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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  9 October 1992 (USA)
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Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.



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Big budget account of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas. Released in 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery. Shows the disastrous effects the Europeans had on the original inhabitants, and Columbus' struggle to civilize the New World. Written by Rob Hartill

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Centuries before the exploration of space, there was another voyage into the unknown.

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Rated PG-13 for historical violence and brutality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 October 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1492: La conquête du paradis  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$7,191,399 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


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2.35 : 1
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The original title was simply "Columbus". See more »


In the very beginning of the movie, before the first voyage, there is a chariot transporting Columbus into a Monastery. The chariot almost runs over some birds at the entrance of the monastery: some chickens and a TURKEY. Turkeys are native to the American Continent, there no were turkeys in Europe before Columbus' travels. See more »


[first lines]
Young Fernando Columbus: Of all the words my father wrote - and there were many - I remember these the most: "Nothing that results from human progress is achieved with unanimous consent. And those who are enlightened before the others are condemned to persue that light in spite of others."
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Version of Christoph Columbus (1923) See more »


Permission of Grem Records, France
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The Best Columbus Film Ever Made
16 October 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Ridley Scott's masterpiece, 1492: A Conquest of Paradise, is a visually compelling film and well acted. Those who gave low viewer ratings in the viewer comments obviously do not see the beauty of epic films. Epics are supposed to be kind of lengthy. It is, to me, the best depiction of Columbus I have ever seen. True, the lead actor is a Frenchman, but if you set that aside you can see that he looks and acts like what one would picture Columbus to be. Durring the sailing scenes it almost made you feel as though you were sailing along with Columbus. I think that the people who are down on the historical accuracies and "inaccuracies" of this film do not cease to realize that Columbus was out for more than spices from India but also a conquest to spread the Gospel to the people of the Far East. The other inaccuracies of the film have only been brought to light years after the films release. They discovered that Columbus was probably not from Genova.

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