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1492: Conquest of Paradise

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1992
  • Ridley Scott
  • 149 mins
  • 15

Summary

Historical drama starring Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante and Sigourney Weaver. Explorer Christopher Columbus is convinced that it is possible to sail west from the Canary Islands and reach the riches of the East. He gains the approval of Queen Isabel of Spain (recently victorious against the Moors in Granada) to undertake such an expedition, but comes across lands which he never knew existed.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Christopher ColumbusGérard Depardieu
SanchezArmand Assante
Queen IsabelSigourney Weaver
Older FernandoLoren Dean
BeatrixAngela Molina
MarchenaFernando Rey
MoxicaMichael Wincott
PinzonTcheky Karyo
Captain MendezKevin Dunn
SantangelFrank Langella
BobadillaMark Margolis
ArojazKario Salem
Fernando, age 10Billy L Sullivan
Brother BuylJohn Heffernan
GuevaraArnold Vosloo
BartolomeSteven Waddington
GiacomoFernando G Cuervo
AlonsoJose Luis Ferrer
UtapanBercelio Moya
DiegoJuan Diego Botto

Crew

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DirectorRidley Scott

Details

Theatrical distributor
Guild Film Distribution Ltd
Released on
1992-10-23
Languages
English | Arabic | Latin | Spanish
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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