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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 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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 Luis De Santangel 4 episodes, 1985
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 Francisco De Bobadilla 4 episodes, 1985
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 De Torres 4 episodes, 1985
Mark Buffery ...
 Bartholomo Colombo 4 episodes, 1985
Anne Canovas ...
 Beatriz Enriquez 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
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 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
Sal Borgese ...
Charles Borromel ...
 Xarmiento 4 episodes, 1985
Tony Camilleri ...
 Riquelme 4 episodes, 1985
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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 ...
Joseph Murphy ...
 Escobedo 4 episodes, 1985
Luca Orlandini ...
 Diego as a Teenager 4 episodes, 1985
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Jean-François Poron ...
 Alonso De Mardan 4 episodes, 1985
Erik Schumann ...
 Benguela 4 episodes, 1985
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 Francisco Pinzon 4 episodes, 1985
John Suda ...
Sergio Testori ...
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 Dona Maria De Toledo 4 episodes, 1985
Josefina Vetencourt ...
 Clara De Moya 4 episodes, 1985
Heinz Weiss ...
David de Keyser ...
 Of various roles 4 episodes, 1985
Alexander Lopi
César Olmos
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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19 May 1985 (USA)  »

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Cristoforo Colombo  »

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Trivia

"Cristoforo Colombo" theme song (Riz Ortolani - L. Raggi, Benjamin) performed by Plácido Domingo. See more »

Connections

Version of Cristóvão Colombo (1957) See more »

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One of the best!
9 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I first caught this in about 1988, and the next time it was on I taped it. Far, far better than either of the two 1992 'Columbus' movies, this one pays great attention to the details of his life, struggles to feed his young family and to gain backing for his dream. It then goes on to show his successes and his failures. Great acting, great costuming, great everything. For some reason I found myself especially pleased by the constant referral of his name in Italian: Christoforo Columbo. Faye Dunaway is subdued and authoritative as Isabella, and even wears the proper armor when accepting the surrender of the leader of the Moors.

If this is ever on DVD, don't miss it!


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