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.

Director:

John Glen

Writers:

Mario Puzo (story), John Briley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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Gabriel Byrne was offered to play the role of Christopher Columbus. See more »

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Harana: [after Alvaro has killed another Spaniard] Now they know that we're not gods!
Alvaro Harana: I always knew you weren't a god.
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extremely entertaining
29 June 2005 | by film-guySee all my reviews

I had a wonderful time watching this film. I know it's considered by some to be inferior in comparison to the more lofty Conquest of Paradise, but I just can't help liking it. I'd rather watch Christopher Columbus: The Discovery over The Conquest of Paradise any time. It's a swashbuckling high-adventure movie with plenty of panache. Perhaps that wasn't what many expected from a Columbus movie, but it works for me. One previous reviewer said it seemed like something Erol Flynn would have starred in. I agree. I first approached this flick as an entertaining tall-tale in the tradition of classic adventure/pirate films and greatly enjoyed The Discovery.


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Country:

UK | USA | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,101,563, 23 August 1992

Gross USA:

$8,251,071

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,251,071
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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