What You Need To Know:
(LL, VVV, S, NN, NA, Ab, C, RH) 6 obscenities & 4 profanities; graphic, bloody battles with swords, arrows & spears, including man's hand being severed; men discuss sexual desire for native women; upper female nudity & scantily clad natives; positive references to paganism and native religious practices; many derogatory references to Christianity, deceitful clergy and some cursing of God; some positive references that Columbus is on a mission for God; and, revisionist history.
1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE is an ambitious treatment of the voyages of Christopher Columbus. In the midst of the Spanish Inquisition, Columbus (Gerard Depardieu) is granted an opportunity to speak his case for sailing across the Atlantic to China at the University of Salamanca. His theories are regarded as heretical by everyone except for Sanchez, advisor to Queen Isabella (Sigourney Weaver). Eventually, Isabella finances his expedition. Columbus sets sail and weeks later, discovers an island paradise. He leaves 39 men behind and sails back to report to Isabella. Although disappointed at the lack of gold, Isabella authorizes another voyage. When the second expedition arrives, they find that the original group have been murdered by the natives. When a rebellion ensues, Columbus prevails, but word gets back to Spain of the disarray in the colony, and he is recalled and imprisoned. Years later, he is freed and allowed to return to explore the mainland.
The Columbus of 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE is a man of contradictions who wants to bring God to the New World, yet struggles with his own faith, curses God and has two sons out of wedlock. Even though 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE is a well-photographed film, it has some shortfalls including scantily clothed natives and violence. Regrettably, 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE falls short of giving credit to the God who inspired Columbus, and it often implies that paganism is just as good as, if not better than Christianity.