After his proposal to sail west to the East Indies is rejected by Portugal, Columbus overcomes court intrigue in Spain to gain support for his expedition.
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1985  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
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 Christopher Columbus (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Diego Ortiz De Vilhegas (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Dona Moniz Perestrello (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Martin Pinzon (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Jose Vizinho (4 episodes, 1985)
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 King John of Portugal (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Father Hernando De Talavera (4 episodes, 1985)
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 King Ferdinand (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Queen Isabella of Spain (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Luis De Santangel (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Francisco De Bobadilla (4 episodes, 1985)
Keith Buckley ...
 De Torres (4 episodes, 1985)
Mark Buffery ...
 Bartholomo Colombo (4 episodes, 1985)
Anne Canovas ...
 Beatriz Enriquez (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Coana (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Duke Medina Celi (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Don Castillo (4 episodes, 1985)
Stefano Madia ...
 Federico (4 episodes, 1985)
Audrey Matson ...
 Dona Felipa Perestrello (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Father Linares (4 episodes, 1985)
Jack Watson ...
 Father Marchena (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Guacanabo (4 episodes, 1985)
Claudio Aliotti ...
 Diego as an Adult (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Don Rodrigo (4 episodes, 1985)
Kasimir Berger ...
 Diego as a Child (4 episodes, 1985)
Salvatore Borghese ...
 Juan (4 episodes, 1985)
Charles Borromel ...
 Xarmiento (4 episodes, 1985)
Tony Camilleri ...
 Riquelme (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Vallejo (4 episodes, 1985)
Cyrus Elias ...
 Alaminos (4 episodes, 1985)
Francesco Lattuada ...
 De Triana (4 episodes, 1985)
Patrick Longhi ...
 Ferdinand (4 episodes, 1985)
Alexander Lopez ...
 Diego Taino (4 episodes, 1985)
Antonio Marsina ...
 Vicente Pinzon (4 episodes, 1985)
David Mills ...
 Dr. Chanca (4 episodes, 1985)
Lino Mintoff ...
 De Gamma (4 episodes, 1985)
Brizio Montinaro ...
 Ocampo (4 episodes, 1985)
Joseph Murphy ...
 Escobedo (4 episodes, 1985)
Luca Orlandini ...
 Diego as a Teenager (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Selina (4 episodes, 1985)
Jean-François Poron ...
 Alonso De Mardan (4 episodes, 1985)
Erik Schumann ...
 Benguela (4 episodes, 1985)
Gregory Snegoff ...
 Francisco Pinzon (4 episodes, 1985)
John Suda ...
 Ruiz (4 episodes, 1985)
Sergio Testori ...
 Arias (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Dona Maria De Toledo (4 episodes, 1985)
Josefina Vetencourt ...
 Clara De Moya (4 episodes, 1985)
Heinz Weiss ...
 Noscomb (4 episodes, 1985)
David de Keyser ...
 Of various roles (4 episodes, 1985)
César Olmos
(4 episodes, 1985)
Robert Rietty ...
 Of various roles (4 episodes, 1985)
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The epic mini-series tells the story of the legendary Italian-born explorer Diego de Geona Taino, later known as Christopher Columbus, from his birth in c.1450 Genoa, Italy, to his young adult years as an expert sailor and navigator who, with money funded from the monarchy of Spain, sailed to the unknown West to find Asia in 1492, and instead found a 'New World' of the modern day West Indies to South America, and then follows his later years in his 50's as a tired, ailing man whose dreams of exploration and discovery to which he passed onto his son, and other followers, just before his death in 1506. Written by Anonymous

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Even though Raf Vallone can speak English, his voice is dubbed by another in the English language release. See more »

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Version of Christoph Kolumbus oder Die Entdeckung Amerikas (1969) See more »

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the best TV miniseries ever made
15 May 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Not only is this by far the best film adaptation of Columbus and his life, it is very probably the best TV miniseries ever made. Nothing I have ever seen surpasses the setting and acting given out in this series, this is so good that it should be shown at schools religiously in order to teach them about columbus' voyage (even if current wisdom no longer reads that columbus discovered America).

I have watched this series at least 5 times and it never ceases to enthrall me. The first time I watched it I must have been about 8 and ever since then when I think of columbus I think of Gabriel Byrne, this one performance seen at an early age made me a fan for life of his work.

ALL acting is superb, wardrobe is out of this world. There isn't a single thing I could criticize in it.

I echo the other comments... if this ever comes out on DVD I'm buying a copy in case I ever have kids!


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