1492: Conquest of Paradise

1492: Conquest of Paradise

Ridley Scott (1992)

149min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Three big films were made to mark the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the New World - a catastrophic Carry On, the dire Christopher Columbus: the Discovery and Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Despite a rather wobbly first hour, when it's hard to understand Gérard Depardieu's accent or make out Sigourney Weaver's scheming Spanish queen in the gloomy light, the picture gathers momentum with the voyage, captures in dazzling imagery the actual discovery, and then produces a horrific and masterly final segment as Columbus returns on a second voyage to preside over slaughter and the raising of a giant church bell. Those looking for an old-style adventure should look elsewhere, for this is a dark, bloody and brooding piece about colonial exploitation. Woefully underrated by many critics, it was shot in Spain and Costa Rica, looks like the millions it cost to make (and lost) and boasts an eerily atmospheric score by Vangelis.

Cast & Crew

Christopher Columbus Gérard Depardieu
Sanchez Armand Assante
Queen Isabel Sigourney Weaver
Older Fernando Loren Dean
Beatrix Angela Molina
Marchena Fernando Rey
Moxica Michael Wincott
Pinzon Tcheky Karyo
Captain Mendez Kevin Dunn
Santangel Frank Langella
Bobadilla Mark Margolis
Arojaz Kario Salem
Fernando, age 10 Billy L Sullivan
Brother Buyl John Heffernan
Guevara Arnold Vosloo
Bartolome Steven Waddington
Giacomo Fernando G Cuervo
Alonso Jose Luis Ferrer
Utapan Bercelio Moya
Diego Juan Diego Botto
Director Ridley Scott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Guild Film Distribution LtdGuidance: Violence.Available on: video and DVD