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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.
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1985  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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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
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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

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English

Release Date:

19 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cristofor Columb See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

"Cristoforo Colombo" theme song (Riz Ortolani - L. Raggi, Benjamin) performed by Plácido Domingo. See more »

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Version of Cristóvão Colombo (1957) See more »

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the best TV miniseries ever made
15 May 2005 | by daisuke69See all my reviews

Not only is this by far the best film adaptation of Columbus and his life, it is very probably the best TV miniseries ever made. Nothing I have ever seen surpasses the setting and acting given out in this series, this is so good that it should be shown at schools religiously in order to teach them about columbus' voyage (even if current wisdom no longer reads that columbus discovered America).

I have watched this series at least 5 times and it never ceases to enthrall me. The first time I watched it I must have been about 8 and ever since then when I think of columbus I think of Gabriel Byrne, this one performance seen at an early age made me a fan for life of his work.

ALL acting is superb, wardrobe is out of this world. There isn't a single thing I could criticize in it.

I echo the other comments... if this ever comes out on DVD I'm buying a copy in case I ever have kids!


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