanish Court dances (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller
Joan Bridge .... associate color director
Alex Bryce .... location manager
Cyril Hughes Hartmann .... historical advisor
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Cyril J. Knowles .... location and special effects photography
Paddy Girdlestone .... continuity (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
99 min | West Germany:105 min | Finland:94 min (Finland: video)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Cyril Cusack was cast in this film but dropped out before filming could began.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the film, Columbus seems to realize that he never landed in India, whereas in real life, he never realized it. He also talks constantly about having found "new worlds", as if he knew that he had discovered America.See more »
Quotes:
Father Perez:I see you're a scholar, my son, as well as a traveler.
Christopher Columbus:Certainly a traveler, Father. I've sailed as far north as Iceland, as far south as Guinea, and eastward to the Golden Horn.
Father Perez:But that is to have reached the limits of the World.
Christopher Columbus:Of the known world? Yes, Father, but the actual world... not by a thousand leagues.
Father Perez:How can you say that - never having seen it?
Christopher Columbus:Have you ever seen Heaven or Hell?
Father Perez:We have sound reasons for believing they exist.
Christopher Columbus:I have sound reasons too.
Father Perez:What are they?
Christopher Columbus:The same as yours, Father, and revelations to which I can add cosmography and mathematics.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Cristóbal Colón (1943)See more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Everything old is new, 24 March 2007
Author: americaspac from United States

I'm so sick of the PC and multicultural framework of all art today that it's good to see a rendition of the Columbus history told unashamedly from the viewpoint of Western hegemonists (my perspective)regardless of its obvious weaknesses as a film. March is a typical American actor who projects his own personna no matter what the part (Anthony Adverse or Phillip of Macedonia). It limited him but I happen to like the personna as did many other moviegoers. If I'm not mistaken his age is about right for Columbus at this time. It could have been more exciting but what is exciting is the whole enterprise that results in the discovery of the New World because of the persistence and vision of one man. Many earthshaking developments take years or months of plodding to come to fruition whether the Columbus landfall, the landing on the moon or the curing of polio.

It's worth watching just to hear the great score.

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