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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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Just prior to the marriage proposal by Rolf to Rebecca, they are seen walking through a large field of foxtail grass. Foxtail is a European/Asian grass, and was introduced to the Americas far later than the colonial period. A field of green foxtail or yellow foxtail could not have been present for them to walk through. 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 »

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Vorspiel to Das Rheingold
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Poignant and transcendental
22 January 2006 | by kaessnerSee all my reviews

First, let me applaud this film. I have been waiting for Terrence Malick's fourth film ever since I saw The Thin Red Line. Arguably, Malick is one of the most adept and deliberate filmmakers right now. The New World is nearly flawless, and the beauty of Malick's direction adds to the argument that film can still be considered aesthetic. Much has been lost in the last 30 years, but Terrence Malick sticks to what he knows. What some people may complain about this movie are the long silences, the action-less movement, and the poetic voice over. This is what Malick does. He is a modern transcendentalist. What he does with film is comparable to what Emerson did in writing. The color is naturalistic, and the sounds are earthly. It helps that Malick uses natural light for his shots, giving the scenery more life and texture. As for the substance of the film, what isn't pantomimed in subtle gestures and movements is brought to life with flowing poetic voice over. This goes all the way back to Badlands for Malick. But here, we get varying minds contributing. There are some moments in this film when the viewer has to understand the characters by their facial expressions instead of their words. I think that will be hard for a lot of people who are expecting a more vocative and kinetic film. As for the acting, I was very impressed with all involved, particularly Q'Orianka Kilcher. This young woman played the part of innocence beautifully. I also have to give some credit to Colin Farrell, considering I never expect much out of him. Unlike some of his other movies, he was not in it to steal the spotlight. Everyone played their parts without any excessive over-acting. This movie is a historical drama, but I feel like the history aspect is merely a backdrop for the Terrence Malick play. In his production, the flowing waters and the forest canopy are the actors, and the gentle reflections of troubled minds are the words. Truly, this is an incredible film. I have waited a long time for Terrence Malick to wow me again, and he has done exactly that. If you want a movie that tears at your heart strings, then go see something recycled like Brokeback Mountain. If you want a transcendental experience, one that challenges you to go deeper than the surface of the film, then The New World is waiting.


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