1492: Conquest of Paradise

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Released 1992

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Director:
Ridley Scott
Released:
1992
Rating:
PG-13
1492: Conquest of Paradise is an epic film directed by Ridley Scott and released in 1992. Eager to fill her treasury with riches, Spanish Queen Isabel I (Sigourney Weaver) gives navigator and explorer Christopher Columbus (Gerard Depardieu/ Billy L. Sullivan) the funds and supplies to sail to the New World. She and her husband King Ferdinand (Fernando Garcia Rimado) hope to establish trade routes and colonies there. However, neither the monarchs nor Columbus knew the extent to which this voyage would alter world history. This film was released in honor of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery but does not hesitate to honestly portray the disastrous consequences of these events for Native Americans. 1492: Conquest of Paradise also emphasizes Columbus' struggles to bring European civilization to the "savages" that he found in North America. This film is beautifully photographed and contains a lavish soundtrack written by the popular Greek electronic composer Vangelis. Viewers interested in history and exploration will thoroughly enjoy it.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    In its own way and up to a certain point, 1492 is a satisfactory film. Depardieu lends it gravity, the supporting performances are convincing, the locations are realistic, and we a...

  • 63

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    He never gets the material under control. But what he has, in 1492, is dazzling. [09 Oct 1992, p.G5]

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    1492 is a pretty good movie, but it isn't as good as you might like. Part of the problem is Roselyne Bosch's script. The screenwriter (and co-producer) seems so determined to make ...

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Biography, Historical, Epics