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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Columbus
... Sanchez
... Queen Isabel of Castille
... Older Fernando
... Beatrix
... Marchena
... Moxica
... Pinzon
... Captain Mendez
... Santangel
... Bobadilla
... Arojaz
... Fernando (aged 10)
John Heffernan ... Brother Buyl
... Guevara
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Big budget account of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas. Released in 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery. Shows the disastrous effects the Europeans had on the original inhabitants, and Columbus' struggle to civilize the New World. Written by Rob Hartill

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Centuries before the exploration of space, there was another voyage into the unknown.


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Rated PG-13 for historical violence and brutality | See all certifications »

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9 October 1992 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,191,399
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hans Zimmer was originally chosen to compose the music for the film until Ridley Scott decided to approach Vangelis. See more »

Goofs

The film's epilogue does not state that Columbus took his third and final voyage to America as mentioned by a previous reviewer. It says that Columbus took his "final voyage" to The New World in 1502. It does not specify a number for the voyage. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Fernando Columbus: Of all the words my father wrote - and there were many - I remember these the most: "Nothing that results from human progress is achieved with unanimous consent. And those who are enlightened before the others are condemned to persue that light in spite of others."
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Referenced in Collateral (2004) See more »

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Good action, Bad History.
16 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I have rarely seen a big budget historical film filled with so many inaccuracies. One would think that a film of that caliber could have hired a writer who would have known that Columbus left Hispaniola with only two ships, since the Sta. Maria was destroyed. The film shows 3 ships departing. There is never a mention of a third or fourth voyage, nor of the discovery of Terra Firme. Further, there is not a single mention of the name Hispaniola (or La Española) in the film. The dramatic scene of landfall at Guanahaní is ruined by the appearance of the island. Watling Island is low and scrub covered, not hilly and forested. The birds on the island and the fauna are more proper of Costa Rica. The scene of the death of a crewmember from a snake bite is a comical sham. Not only were are there no poisonous snakes in the Caribbean, there are no snakes at all on Watling. The budget of the film could have bought a lot more! What a waste...


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