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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.

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Terrence Malick

Writer:

Terrence Malick
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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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Algonquin

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El nuevo mundo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,000, 25 December 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,712,093, 2 April 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,536,013, 6 June 2013
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Very little of composer James Horner's music is featured in the film as Malick ultimately went on to use various classical pieces by Mozart, Wagner, and others. Horner even wrote an original song with Glen Ballard known as "Listen to the Wind". It was going to be played over the end credits, but it was not used as well. See more »

Goofs

In the early portion of the movie, the natives are shown harvesting corn (Zea maize), the ears of which are far larger than a human hand. At the time of the Jamestown colony, native corn was typically the size of a human thumb, rarely ever bigger. Large corn, such as pictured in the movie, is a product of seed selection and genetic research, mostly done since the 1860s. 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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Water Bearer
Written and Performed by R. Carlos Nakai
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies/Mayflower Music Corp.
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Quite simply, sensational.
3 February 2006 | by thetempletterrorSee all my reviews

This was incredible. I'm living at the moment in the awful urban sprawl of Dublin , Ireland and took myself right into the inner city to see this and, to my surprise, found myself being transported not only to another land but also to another time. When I came out, I was in a trance for the rest of the day, pining for a land and society that is no more and dreaming sweet dreams of angelic Pocahontas, gentle John Rolfe and ruggedly genuine John Smith. All three of course excellently played by Q'uiranka (is that right), Christian and even Colin who, though the accent may have been shaky, captured perfectly what it would have been to be in John Smith's situation. Mallick, of course, is a genius and when his films are this good they're well worth the decade or so of waiting. Also, I don't know who the director of photography was but what a job they did, possibly the most beautiful film ever put on screen. All in all, a masterpiece which I'll carry with me every step I take in this ofttimes sorry world.


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