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
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

Sigourney Weaver's character was played by Rachel Ward earlier this year in Christopher Columbus: The Discovery. Ward's husband, Bryan Brown, appeared with Weaver in Gorillas in the Mist. See more »

Goofs

The film makes reference to three voyages, stating that the second voyage was the one in which Columbus fell out of favor; the epilogue says that Columbus took a third and final voyage to America. Actually, Columbus made four voyages. The second voyage tarnished Columbus's reputation, but it was the third voyage which proved to be his downfall. 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 Animated Hero Classics: Christopher Columbus (1991) See more »

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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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Awful
7 August 2000 | by kdmowskiSee all my reviews

What a bad movie. In the worst tradition of Hollywood, this film is full of cliches and simplifications. Every character's actions and personality can be predicted the second s/he appears on the screen. The past filtered through political correctness and ignorance looks very black and white. The queen is independent and intelligent, the nobles are greedy and selfish, the churchmen are a bunch of fanatical, ignorant liars. Anything else? Oh yes, I cannot believe that Depardieu agreed to play in this pathetic excuse for a movie.


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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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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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