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Captain from Castile (1947)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, History | January 1948 (USA)
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The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), Samuel Shellabarger (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Pedro De Vargas
Jean Peters ... Catana Perez
Cesar Romero ... Hernando Cortez
Lee J. Cobb ... Juan Garcia
John Sutton ... Diego De Silva
Antonio Moreno ... Don Francisco De Vargas
Thomas Gomez ... Father Bartolome Romero
Alan Mowbray ... Prof. Botello
Barbara Lawrence ... Luisa De Carvajal
George Zucco ... Marquis De Carvajal
Roy Roberts ... Capt. Alvarado
Marc Lawrence ... Corio
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Storyline

Spain, 1518: young caballero Pedro De Vargas offends his sadistic neighbor De Silva, who just happens to be an officer of the Inquisition. Forced to flee, Pedro, friend Juan Garcia, and adoring servant girl Catana join Cortez' first expedition to Mexico. Arriving in the rich new land, Cortez decides to switch from exploration to conquest...with only 500 men. Embroiled in continuous adventures and a romantic interlude, Pedro almost forgets he has a deadly enemy... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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My sword shall make a new world . . . your kiss will make it paradise ! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Nahuatl

Release Date:

January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitaine de Castille See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the action of the story shifts to North America, Alfred Newman (I) re-uses the main theme from his score to The Black Swan (1942). See more »

Goofs

Before their march at the end of the film, the priest addresses the crowd, saying, "The sun shines as fair here as in Spain." The sun was not shining brightly at all and the natural outdoor light was quite gray and subdued. As clearly seen, the reason for this is because the sky is filled with the smoke and steam from a massive erupting volcano. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Hernando Cortez: Gentlemen, this time last year we were fighting mosquitos in swamps, accepting paltry gifts, and half-starving. But now we stand knocking at the very door of the great Emporer Moctezuma. We shall meet with His Majesty face-to-face - have done with ambassadors and specks of gold. This, gentlemen, is just the beginning!
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Brilliant recreation of the Spanish conquest of Mexico
22 July 2000 | by david-564See all my reviews

Tyrone Power in the type of role he made his own,supported by an excellent Cesar Romero as Cortez. The music by Alfred Newman and the direction together with the competent performance by the entire cast makes this film a most satisfying experience.I doubt whether there are any actors today who can emulate the style and screen presence of Power. The film script is likewise crisp and to the point.The movie is a rarity in that it does not fail the novel from which it was adapted.


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