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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a superb Ridley Scott movie!
1492, is stunning with it's images and it's soundtrack. It's honestly a really big triumph in the cinema. Ridley Scott directed 1492, and the movie is highly intelligent with it's direction. Great performances, though the accents are annoying. Besides the accents, everything is perfect in 1492, including Gerard Depardieu's amazing portrayal of Columbus. Be prepared for...
Published on 16 Sep 2001

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but vacuous
The perils of working towards an anniversary and trying to beat a rival project to the screen are all too evident in 1492 - Conquest of Paradise. It's easily Ridley Scott's most beautiful looking film, designed and shot with real love and care. With almost every shot gorgeous enough to take down and frame, it's like walking through an art gallery at times. Unfortunately...
Published on 8 Oct 2006 by Trevor Willsmer


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a superb Ridley Scott movie!, 16 Sep 2001
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1492, is stunning with it's images and it's soundtrack. It's honestly a really big triumph in the cinema. Ridley Scott directed 1492, and the movie is highly intelligent with it's direction. Great performances, though the accents are annoying. Besides the accents, everything is perfect in 1492, including Gerard Depardieu's amazing portrayal of Columbus. Be prepared for quite a historical masterpiece. Which 1492 truly is.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Epic, 30 Jun 2010
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G. Rollo (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Sadly this film was a flop at the cinema and Gerard Depardieu appears to be a strange choice for the role of Colombus, but 1492 is still a highly watchable movie, which is very well made and thought provoking. Armand Assante puts in a great performance and its hard to believe that its the same actor that played the villain in the nonsense that was Judge Dredd. Michael Wincott is excellent as the sinister Moxica. Ridley Scott rarely makes bad films and this certainly is not one of them and if you like history, you will like this film. Also the soundtrack composed by Vangelis is a great movie score adding a great atmosphere to the movie.
Other reviewers have stated that there is a lot of violence in this movie but I would say it is the opposite. The most gory scene in the film is when an indian has his hand cut off. There are a couple of battles and executions but these scenes are not excessive, and are necessary to the plot.
Dont listen to what the critics say about this film, its well worth watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dramatisation of a key moment in history, 3 Mar 2008
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The vision and courage of Christopher Columbus helped to shape the world in which we live today. This film attempts to capture the political background, the great 10-week voyage at sea, and then the subsequent birth pangs of Spain's 'New World' in the Americas.

This is very watchable and also provides an interesting 'behind-the-scenes' look into the 1492 mindset of Spain (a country still chasing out the Moors and held back by the Inquisition mentality, but yet at the same time amenable to the ideas of controversial thinkers such as Columbus).

This movie is 'big' in scale and has an exceptionally dramatic soundtrack throughout. The scenes where the Europeans and the native 'Indians' first come face to face really do capture the wonder, awe and danger that such encounters must have generated.

There are some strong scenes of violence. In a movie of 2 and a half hours such a grand subject matter can only be dealt with arbitrarily, but, overall, this is an excellent dramatisation of what proved to be a pivotal moment in human history.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real dark horse ! :-), 6 Oct 2003
This was one film I inherited from my brother when he gave me his video collection. For months it sat gathering dust until I finally got bored and decided to watch it. How gutted I was I didn't view it earlier!
1492 is one of those very rare films where you can really feel the sheer heart and passion that the lead actor has poured into his role. Gerard Depideau is frankly superb and you instantly feel that he really is Columbus and he really did cross that massive ocean.
What's really interesting about this movie though is how it concentrates on not only the events leading up to the discovery but also the aftermath which is so often overlooked. Most people could tell you that Columbus was the guy who discovered America, but not much else about him. This film tells you about the hassles beforehand and his unfortunate struggle thereafter.
A truely moving and educational film. This is worthy of anyones collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, 15 Sep 2010
I saw this film some years ago and because it was so different both in subject matter and the way in which the film was made I felt that maybe it was time to have another look. For me this film is superb..very very different to the usual rubbish made today and I have no hesitation if like me you like to watch a film that has a high degree of quality about it and is different
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but vacuous, 8 Oct 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The perils of working towards an anniversary and trying to beat a rival project to the screen are all too evident in 1492 - Conquest of Paradise. It's easily Ridley Scott's most beautiful looking film, designed and shot with real love and care. With almost every shot gorgeous enough to take down and frame, it's like walking through an art gallery at times. Unfortunately that's never enough to compensate for a terrible screenplay by Roselyne Bosch that seems to have been written on the bus to work and stumbles from cliché to cliché. Carry On Columbus has better dialog at times, not to mention a better grasp of history. Worst of all, it throws away the real dramatic potential in Columbus' life for an unconvincing slice of class warfare - wouldn't you know it, it was really all those pesky upper class Euro trash aristo types like Michael Wincott that screwed up paradise, not Columbus' own incompetence and incredible cruelty - while painting him as the `chosen one.' At one point when the Inquisition ask our compassionate visionary if he is comparing himself to Christ, there's even a dramatic pause as he thinks it over in that he-is-you-know tipping the nod to the audience way. The result is a film that wants to be up there with Herzog's Spanish nutter in the jungle movies but is too expensive to allow its protagonist to go all Klaus Kinski on it and run the risk of alienating the audience, leaving us with more excuses and special pleading than drama.

Strangely, no-one in front of or behind the camera seems to notice just how bad the script is ("Excuse me, but you're the only queen I know," Columbus tells Isabella, soliciting the even more unlikely reply "You're the only navigator I know, so that makes us even."), and both performances and technical standards are all worthy of a much better film. The film has quite a few great cinematic moments, usually visually led and supported by Vangelis' excellent score, but it's too obvious that Scott wanted to film these scenes and tried to fit enough of a movie around them in the belief that he could carry the audience over the shoals without pulling it off. You can see the rationale behind moments like the hurricane that wipes away his new city and renders him paralysed, but without the real emotional journey into madness the film needs it's just setpiece filmmaking. Still, sometimes looking good is good enough - but not good enough for 154 minutes. It's a shame that they didn't read Kirkpatrick Sale's excellent historical biography instead of just using the title.

The transfer of Pathe's 2.35:1 widescreen version of the uncut European version isn't always as good as it could be. The only extra is a trailer from the time when the film was still going to be called 'Columbus.'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 11 Dec 2008
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G. R. Donaldson (Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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When compared to the fiasco that was Kingdom Of Heaven. 1492 serves as a reminder of what a trully great film director Ridley Scott is. The casting of Gerard Depardieu is inspired and its impossible to imagine anyone else playing this passionate visionary. As with all Scott films it is visually stunning and reuniting with Bladerunner composer Vangelis, the score sets the mood of the film perfectly.
Depardieu brings the palpable complexities of his character wonderfully to life. From the scheming at court to the first arduous sea voyage every scene is wonderfully crafted and beautifully shot. How historically accurate the film is remains open to question. My advice would be to watch and appreciate the film for what it is. A wonderfully well acted historical saga shot by a master of his craft.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something about it, 4 Jun 2010
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C. JONES "CJ" (Swansea, UK) - See all my reviews
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While this film flopped at the box-office, I feel it deserves recognition as a cinema classic. It is beautifully filmed, and everyone concerned seems to have given it their all.

There are moments, like the scene where the ships are about to set sail, that are utterly captivating. When I look at that scene, I find it hard not to think of the launches in the late sixties, early seventies, from Cape Canaveral. There is the same sense of anticipation as the crews make their way down to the boats. But of course, the moon missions had official sanction, and there was no doubt that the rockets were on course for the moon. Here was a man setting out for a world whose existence he had no proof of whatsoever, and having to argue his case with some incredibly dangerous people in the process, to gain the right to explore.

The film also boasts a beautiful score from Vangelis, although it is quite sparingly used. The principal theme in particular is haunting.

There are other reviewers here whose grasp of history may well be better than mine, and this may be one more case of history being rewritten in the cinema, nevertheless it does convey a very powerful sense of the danger and mystery of those voyages. It is a long story, but one which I find myself coming back to.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual & audio masterpiece!, 25 May 2002
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Upon viewing 1492 you probably will notice how great this movie looks. It most certainly does look great. Everything about it works quite well.
The visuals, the music, the acting and Depardieu's engaging performance of Columbus are some of the highlights of the film. This DVD has an average transfer though, for a movie that deserves so much better picture wise. 1492 is recommended!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1492 is AWESOME!, 18 April 2001
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Simply an amazing look into the life of Christopher Columbus. We discover who he was, what made him tick, we see what he accomplished and how it really backfired on him. This film shows us largely what Columbus had to do to accomplish his discovery of the New World. It shows us that Columbus didn't know where he would wind up, some thought that they would fall off the edge of the world. Columbus didn't seem to think so, he already knew that the world was probably round. What he did not know was that they were not venturing on a new found, easy way to the Asian continent. Instead they were headed to an unfamiliar place, a place full of surprises, wonder and beauty. A gorgeous, lush, tropical, plant filled paradise. The scene where Columbus comes in contact with a new kind of people, the Indians, is simply well filmed and photographed. That scene captured the surprise Columbus had when he discovered that he was merely just a guest, in a foreign place. Somebody already intruding on a land that has already been conquered, by the Indians who inhabit Columbus's dream. It soon turns into his own nightmare, as he trys to accomplish his dream and the natives rebel against him and his men. Near the end of the film a hurricane hit's his New World, basically surprising him and shattering his dreams. Even before the hurricane the film demonstrates to us that his dream was already being ruined. Moxica a spanish nobleman who tallied along with Columbus on his second voyage back to the New World, basically causes havoc for him there. As a result, there are wars and battles that brew, murder, Indians become his slaves, everything falls apart for Columbus. The film not only captures the essence of Columbus's hardtimes, but it also captures some of the remarkable things he did accomplish. Like the raising of a bell in the New World, his first voyage through the vast Atlantic Ocean, his friendship with an Indian native named Utapan, the love he had for his wife and his kids. This film is a special film with excellent performances from Gerard Depardieu who plays the man Columbus. Also the supporting cast is great (Sigourney Weaver, Michael Wincott, Armand Assante, Fernando Rey, Tcheky Karyo). Ridley Scott who directed Gladiator, Blade Runner, Alien, Thelma and Louise, hit's a home run here and wins. Vangelis's musical score is excellent and adds an extra sense of wonder, to a film that is already full of it.
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