Big budget account of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas. Released in 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery. Shows the disastrous effects the Europeans had on the original inhabitants, and Columbus' struggle to civilize the New World. Written by
Hans Zimmer was originally chosen to compose the music for the film until Ridley Scott decided to approach Vangelis. See more »
In the very beginning of the movie, before the first voyage, there is a chariot transporting Columbus into a Monastery. The chariot almost runs over some birds at the entrance of the monastery: some chickens and a TURKEY. Turkeys are native to the American Continent, there no were turkeys in Europe before Columbus' travels. See more »
Young Fernando Columbus:
Of all the words my father wrote - and there were many - I remember these the most: "Nothing that results from human progress is achieved with unanimous consent. And those who are enlightened before the others are condemned to persue that light in spite of others."
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This is a great film, I really enjoyed watching it. We watched a small amount at school, and I just had to go out and borrow the video to watch it all. Gérard did a great job of playing Christopher Columbus, this film is also very informative and I did learn from it. I would recommend that everyone go and get this film on video and watch it.
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