1492: Conquest of Paradise

October 9th, 1992


1492: Conquest of Paradise

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Still of Sigourney Weaver and Gérard Depardieu in 1492: Conquest of Paradise

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

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 6.3/10 (12,837 voted)

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver

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.

Gérard Depardieu - Christopher Columbus
Armand Assante - Sanchez
Sigourney Weaver - Queen Isabella I.
Loren Dean - Older Fernando Columbus
Ángela Molina - Beatrix Enriquez
Fernando Rey - Antonio de Marchena
Michael Wincott - Adrian de Moxica
Tchéky Karyo - Martín Alonso Pinzón
Kevin Dunn - Captain Mendez
Frank Langella - Luis de Santángel
Mark Margolis - Francisco de Bobadilla
Kario Salem - Arojaz
Billy L. Sullivan - Young Fernando Columbus
John Heffernan - Brother Buyl
Arnold Vosloo - Guevara

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

Release Date: 9 October 1992

Filming Locations: Costa Rica

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $7,191,399 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The film shot for 16 weeks.

Anachronisms: When Pinzon is dying, the priest gives him the absolution in Spanish. The official language for the church in those years was Latin.

[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."

User Review

The Best Columbus Film Ever Made

Rating: 10/10

Ridley Scott's masterpiece, 1492: A Conquest of Paradise, is a visually compelling film and well acted. Those who gave low viewer ratings in the viewer comments obviously do not see the beauty of epic films. Epics are supposed to be kind of lengthy. It is, to me, the best depiction of Columbus I have ever seen. True, the lead actor is a Frenchman, but if you set that aside you can see that he looks and acts like what one would picture Columbus to be. Durring the sailing scenes it almost made you feel as though you were sailing along with Columbus. I think that the people who are down on the historical accuracies and "inaccuracies" of this film do not cease to realize that Columbus was out for more than spices from India but also a conquest to spread the Gospel to the people of the Far East. The other inaccuracies of the film have only been brought to light years after the films release. They discovered that Columbus was probably not from Genova.


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