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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

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

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writer:

Rose Bosch (scenario) (as Roselyne Bosch)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Columbus
Armand Assante ... Sanchez
Sigourney Weaver ... Queen Isabel of Castille
Loren Dean ... Older Fernando
Ángela Molina ... Beatrix
Fernando Rey ... Marchena
Michael Wincott ... Moxica
Tchéky Karyo ... Pinzon
Kevin Dunn ... Captain Mendez
Frank Langella ... Santangel
Mark Margolis ... Bobadilla
Kario Salem ... Arojaz
Billy L. Sullivan ... Fernando (aged 10)
John Heffernan John Heffernan ... Brother Buyl
Arnold Vosloo ... 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Columbus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,191,399
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastman)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Rose Bosch got the idea for the project when she discovered millions of untranslated parchments while researching an article on Columbus. After joining forces with a French film executive, she finally found an interested director in Ridley Scott, who had always wanted to make a movie about Columbus. Scott agreed to direct the film on one condition: Columbus must be played by Gérard Depardieu. Depardieu was contacted, and eager to take the part. See more »

Goofs

In 1492, Columbus tells Father Antonio that there are two ways to reach East Asia, one of them being the year-long sea route around the African continent. Although Bartolomeu Dias had discovered the Cape of Good Hope in 1488 and declared it possible to reach India by sea, the actual journey was first made by Vasco da Gama in 1497-1499. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

Japanese laserdisc is a longer cut of the film with five deleted scenes and a few extended ones. And R-rated violence that was cut for the US PG-13 version. The soundtrack for the film indicates that the film was originally much longer. See more »

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Version of Christoph Columbus (1923) See more »

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Composed and Performed by Richard Horowitz
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
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Great Historical account , with minor inaccuracies
23 February 2005 | by leftyguns2See all my reviews

As an avid historical buff I definitely consider this film a must see.

Unlike other film which are simply based on history, Conquest was more realistic than others. In most aspects anyway. I will discuss to some degree where I feel that "artistic license" was used.

The scene where victims of the inquisition, were executed many of them Jews was quite accurate. Contrary to popular belief, most were strangled before set on fire. The film showed that in detail.

The encounter with the natives took place on the beach according to most accounts, not inland as in the film , This is one of the first inaccuracies.

Another inaccuracy was that Sanchez , brilliantly portrayed by Armand Assante. According to histirical texts went on the voyage. His assignment to safeguard th e Spanish crown's share of any riches seized. another historical inaccuracy.

Later came the Moxica character portrays by Michael Wincott. He cut of the arm of a native who hadn't found any gold. This was very accurate the natives were given quotas of gold the had to find and give to the Spaniards as tribute. Those who didn't comply were often mutilated. Also many of the early colonists rose in rebellion against Columbus.

But the most profound dialogue in the entire movie was when Friar Rojas mentioned to Sanchez, referring to Columbus " what a waste of a life" Sanchez replies " If either of our names are ever remembered it will only be because of his" A must see for anyone who appreciates history.


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