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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

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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)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Connections

Version of Christopher Columbus (1904) See more »

Soundtracks

Conquest of Paradise
(uncredited)
Written by Vangelis
Composed and arranged by Vangelis
Featuring The English Chamber Choir, Guy Protheroe
Produced by Vangelis, Frederick Rousseau
Recorded and mixed by Philippe Colonna
Courtesy of East West
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Only if you hate history
1 July 2001 | by Angus-8See all my reviews

Yes, too long, too boring, too much license on the culture, and the characters aren't very believable. Also very surprising how it can be so outrageously kind to Columbus since this film was produced at a time when politically correct forces were raking the guy into infamy. I hate to sound like a broken record, but the music was beautiful. Maybe too much so. A inconspicuously second-rate score might have been more appropriate.


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Country:

UK | France | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish | Latin | Arabic

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,002,680, 12 October 1992

Gross USA:

$7,191,399

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,191,399
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Technical Specs

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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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