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1492: Conquest of Paradise Details

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This, the second of 1992's 500th anniversary Christopher Columbus films (the first being Warner Bros. ), 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. ~ Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Vangelis Best Original Score 1992 Nominee

Cast

Gérard Depardieu
as Christopher Columbus
Armand Assante
as Sanchez
Sigourney Weaver
as Isabella of Spain
Michael Wincott
as De Moxica
Loren Dean
as Older Fernando
Ángela Molina
as Beatrix
Fernando Rey
as Friar Marchena
Tchéky Karyo
as Pinzon
Kevin Dunn
as Captain Mendez
Frank Langella
as Luis de Santangel
Mark Margolis
as Bobadilla
Kario Salem
as Arojaz
Billy L. Sullivan
as Fernando (Age 10)
Arnold Vosloo
as Guevara
Steven Waddington
as Bartolome
Fernando Guillen Cuervo
as Giacomo
Bercelio Moya
as Utapan
Albert Vidal
as Hernando de Talavera
Angela Rosal
as Pinzon's Wife
Louis Di Giaimo
José Ferrer
as Alonso
Juan Diego Botto
as Diego
Jack Taylor
as Vicuna
Isabel Prinz
as Duenna
Achero Manas
as Ship's Boy

Crew

Ridley Scott
Director
Ridley Scott
Producer
Alain Goldman
Producer
Mimi Polk Sotela
Producer
Roselyne Bosch
Screenwriter
Adrian Biddle
Cinematographer
Vangelis
Composer (Music Score)
Françoise Bonnot
Editor
Martin Hitchcock
Production Designer
Norris Spencer
Production Designer
Les Tomkins
Art Director
Kevin Phipps
Art Director
Roselyne Bosch
Co-producer
Marc Boyman
Co-producer
Garth Thomas
Associate Producer
Iain Smith
Executive Producer
Ann Mollo
Set Designer
Charles Knode
Costume Designer
Pierre Gamet
Sound/Sound Designer
Adam Somner
First Assistant Director
Ona Planas
First Assistant Director
Terry Needham
First Assistant Director
David Worley
Camera Operator
Graeme Crowther
Stunts
Louis Di Giaimo
Casting
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