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Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)



Critic Consensus: Ironically, for a biopic about a voyage many associate with people accepting that the world is round, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery falls completely flat.

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John Glen directed this throwback to the costume dramas of the 1930s and 1940s, but without a smidgen of their energy and verve. George Corraface plays Christopher Columbus as a dynamic and muscular comic-book hero. He has a dream to set sail to find a new passageway to India, but he needs the backing of the Spanish government to do it. First, he must undergo a grilling by Tomas de Torquemada (Marlon Brando in, hands down, his worst performance). After passing muster with Torquemada, he gets the blessing of Queen Isabella (Rachel Ward) and King Ferdinand (Tom Selleck). Columbus then sets sail in a series of picture-postcard travelogue shots as he sails the ocean blue and discovers a new world of wonders -- particularly the Indian chief's well-endowed daughter. As a sop to revisionists, a rat is seen scampering down the plank as Columbus' vessel lands on "undiscovered" turf.


Marlon Brando
as Torquemada
Tom Selleck
as King Ferdinand
Georges Corraface
as Christopher Columbus
Rachel Ward
as Queen Isabella
Manuel de Blas
as Vicente Pinzon
Glyn Grain
as De La Cosa
Peter Guinness
as Fra Perez
Hugo Blick
as De Torres
Chris Hunter
as Morales
Michael Gothard
as Inquisitor's Spy
Clive Arrindell
as Lord Guarco
Mark Long
as Joseph
Nicholas Selby
as Monsignor Camos
John Grillo
as Chios Mapmaker
Serge Malik
as Alcalde of Malaga
Joseph Long
as 1st Alguazil
Branscombe Richmond
as Indian Chieftain
Anthony Sarda
as Indian Brave
Gerard Langlais
as Indian Guide
Michael Halphie
as Chios Vendor
Genevieve Allenbury
as Harana's Wife
Michael Gunn
as Prison Officer
Vincent Pickering
as Healthy Prisoner
Trevor Sellers
as First Mate of Pinta
Caleb Lloyd
as Diego (Age 8)
Andrew Dicks
as Diego (Age 11)
Georgi Fisher
as Fernando
Steven Fletcher
as Rodrigo de Triana
Ivan De Bono
as Sailor in Tavern
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Critic Reviews for Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (13)

It's not politically correct. It's also not cinematically correct, humanly correct or historically correct.

May 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Released in 1,492 theaters on Friday, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery should be gone from most of them faster than you can hoist the mainsails and shiver your timbers.

May 3, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Cast in the title role is George Corraface, whose credits include Not Without My Daughter and Impromptu. Does he overact? Let's just say that I think I heard him frown.

May 3, 2014 | Rating: 1/5

The film benefits greatly from the use of three totally authentic ship replicas, but the real thing -- as presented in the PBS series about Columbus -- is still much more inspiring.

May 3, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

George Corraface would look more comfortable in a Calvin Klein underwear ad than at the helm of a ship.

May 3, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery lacks even the misplaced energy of a camp folly. It's limp and exhausted -- a bloodless swashbuckler.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: D+

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