1492: Conquest of Paradise

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This, the second of 1992's 500th anniversary Christopher Columbus films the first being Warner Bros. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, adheres to the historical facts of Columbus's Gerard Depardieu possessed quest to discover the New World, and his solicitation of Queen Isabella Sigourney Weaver to gain the necessary funding. Despite travelogue-quality footage replete with beautiful scenery of Caribbean islands and a massive cast, this film tends to plod along with too predictable a plot and a mis-cast ...
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This, the second of 1992's 500th anniversary Christopher Columbus films the first being Warner Bros. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, adheres to the historical facts of Columbus's Gerard Depardieu possessed quest to discover the New World, and his solicitation of Queen Isabella Sigourney Weaver to gain the necessary funding. Despite travelogue-quality footage replete with beautiful scenery of Caribbean islands and a massive cast, this film tends to plod along with too predictable a plot and a mis-cast Columbus. Depardieu -- a very capable French actor speaking English and playing an Italian -- becomes perhaps the movie's bright spot even if at his own expense as he laughably struggles with line after line. Michael Wincott puts forth a worthy performance as a nasty Spanish nobleman whose mistreatment of the natives results in an open rebellion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 097363274230
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu Christopher Columbus
Armand Assante Sanchez
Sigourney Weaver Isabella of Spain
Loren Dean Older Fernando
Michael Wincott De Moxica
Ángela Molina Beatrix
Fernando Rey Friar Marchena
Tchéky Karyo Pinzon
Kevin Dunn Captain Mendez
Frank Langella Luis de Santangel
Mark Margolis Bobadilla
Kario Salem Arojaz
Billy L. Sullivan Fernando (Age 10)
John Heffernan Brother Buyl
Arnold Vosloo Guevara
Steven Waddington Bartolome
Fernando Guillen Cuervo Giacomo
Bercelio Moya Utapan
Juan Diego Botto Diego
José Ferrer Alonso
Louis Di Giaimo
Achero Manas Ship's Boy
Isabel Prinz Duenna
Fernando Garcia Rimada King Ferdinand
Angela Rosal Pinzon's Wife
Jack Taylor Vicuna
Albert Vidal Hernando de Talavera
Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director, Producer
William M. Anderson Editor
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Françoise Bonnot Editor
Roselyne Bosch Co-producer, Screenwriter
Marc Boyman Co-producer
Robin Clarke Sound Editor
Graeme Crowther Stunts
Benjamin Fernandez Art Director
Pierre Gamet Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Alain Goldman Producer
Martin Hitchcock Production Designer
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Pedro Lazaga Jr. Asst. Director
Ann Mollo Set Decoration/Design
Terry Needham Asst. Director
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Ona Planas Asst. Director
José Antonio Sanchez Makeup
Iain Smith Executive Producer
Adam Somner Asst. Director
Mimi Polk Sotela Producer
Norris Spencer Production Designer
Michael Stevenson Asst. Director
Garth Thomas Associate Producer
Les Tomkins Art Director
Vangelis Score Composer
David Worley Camera Operator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Realistic in my view

    Definately not sugar coated, and even if years later we cannot be exact. Certainly the brutality and ruthlessness to the native peoples are quite believable. As a native decendant, I wish more movies would come out that remove the romanticism of ''conquering the New World''. I keep hoping that one would follow showing what happened in Mexico with the Aztecs as well as more on treatment of the North American peoples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a sugar-coated Columbus story.

    1492: Conquest of Paradise is not meant to be a white-wash of Columbus' saga here in the western hemisphere, but rather an interpetive telling based on key dates and events of colonial history. Actually, it's quite brutal in the depiction of the newcomers desimating the natives and forcing Christianity on them, as well as Columbus namesake disgrace in the naming of America. Thoughout, Ridley Scott delights the eye with natural light, whether it be the Moorish architecture in Granada, or the natural settings of the Carribbean. Add to that, the haunting score from Vangelis (Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire), (suprisingly acoustic vs. his usual electronics), mix in native wind instruments and the ominous gypsy wail and you've got the aural clash of cultures to accompany the visuals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scary

    This is not the story of what happened, it is the story of what should have happened. In reality, Columbus and his men raped, murdered, and enslaved the natives they found. Making movies that continue the lies printed in our history books is harmful and dangerous. I would like to see a movie that tells the truth.

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