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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.

Director:

Terrence Malick

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Once discovered, it was changed forever


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

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Trivia

Because of Terrence Malick's habit of cutting and editing his films repeatedly, much of the music that James Horner wrote for the film never made it to the final cut, except for a few fragments. In an interview, Horner said that Malick loved his score, but had no clue about what to do with it. He concluded that working with Malick was "the most disappointing experience I've ever had with a man" and that "I never felt so letdown by a filmmaker in my life". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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

An extended cut was released on home video running at 172 min. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Ancient Voices
Written and Performed by R. Carlos Nakai
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies/Mayflower Music Corp
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Staggering.
29 January 2006 | by cre8inator-1See all my reviews

This film was everything I had hoped for and infinite volumes more. Writer/Director Terrence Malik simply refuses to see film-making as anything short of an art form and handles his brushes (not to mention every frame) with the tender care and command of an artistic master.

The warnings are true... if you're looking for standard Hollywood fare, then run away. However, if you were trying hard to remember what film-making is supposed to be about, then this film is an absolute MUST SEE. While it is not forcefully spiritual in its aural narrative, I found this film to be a deeply religious experience in ways that words fail to express.

True to form, Malik affords the world of this film as much character as the humans themselves possess. Long stretches of nothing but ambient, nat sounds. Stunning snapshots of the peripheral influences to each scene (i.e. blowing grass, running streams, towering trees). Even an ending title sequence that lives beyond the narrative... breathing the last breaths of a tale that has managed to regularly transcends words.

Sharp. Detailed. Purposeful. Bold. Brilliant.

I have not been this happy about a film in a very long time. Well worth the money. Well worth the time. You will leave better for having seen it.

I could not recommend it more!


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Algonquin | Inuktitut

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,864, 25 December 2005

Gross USA:

$12,712,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,334,775
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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