1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE (Theatrical Release USA 1992)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Starsììì

1492: Conquest of Paradise—wannabe epic that didn’t quite get there—fails in character development, storyline, portrayal, force, and casting. Many of the actors’ personalities are not clearly enough defined to carry the story. Gérard Depardieu and the rest of this cast work at the average level.

Storyline

Columbus (Gérard Depardieu) receives help from Santangel (Frank Langella) in the form of personally loaned money as well as persuasion of Queen Isabel of Castille (Sigourney Weaver) to make a voyage to the New World.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Ridley Scott for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Mimi Polk Gitlin and Iain Smith for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sanchez (Armand Assante),), Older Fernando (Loren Dean), Beatrix (Ángela Molina), Marchena (Fernando Rey), Moxica (Michael Wincott), Pinzon (Tchéky Karyo), Captain Mendez (Kevin Dunn), Bobadilla (Mark Margolis), Arojaz (Kario Salem), and 10-year-old Fernando (Billy L. Sullivan).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. This film does not provide the quality viewing of other movies dealing with this subject.

Ben Meyers

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