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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tomas de Torquemada
... King Ferdinand
... Christopher Columbus (as George Corraface)
... Queen Isabella of Castille
... Martin Pinzon
... Beatriz (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
... Harana
... Alvaro Harana (as Benicio del Toro)
... King John (as Mathieu Carriere)
... Vicente Pinzon
Glyn Grain ... De La Cosa
... Fra Perez
... Roldan
Nitzan Sharron ... Benjamin
... Terreros
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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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Cristóbal Colón: el descubrimiento  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,251,071
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Gabriel Byrne was offered to play the role of Christopher Columbus. See more »

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Christopher Columbus: [to the prostitute who tried to mug him] Stick to your profession, beware the Genoese, and shun the Devil!
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Referenced in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) See more »

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swashbuckling adventure / cautionary tale
18 November 2005 | by See 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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