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The New World (2005)

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The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.



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Captain Smith is spared his mutinous hanging sentence after captain Newport's ship arrives in 1607 to found Jamestown, an English colony in Virginia. The initially friendly natives, who have no personal property concept, turn hostile after a 'theft' is 'punished' violently on the spot. During an armed exploration, Smith is captured, but spared when the chief's favorite daughter Pocahontas pleads for the stranger who soon becomes her lover and learns to love their naive 'savage' way of harmonious life. Ultimately he returns to the grim fort, which would starve hadn't she arranged for Indian generosity. Alas, each side soon brands their own lover a traitor, so she is banished and he flogged as introduction to slavish toiling. Changes turn again, leading Smith to accept a northern-more mission and anglicized Pocahontas, believing him dead, becoming the mother of aristocratic new lover John Rolfe's son. They'll meet again for a finale in England. Written by KGF Vissers

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Once discovered, it was changed forever

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense battle sequences | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El nuevo mundo  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$57,000 (USA) (23 December 2005)


$12,712,093 (USA) (31 March 2006)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Terrence Malick was so intent on this movie being authentic that he told the actors to do as the characters would. On his breaks, Christian Bale would even sit in John Rolfe's chair and smoke a pipe, and Q'orianka Kilcher did Algonquian dances. See more »


In the scene where Smith and the small party set off up river to find the "king", there are three wooden channel markers visible in the background. The size and shape indicate the markers were not placed there by the Native Americans of the 1600s. See more »


[first lines]
Pocahontas: Come, spirit, help us sing the story of our land. You are our mother. We, your field of corn. We rise from out of the soul of you.
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Referenced in A Christmas Tale (2008) See more »


Melt Earth to Sea
Music composed by Peter Holman
Lyrics by Ben Jonson
Performed by Philip Pickett / Musicians of the Globe
Courtesy of Universal International Music B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

29 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was everything I had hoped for and infinite volumes more. Writer/Director Terrence Malik simply refuses to see film-making as anything short of an art form and handles his brushes (not to mention every frame) with the tender care and command of an artistic master.

The warnings are true... if you're looking for standard Hollywood fare, then run away. However, if you were trying hard to remember what film-making is supposed to be about, then this film is an absolute MUST SEE. While it is not forcefully spiritual in its aural narrative, I found this film to be a deeply religious experience in ways that words fail to express.

True to form, Malik affords the world of this film as much character as the humans themselves possess. Long stretches of nothing but ambient, nat sounds. Stunning snapshots of the peripheral influences to each scene (i.e. blowing grass, running streams, towering trees). Even an ending title sequence that lives beyond the narrative... breathing the last breaths of a tale that has managed to regularly transcends words.

Sharp. Detailed. Purposeful. Bold. Brilliant.

I have not been this happy about a film in a very long time. Well worth the money. Well worth the time. You will leave better for having seen it.

I could not recommend it more!

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