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Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)

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Genoese navigator overcomes intrigue in the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and gains financing for his expedition to the East Indies.

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Christopher Columbus (as George Corraface)
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Genoan navigator Christopher Columbus has a dream to find an alternative route to sail to the Indies, by traveling west instead of east, across the unchartered Ocean sea. After failing to find backing from the Portugese, he goes to the Spanish court to ask Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand for help. After surviving a grilling from the Head of the Spanish Inquisition Tomas de Torquemada, he eventually gets the blessing from Queen Isabella and sets sail in three ships to travel into the unknown. Along the way he must deal with sabotage from Portugese spies and mutiny from a rebellious crew. Written by measham

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Chosen by a queen. Driven by a dream. He dared to go to the edge, and kept going.


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Rated PG-13 for some action violence, and for nudity | See all certifications »

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21 August 1992 (USA)  »

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Cristóbal Colón: el descubrimiento  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,251,071 (USA)
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Director John Glen cast Michael Gothard with the intention of him replacing Marlon Brando in the role of Tomas de Torquemada should Brando not arrive on-set. When Brando did not appear on the first day of shooting, Gothard shot a scene as Tomas, but Tom Selleck told Glen that he would leave the film if Brando did not show. Word got to Marlon Brando of this and he showed for the following day of filming, with the earlier scene being re-shot with him in the role. See more »

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Christopher Columbus: You said my faith would light my way, yet all I see before me is a sea of darkness. Why your highness has God forsaken me?
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Refreshing
17 August 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

My god, this Columbus kicks ass! Look, he's not apologizing! Look, he is not glorifying Islam! Look, he's not lamenting the evil of white people! Look, he's not a whimpering, deceitful wretch!

In other words, this film is nothing like Ridley Scott's politically correct pile of rubbish about the discovery of America.

This Columbus is confident, unapologetic, full of spirit. He does not weep and doubt himself in every scene. He's not a confused, indecisive fat git. Nor is he an evil murderer. He represents the spirit of Europe. He feels proud just as the filmmakers want us to feel proud of being Europeans.

That's why I give it ten stars. On purely artistic grounds, it's no great achievement, despite its budget and solid cast.


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