Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. France/Spain, 1992. Gaumont, Légende Films, France 3 Cinéma, Due West, Cyrkfilms, Ministère de la Culture, Spanish Ministry of Culture. Screenplay by Rose Bosch. Cinematography by Adrian Biddle. Produced by Alain Goldman, Ridley Scott. Music by Vangelis. Production Design by Norris Spencer. Costume Design by Charles Knode, Barbara Rutter. Film Editing by William M. Anderson, Francoise Bonnot, Les Healey, Armen Minasian, Deborah Zeitman. Golden Globe Awards 1992.
This Ridley Scott disaster chronicles Christopher Columbus discovering America, trying to maintain a peaceful colony there until the Spanish government recalled him to Europe. Gerard Depardieu puts a lot of energy into the lead role, but the screenplay is wooden and the film drags on endlessly. Sigourney Weaver does a fair bit of good as the Spanish queen who believes in Columbus, but she constantly seems out of place from the rest of the movie whenever she’s on screen.