1492: Conquest of Paradise [DVD] [1992]

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Overall Customer Rating:
67% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 3)

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer gallery


1492: Conquest of Paradise
This, the second of 1992's 500th anniversary Christopher Columbus films (the first being Warner Bros. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery), 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. ~ Phillip Erlewine, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Armand Assante
    Armand Assante - Sanchez
  • Sigourney Weaver
    Sigourney Weaver - Isabella of Spain
  • Loren Dean
    Loren Dean - Older Fernando
  • Michael Wincott
    Michael Wincott - De Moxica
  • Fernando Rey
    Fernando Rey - Friar Marchena

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good...

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    Strong cast, Gerard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigorney Weaver, others in minor roles fill out the cast. Story line the standard, story line a few nice twists, which may or may not be historically accurate, but entertaining.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Flick

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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The film itself was a decent watch, some parts being overdrawn.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Lost Ridley Scott Film Always Good Looking

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    Missing piece of Ridley Scott's work.Commentary A1

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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