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The New World (2005)

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The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.


Terrence Malick


Terrence Malick
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Captain Smith
Q'orianka Kilcher ... Pocahontas
Christopher Plummer ... Captain Newport
Christian Bale ... John Rolfe
August Schellenberg ... Powhatan
Wes Studi ... Opechancanough
David Thewlis ... Wingfield
Yorick van Wageningen ... Captain Argall
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Tomocomo (as Raoul Trujillo)
Michael Greyeyes ... Rupwew
Kalani Queypo ... Parahunt
Ben Mendelsohn ... Ben
Noah Taylor ... Selway
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Lewes
Ben Chaplin ... Robinson


Captain Smith is spared his mutinous hanging sentence after captain Newport's ship arrives in 1607 to found Jamestown, an English colony in Virginia. The initially friendly natives, who have no personal property concept, turn hostile after a 'theft' is 'punished' violently on the spot. During an armed exploration, Smith is captured, but spared when the chief's favorite daughter Pocahontas pleads for the stranger who soon becomes her lover and learns to love their naive 'savage' way of harmonious life. Ultimately he returns to the grim fort, which would starve hadn't she arranged for Indian generosity. Alas, each side soon brands their own lover a traitor, so she is banished and he flogged as introduction to slavish toiling. Changes turn again, leading Smith to accept a northern-more mission and anglicized Pocahontas, believing him dead, becoming the mother of aristocratic new lover John Rolfe's son. They'll meet again for a finale in England. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Once discovered, it was changed forever

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense battle sequences | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


According to editor Richard Chew, Terrence Malick shoots a lot of film because he's really trying to get into the subconscious of the actors who inhabit these characters, and he's trying to find these unconscious kind of movements or postures, expressions that the actors can give. See more »


Pocahontas would have been topless during this period. See more »


[first lines]
Pocahontas: Come, spirit, help us sing the story of our land. You are our mother. We, your field of corn. We rise from out of the soul of you.
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Alternate Versions

A 150 minute version of the film played for one week starting Dec 25, 2005 at two theaters in LA and two in New York, so the film would be eligible for Oscar consideration. Before the wide release in January, Malick re-edited the film, cutting it down to 135 minutes. See more »


References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »


Ritual 1
Written and Performed by R. Carlos Nakai
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies/Mayflower Music Corp
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A meaningful work filled with tastefully touches
12 August 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Terrence Malick is a director who really does want to be anonymous… He is a professor from some distant university who is stumbled into the world of show business and refused to be seduced by it in any way… He does it his way, and only his way…

To him "The New World" is a dream and he presents it in a wonderful way, avoiding the reality of history and avoiding the authenticity of it… It's one man's vision and he sees it with visuals and with sounds of nature… Smith and the little Indian teenager were very in love with each other and Malick show it very gently and beautifully in his film…

Colin Farrell embodied the character of Smith, his age, his right spirit… He is an adventurer with energetic power…He gives a solid, believable performance playing Captain John Smith, the mutinous explorer whose mastery of experience and his inability to stay in one place, increases his desire to look ahead and explore new horizons, always wondering where he will be next…

Q'Orianka Kilcher stands as Mataoka or Pocahontas, the incredibly strong young woman, obviously incredibly smart and lightning… She is her father's favor, very innocent, very playful, in touch with everything, in touch with the earth, with the sun, with the sky, worshipping the beauty of the nature… Smith was vividly drawn to her because of her ability to represent the beauty that's he never experienced before…

Pocahontas was really looking for bringing two totally different worlds together and collaborating for peace… She was a big dreamer with wildly unrealistic expectations... Malick taught her how to act through silence, and she conveys what she was saying in words through her silence…

Malick is an interesting director, and a great philosopher… He's just all heart, all instinct… His work speaks to the heart of the humanity… He's not interested in recording history but moving far beyond a simplistic love story

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English | Algonquin | Inuktitut

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,864, 25 December 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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