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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

Writers:

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,251,071
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This project was concurrently developed with Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) to be released on time for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1992 (1993) See more »

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swashbuckling adventure / cautionary tale
18 November 2005 | by magicinemaSee all my reviews

Do not go into this movie expecting a strictly serious biography of Christopher Columbus. This is an adventure movie by the same producers of The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Supergirl, and Santa Claus: The Movie. It was directed by the same director of Iron Eagle III, License To Kill, Living Daylights, View To A Kill, and Octopussy. All of that means this isn't a serious historical biography and was never intended to be. It's a swashbuckling version of the legend of Columbus that's also cautionary tale about the destructive power of greed. It's also family entertainment so don't expect it to be too dull or deep. I look forward to the day when this movie is available on DVD.


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