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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Columbus (as George Corraface)
Martin Pinzon
Beatriz (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
Alvaro Harana (as Benicio del Toro)
King John (as Mathieu Carriere)
Vicente Pinzon
Glyn Grain ...
De La Cosa
Fra Perez
Nitzan Sharron ...


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cristóbal Colón: el descubrimiento  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This project was concurrently developed with Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) to be released on time for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. See more »


Harana: [after Alvaro has killed another Spaniard] Now they know that we're not gods!
Alvaro Harana: I always knew you weren't a god.
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Version of Cristóbal Colón (1943) See more »

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Christopher Columbus: the Travesty
10 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Really not much of anything: all the things that could have been interesting to work out (such as the enslavement of the natives) are not pursued, but rather avoided, and the cast isn't great either. Tom Selleck as the King of Spain is an exceptional example of miscasting. There is lack of depth and indeed lack of actual involvement with the subject. Too bad, now the movie is boring and pointless, really. Watch 1492 Conquest of Paradise instead.

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