7 user 3 critic

Christopher Columbus 

After his proposal to sail west to the East Indies is rejected by Portugal, Columbus overcomes court intrigue in Spain to gain support for his expedition.




Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Christopher Columbus overcomes intrigue at the Spanish court and convinces Queen Isabella that his plan to reach the East by sailing west is practical.

Director: David MacDonald
Stars: Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Francis L. Sullivan
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

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.

Director: John Glen
Stars: Marlon Brando, Tom Selleck, Georges Corraface
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A true story of a doctor and his wife who went on a journey in order to prove that discoverer Christopher Columbus was in fact Portuguese.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira
Stars: Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Baldaque, Manoel de Oliveira
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Coming back from an extended business trip, Frank discovers that his girlfriend Janie is now working at a new resort hotel where the owner has given her a permanent place to stay, as well ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Collinson
Stars: Oliver Reed, Susan George, Raymond Burr
Action | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

During the Angola Civil War, CIA agent Michael Smith is captured by the Communists, prompting a rescue mission organized by his father aided by hired mercenaries.

Director: John 'Bud' Cardos
Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Robert Vaughn, Oliver Reed
The Bruce (1996)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

In the early 14th century, Scottish warrior and Earl Robert the Bruce is crowned King of Scots, leading Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence against England.

Directors: Bob Carruthers, David McWhinnie
Stars: Gary Andrew, Brian Blessed, Richard Brimblecombe
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: José Díaz Morales
Stars: Julio Villarreal, Consuelo Frank, José Baviera
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver
Dragonard (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

On an 18th century Caribbean island run by debauched colonial plantation owners, an enslaved Scotsman joins a slave revolt.

Director: Gérard Kikoïne
Stars: Oliver Reed, Eartha Kitt, Annabel Schofield
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

An ugly, misshapen podiatrist ingests a formula made by a colleague and turns into a handsome, devil-may-care (but violent) ladies' man.

Director: Charles B. Griffith
Stars: Oliver Reed, Sunny Johnson, Maia Danziger
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Happily engaged to her handsome fiance, Charles, Fanny is soon hit with one misfortune after another until she is forced to become a prostitute to survive. This is the story, with many ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry O'Hara
Stars: Lisa Foster, Oliver Reed, Wilfrid Hyde-White


Series cast summary:
Gabriel Byrne ...  Christopher Columbus 4 episodes, 1985
Rossano Brazzi ...  Diego Ortiz De Vilhegas 4 episodes, 1985
Virna Lisi ...  Dona Moniz Perestrello 4 episodes, 1985
Oliver Reed ...  Martin Pinzon 4 episodes, 1985
Raf Vallone ...  Jose Vizinho 4 episodes, 1985
Max von Sydow ...  King John of Portugal 4 episodes, 1985
Eli Wallach ...  Father Hernando De Talavera 4 episodes, 1985
Nicol Williamson ...  King Ferdinand 4 episodes, 1985
Faye Dunaway ...  Queen Isabella of Spain 4 episodes, 1985
Michel Auclair ...  Luis De Santangel 4 episodes, 1985
William Berger ...  Francisco De Bobadilla 4 episodes, 1985
Keith Buckley ...  De Torres 4 episodes, 1985
Mark Buffery Mark Buffery ...  Bartholomo Colombo 4 episodes, 1985
Anne Canovas ...  Beatriz Enriquez 4 episodes, 1985
Elpidia Carrillo ...  Coana 4 episodes, 1985
Massimo Girotti ...  Duke Medina Celi 4 episodes, 1985
Larry Lamb ...  Don Castillo 4 episodes, 1985
Stefano Madia ...  Federico 4 episodes, 1985
Audrey Matson Audrey Matson ...  Dona Felipa Perestrello 4 episodes, 1985
Murray Melvin ...  Father Linares 4 episodes, 1985
Jack Watson ...  Father Marchena 4 episodes, 1985
Hal Yamanouchi ...  Guacanabo 4 episodes, 1985
Claudio Aliotti Claudio Aliotti ...  Diego as an Adult 4 episodes, 1985
Patrick Bauchau ...  Don Rodrigo 4 episodes, 1985
Kasimir Berger Kasimir Berger ...  Diego as a Child 4 episodes, 1985
Sal Borgese ...  Juan 4 episodes, 1985
Charles Borromel Charles Borromel ...  Xarmiento 4 episodes, 1985
Tony Camilleri Tony Camilleri ...  Riquelme 4 episodes, 1985
Scott Coffey ...  Vallejo 4 episodes, 1985
Cyrus Elias Cyrus Elias ...  Alaminos 4 episodes, 1985
Francesco Lattuada Francesco Lattuada ...  De Triana 4 episodes, 1985
Patrick Longhi Patrick Longhi ...  Ferdinand 4 episodes, 1985
Alexander Lopez Alexander Lopez ...  Diego Taino 4 episodes, 1985
Antonio Marsina ...  Vicente Pinzon 4 episodes, 1985
David Mills David Mills ...  Dr. Chanca 4 episodes, 1985
Lino Mintoff Lino Mintoff ...  De Gamma 4 episodes, 1985
Brizio Montinaro Brizio Montinaro ...  Ocampo 4 episodes, 1985
Joseph Murphy Joseph Murphy ...  Escobedo 4 episodes, 1985
Luca Orlandini Luca Orlandini ...  Diego as a Teenager 4 episodes, 1985
Iris Peynado ...  Selina 4 episodes, 1985
Jean-François Poron Jean-François Poron ...  Alonso De Mardan 4 episodes, 1985
Erik Schumann ...  Benguela 4 episodes, 1985
Gregory Snegoff ...  Francisco Pinzon 4 episodes, 1985
John Suda John Suda ...  Ruiz 4 episodes, 1985
Sergio Testori Sergio Testori ...  Arias 4 episodes, 1985
Fabiola Toledo ...  Dona Maria De Toledo 4 episodes, 1985
Josefina Vetencourt Josefina Vetencourt ...  Clara De Moya 4 episodes, 1985
Heinz Weiss Heinz Weiss ...  Noscomb 4 episodes, 1985
David de Keyser David de Keyser ...  Of various roles 4 episodes, 1985
Alexander Lopi Alexander Lopi 4 episodes, 1985
César Olmos César Olmos 4 episodes, 1985
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ...  Of various roles 4 episodes, 1985


The epic mini-series tells the story of the legendary Italian-born explorer Diego de Geona Taino, later known as Christopher Columbus, from his birth in c.1450 Genoa, Italy, to his young adult years as an expert sailor and navigator who, with money funded from the monarchy of Spain, sailed to the unknown West to find Asia in 1492, and instead found a 'New World' of the modern day West Indies to South America, and then follows his later years in his 50's as a tired, ailing man whose dreams of exploration and discovery to which he passed onto his son, and other followers, just before his death in 1506. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Italy | France | West Germany | USA



Release Date:

19 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cristofor Columb See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Even though Raf Vallone can speak English, his voice is dubbed by another in the English language release. See more »


Version of Christopher Columbus (1904) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

By far the best film on Columbus
13 December 2005 | by edjavegaSee all my reviews

I saw this in late 1985 on TV and was pleasantly surprised by its very high quality and by the presence of so many recognizable names and faces (Faye Dunaway, Gabriel Byrne, Rosanno Brazzi, Raf Vallone, Eli Wallach, Max von Sydow, Oliver Reed, Virna Lisi, Nicol Williamson, Elpidia Carrillo,etc.) in the supporting cast.

In 1992 there were these two films on Columbus and neither holds a candle to this superb TV miniseries. They are almost a travesty to the great achievement of the Genoese explorer. This TV movie on the other hand properly does him justice.

Gabriel Byrne as Columbus and Faye Dunaway as Queen Isabela of Spain give memorable performances. It was good that this series did not imply that there was a romance or romantic attraction between the two, unlike in the two 1992 films, as that has never been established for sure by historians.

The script is also balanced in that it shows important facets about the story and the period: Colombus' drive and determination against all odds; Spanish religious zeal after the expulsion of the Moors; the vision of the Spanish monarchs in supporting Colombus when the Portuguese King did not; the courage of the seamen who sailed with Colombus, but also, their cruelty to the Indians who were just defending their land; Columbus' skills as a seaman but ineptness as an administrator; the beauty of both Renaissance Europe and pre-Columbian America. It's all here.

This is clearly a high-budget affair, with its expensive sets and costumes. And remember, this was in the days before CG, so the ships you see here are real.

The music is also inspiring and for opera fans, you get the bonus of hearing the great Plácido Domingo sing Italian-language lyrics to the main theme at the end credits.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed