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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Briley, Cary Bates, Mario Puzo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 1993
Warner Home Video



as Torquemada

as King Ferdinand

as Christopher Columbus

as Queen Isabella

as King John

as Vicente Pinzon

as De La Cosa

as Fra Perez

as Roldan

as De Torres

as Morales

as Inquisitor's Spy

as Lord Guarco

as Joseph

as Monsignor Camos

as Chios Mapmaker

as Alcalde of Malaga

as 1st Alguazil

as Indian Chieftain

as Indian Brave

as Indian Guide

as Chios Vendor

as Harana's Wife

as Prison Officer

as Healthy Prisoner

as First Mate of Pinta

as Diego (Age 8)

as Diego (Age 11)

as Fernando

as Rodrigo de Triana

as Sailor in Tavern
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

This movie is even worse than 1492. That's kind of hard to top too. This film did it. It really puts almost a Disney shine on western history that's impossible to swallow but some sadly did. Retarded.

Dee Loren

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Christopher Columbus: The Discovery on our Movie forum!