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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



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Tomocomo (as Raoul Trujillo)


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pocahontas (the better-known nickname for Mataoka) is never called Pocahontas during the entire film; no Native American character is ever addressed or referred to by name. See more »


During the Natives' assault on the fort, one of the English settler's guns is seen bending like rubber as they are beating the Natives through the wall. 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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Kihshahkuyew Nupuy
Written and Performed by Q'orianka Kilcher
Courtesy of Q'orianka Music Publishing, Inc.
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23 January 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A quite-literally breathtaking 120 minute montage of sights and sounds evoking the first British contact with North America. The narrative is minimal, even inconsequential, as perhaps it should be in a story that is predominantly about the human need to communicate even when language is a barrier rather than a vehicle to understanding. The performances are universally outstanding, the cinematography and editing award worthy, and the use of 'Das Rheingold' the most inspired use of Wagner ever in a movie. 'The New World' is a genuinely poetic, lyrical, visually stunning and heartbreaking movie. About as flawless as cinema gets. For those still unsure of my feelings, I loved this movie.

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