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Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)

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Genoese navigator overcomes intrigue in the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and gains financing for his expedition to the East Indies.

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John Glen

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Mario Puzo (story), John Briley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Tomas de Torquemada
Tom Selleck ... King Ferdinand
Georges Corraface ... Christopher Columbus (as George Corraface)
Rachel Ward ... Queen Isabella of Castille
Robert Davi ... Martin Pinzon
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Beatriz (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
Oliver Cotton ... Harana
Benicio Del Toro ... Alvaro Harana (as Benicio del Toro)
Mathieu Carrière ... King John (as Mathieu Carriere)
Manuel de Blas ... Vicente Pinzon
Glyn Grain Glyn Grain ... De La Cosa
Peter Guinness ... Fra Perez
Nigel Terry ... Roldan
Nitzan Sharron Nitzan Sharron ... Benjamin
Steven Hartley ... Terreros
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Storyline

Genoan navigator Christopher Columbus has a dream to find an alternative route to sail to the Indies, by traveling west instead of east, across the unchartered Ocean sea. After failing to find backing from the Portugese, he goes to the Spanish court to ask Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand for help. After surviving a grilling from the Head of the Spanish Inquisition Tomas de Torquemada, he eventually gets the blessing from Queen Isabella and sets sail in three ships to travel into the unknown. Along the way he must deal with sabotage from Portugese spies and mutiny from a rebellious crew. Written by measham

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Chosen by a queen. Driven by a dream. He dared to go to the edge, and kept going.


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Rated PG-13 for some action violence, and for nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cristóbal Colón: el descubrimiento See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic Ocean See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,251,071
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Dolby

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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According to Variety Magazine, Marlon Brando was paid $5 million for his cameo as Torquemada. Over ten years earlier, Brando had set an industry record when "Christopher Columbus" producer Ilya Salkind had paid him $3.7 million for twelve days work on Superman (1978) against a percentage of the gross. That deal yielded Brando $14 million, though he had to sue the producer to get it. It was widely suspected that Brando took the role to raise money to pay for the defense of his son Christian Brando, who had been indicted on murder charges after shooting his sister Cheyenne's lover, Dag Drollett. See more »

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Christopher Columbus: You said my faith would light my way, yet all I see before me is a sea of darkness. Why your highness has God forsaken me?
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An old-timey sort of film; should have starred Errol Flynn
11 June 2005 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

This seems really to be an old-fashioned adventure film, the kind the studios churned out in great numbers in the 1940's. Maybe an Errol Flynn vehicle. That's the way Georges Corraface plays it, and it's okay. Not great, but okay. Marlon Brando totally mailed it in, as he was wont to do in his later years. Tom Selleck is a wonderful actor, but he really couldn't pull it off in this one. Rachel Ward was much more believable as Queen Isabella, regal, with more than a little bit of religious fanaticism. She also played it with minimal make-up, looking very forty-ish, something many actresses of her stature and beauty would have refused. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Benicio del Toro put in decent showings, given the limitations of the material. The scriptwriters were probably in a bit of a quandary, since the occasion (500th anniversary) called for a hagiography, but on the other hand, political correctness makes Colon out to be a villain. They tried to split the difference, and it didn't work. But over-all, this film is not as bad as some make it out to be. Oh, and mention must be made of the beauty of Tailinh Forest Flower as the Indian chieftain's daughter. Wow!


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