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
Kodak sent Terrence Malick a bottle of champagne after learning he had exposed over one million feet of their film stock. See more »
In the scene where Smith and the small party set off up river to find the "king", there are three wooden channel markers visible in the background. The size and shape indicate the markers were not placed there by the Native Americans of the 1600s. See more »
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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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 »
I could have loved this movie...... The poetry and swirling imagery was intensely beautiful and I love that kind of thing. I felt like I was in a dream. But whoever edited this movie needs to find another career...and fast! I was so agitated by the end of the movie I was ready to smash the DVD. The story bounced from here to there then everywhere else and I had to keep rewinding it to catch the actual story. What was the editor thinking??? Was the editor rushed or just didn't care? Were they told to cut the time down at the detriment of the movie? If the editing were as good as the visuals, this movie would be a certain 10. I feel that this movie has gone to waste with all the work and beauty put into it only to end up a mess like this.
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