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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writer:

Rose Bosch (scenario) (as Roselyne Bosch)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Columbus
Armand Assante ... Sanchez
Sigourney Weaver ... Queen Isabel
Loren Dean ... Older Fernando
Ángela Molina ... Beatrix (as Angela Molina)
Fernando Rey ... Marchena
Michael Wincott ... Moxica
Tchéky Karyo ... Pinzon (as Tcheky Karyo)
Kevin Dunn ... Captain Mendez
Frank Langella ... Santangel
Mark Margolis ... Bobadilla
Kario Salem ... Arojaz
Billy L. Sullivan ... Fernando (aged 10) (as Billy Sullivan)
John Heffernan John Heffernan ... Brother Buyl
Arnold Vosloo ... Guevara
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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 Rob Hartill

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Centuries before the exploration of space, there was another voyage into the unknown.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for historical violence and brutality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Spain

Language:

Spanish | Latin | English

Release Date:

9 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Columbus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,002,680, 12 October 1992

Gross USA:

$7,191,399

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,191,399
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastman)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's production coincided with Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), one of the two films celebrating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. See more »

Goofs

In the film, the nobleman Adrián de Moxica cuts the hand of a Native American because he wasn't able to pay taxes in gold to the Spaniards, something which Columbus condemns. In fact, it was Columbus himself who introduced this practice of cutting the hands. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Alternate Versions

Laserdisc version runs about six minutes longer and includes the following:
  • Christopher Columbus sits down to talk to his wife
  • One man is bit by a deadly snake and dies
  • Chistopher Columbus and his joke around about food
  • The burnings are shown in close up shots
  • Gun shot blast to the helmet is more graphic
  • A stabbing features more blood
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Connections

Featured in Vangelis: Conquest of Paradise (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Conquest of Paradise
(uncredited)
Written by Vangelis
Composed and arranged by Vangelis
Featuring The English Chamber Choir, Guy Protheroe
Produced by Vangelis, Frederick Rousseau
Recorded and mixed by Philippe Colonna
Courtesy of East West
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The New Land
2 October 2013 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

1992 marked the 500th anniversary of the 'discovery' of the Americas.

It meant there were a plethora of documentaries and articles on Columbus. Some were critical that he discovered a continent that already had 1 million people living there.

Others suggested that the Americas might had been discovered by others before. Also Columbus found the wrong place as he thought it was India.

Ultimately many of the original inhabitants of the continent suffered from his discovery.

1492 from Ridley Scott tries to makes sense of these contradictions. It is a gloriously flawed film that has great art direction, production and music.

A multinational cast with Depardieu speaking his lines with a heavy French accent but bringing presence. Scott scored with his supporting cast of villains, all of them hiss-able as vipers on the head of Medusa. You know early on things are going to turn ugly for the native in the new world.

Scott likes his history, he admires Islamic history and you see it early on when it comes to the Reconquista. When Moorish structures are destroyed and lost forever, it shows that the Spanish aristocrats were not appreciative of the arts and noble causes.

They only care about the monarchy, church and gold.

Columbus is painted as a romantic adventurer, misguided even naive.

Depardieu cannot quiet hold the film together, frankly his English is not good enough. It is still a bold attempt at filmmaking but we lack the real, more complex and a more greedy Columbus.


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