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
The clothing Pocahontas is wearing during the audience with the queen is based on one of the few contemporary portraits of her. See more »
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 »
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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An extended cut was released on home video running at 172 min. See more »
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This film is sooooooooooooooooo slow moving.......if you ever have problems sleeping, buy this movie! I had to stay awake just to see the conclusion. It was entertaining but too much wasted time telling this very romantic love story. It was 125 minutes but with good editing could be told in 95 to 100 minutes. That makes a big difference! Colin Farrell & Christian Bale's love sick expressions were warm and sensitive but after the 400th time it was annoying.
There are good things about this film: Christopher Plummer always adds authenticity to films......Q'orianka Kitcher was perfectly cast as Pocahontas. She looked very Native American and was really lovely! Good to see Wes Studi again, star of "Geronimo: An American Legend". Background and scenery was entertaining as was the story of early America.
Worth seeing if you can just get by the slow parts. Probably worth a 5 or 6 out of 10.
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