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Plot: 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… Runtime: 140 min Release Date: 25 Dec 1947
The best picture made on the conquest of the Americas (by andyevel6)
There are many pleasant surprises in this epic movie. For one, it was filmed in spectacular Technicolor and was superbly photographed in actual locations. Piramids were built, volcanoes were erupting for real and ancient ship replicas were destroyed at sea. One of the main surprises was seeing that the beautiful Jean Peters could act. This actress without much dramatic training did an excellent job in her movie debut. She practically steals the picture from Tyrone Power - Impossible? She does, and he's very good in this one. See her last scene, while waiting to move deeper into Mexico <more>
with Cortez; it's a treasure. I became a fan after seeing Miss Peters in the pirate flick "Anne of the Indies" she plays 'the pirate' , and have seen most of her movies since. It's a shame Fox didn't use her talents in better fares, such as Susan Hayward's "I Want to Live", but then Howard Hughes came into the picture while she was doing Castille and, I imagine, his obsession over her beauty ruined a promising career. This film is partly based on true events and has an excellent cast, a fantastic screenplay and a musical score by Arthur Newman that rivals any other composed for anepic flick -then and even now. It's on DVD now. Get it before they become extinct. It's worth seeing. Beautiful vistas, a handsome Ty Power and a gorgeous Jean Peters.
They Don't Make 'em Like This Anymore (by guidon7)
A full review by me would just be an echo of preceding comments. I will more or less add some side comments. Certainly one of the greatest film scores of all time, very Spanish sounding, indeed. The final scene with Cortes' army marching across the plain with the background "Conquest" played on to a crescendo with massed drums is absolutely spectacular. Can't think of another like it, not a one. True, the film ends in the middle of the novel by Shellebarger, which is one of the most exciting novels in historical fiction. I'm afraid it would otherwise have been a <more>
four-hour movie. Power is at his best but perhaps a little long in the tooth to be playing against the young Jean Peters Catana and equally young and gorgeous Barbara Lawrence Luisa de Carvajal . Ty Power, incidentally, was the second best duelist in Hollywood, his parents having operated a fencing school. Number one was Basil Rathbone. They dueled each other in Mark of Zorro. Outstanding supporting cast -- could anyone have played Hernan Cortes better than Caesar Romero? This role, incidentally, was his favorite. John Sutton as De Silva is evil incarnate and George Zucco in his element as the Marquis de Carvajal. Sadly, I must ask, where have all these wonderful character actors gone? Don't tell me -- I know, really. I believe this was the last big spectacle 1947 shot before Cinemascope was introduced and that is unfortunate. Captain from Castile shot in Cinemascope, and particularly with the last scene in mind, would have been sublime photography for this most entertaining film, one of the last of its kind, I believe.
An amazing twist of action and raw emotion! (by Marko-21)
This film was set in the tormented years of the Spanish Inquisition, and because of their wicked dealings a young lord Tyrone Power is brought to a horrible plight of hate and revenge. For the years he must wrestle with his hate and his love of his new found beautiful young slave girl and his love back home, where he was banished from. His refuge is sought in the army of Coretz where he is part of the conquest of Mexico.
Last user's comment are correct. (by baretta)
I could not put it into better words. This movie has it all love,action,betrayal,adventure,misery,loyalty,jealousy,honor and Tyrone Power. I first saw this film on AMC a year ago and i love it from beginning to end. Tyrone Power gives an incredible performance as a spanish nobleman who is on the run. If anyone else likes Tyrone Power in this film be sure to check out "the eddy duchin story" and "the razor's edge" he acts better in these films . This man could act his ass off, too bad he does not get that much recognition as other classic hollywood stars. He is <more>
definitely one of my top ten favorite actors of all time.
No need to summarize, I just want to comment. (by cath-romero)
Besides all the good actors, script, cinematography, and music, the way that movie shows Mexico is just delightful. The Mexican actors all seem authentic especially the Marina character, she's probably speaking Nahuatl which is still spoken today in Mexico. Hernan Cortez, played by Ceaser Romero is pretty fun and commanding but physically, he was probably opposite in physical appearance.I'm pretty sure they filmed in Mexican states of Michoacan and Morelos. I wish I knew where they did the seaside scenes and the Spanish town scenes, again it was Mexico but where?. The last shot where <more>
Cortez is leading his army across field of volcanic ash on his way to Teotihuacan with the real erupting Paricutin in background is breathtaking with the music blaring on the soundtrack. I love this movie!This subject matter is ripe for another film. Hopefully the plans for another Spanish conquest film is on the horizon.
This movie is about the conquest of the Aztecs by Cortez. The central character of this movie, therefore, is Hernan Cortez, brilliantly portrayed by Cesar Romero. Nobody could have played the role better. In this movie Mr. Romero truly is the star. True, Tyrone Power has top billing, but in reality his role is secondary to that of Mr. Romero's. But more important than who actually starred in this movie is the story itself. It's about the conquest and destruction of an entire civilization and how personal feuds can fester for years, even when the parties are separated by an ocean. An <more>
especially powerful scene in this movie is when an emissary from the King of Spain presents a warrant for the arrest of one of Cortez's soldiers for treason against the king, and Cortez firmly tells the emissary that the warrant is worthless and will not be honored since they are not in Spain and that Cortez will not permit any feuds in his army. It's just too bad that the movie did not concentrate more fully on the actual collapse of the Aztec empire, because that's the real story, and one that perhaps deserves its own movie.
It's a shame that 20th Century Fox has yet to have released DVD editions of many of the films of the studio's biggest star, Tyrone Power. Almost impossibly handsome, enormously popular, and with excellent acting credentials, Power nearly singlehandedly kept the studio solvent in the traumatic transition years following WWII, with costume epics like "Captain from Castile" showcasing his strengths."Castile" echoes Power's earlier films, "The Mark of Zorro" and "Son of Fury", as again he plays a gallant standing against an arrogant aristocratic <more>
class, but this time he runs afoul of the Inquisition, and must flee Spain to re-establish his wealth and reputation, accompanied by loyal friend Lee J. Cobb, and a servant girl who secretly adores him Jean Peters, in one of her best performances . Recruited into the service of the charismatic Hernando Cortez Cesar Romero, who nearly steals the film , it's off to Aztlan Mexico, today with a small army to face the overwhelming but naive Aztec civilization.While the film frequently drifts into melodrama, shooting on location in Mexico with the permission and support of the Mexican government , in glorious Technicolor, gives even the most mundane moments a sense of spectacle, and the cast is in top form. Worth singling out is a terrific supporting performance by Thomas Gomez, as a soldier/priest who dispenses common sense as well as religion, and helps Power realize that the woman he truly loves is not on a balcony, in Spain, but beside him, as they march towards their destiny.Two aspects of the film deserve special recognition; Alfred Newman's score, featuring the vaulting 'Conquest' march, is one of the finest of his long career, and is even more popular today than when the film was released; and Arthur E. Arling and Charles G. Clarke's cinematography is truly magnificent, particularly in the breathtaking finale, as Cortez' forces proudly march across a broad plain, with active volcanoes in the background. Never has going 'on location' been more justified, as the image is unforgettable! If any 'Powers that Be' are reading this review, PLEASE offer this film on DVD, soon! And while you're at it, consider Power's other great films of the 40s and 50s; he deserves to be 'rediscovered' by audiences, today...
Arguably the finest romantic epic adventure of the Golden Age of motion pictures Fox's CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE 1947 has amazingly not dated one iota since its inception. The movie is a joy to behold! With rich vibrant 3 strip Technicolor Samuel Shellabarger's classic novel about the young Spanish nobleman who joins Cortez' Conquistadores in the New World to escape the inquisition comes mightily to the screen. This was a 1947 blockbuster with outstanding production values. Tyrone Power is terrific in it and Caesar Romero gives a striking performance as the all conquering Cortez. <more>
Solidly directed by the always reliable Henry King it was gleamingly photographed by Charles Clark and Arthur E. Arling and was splendidly written for the screen by Lamar Trotti. The only crib I have with the movie is its 140 minute running time. Despite the film dealing only with a little over half of Shellabarger's book it is still a tad long for a movie. With about 20 minutes shorn from its length it would have made for a tighter more cohesive viewing experience. Nevertheless it is still a memorable and spectacular piece of filmed entertainment.The picture cost almost 5 million dollars to produce. A gigantic sum in 1947 and the cost is evident throughout. Extensive location filming was done in Mexico where the real events depicted took place. And almost unbelievably coincidental is that while filming in Uruapan an active volcano was erupting and was utilised in the background for the closing scenes. This so accurately substituted for another active volcano that was erupting during Cortez' actual invasion all those centuries ago.Complimenting the colourful production throughout is Alfred Newman's blistering Oscar nominated score. Beside his Academy Award winning music four years earlier for "The Song Of Bernadette" CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE is his finest achievement and contains his celebrated and spine tingling "Conquest March" surely cinema's greatest march theme! Also from the score is the sumptuous music for Catana the peasant girl The lovely Jean Peters making her debut and the equally gorgeous theme for the lady Luisa Barbara Lawrence . Although Newman's "Song Of Bernadette" is quiet brilliant it was really one dimensional in structure being unable to untangle itself from its overt piousness. CASTILE on the other hand is totally different. Edward B. Powell, Newman's trusted orchestrator for many years, said in a 1975 interview "it was a film that allowed Alfred full range as a composer. It had everything; love, death, pomp, action, scenery and The Church. The grandeur of the whole thing inspired the use of the complete orchestral palette in the grand manner".Alfred Newman's inspired score is just one of the many stunning elements that makes CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE an unforgettable movie. It is a radiant example of Hollywood's golden past that had exceptional writing, performances, Cinematography and music. Since it was made over sixty years ago it has been enjoyed by past generations and without doubt it will be enjoyed by many generations to come. A Fox winner!
Excellent "old school" adventure film. (by bruce-223)
The first time I saw a version of "Captain from Castile" was on a black and white TV in the late Fifties and it became one of my favorite films which I have seen at least ten times and will continue to pull it out. It was a pleasant surprise to see the full version in color as I thought it was shot in black and whiteThis doesn't have the spectacular effects of today's films. It is just an excellent "old school" adventure film which deals with honor and loyalty which are pretty much lacking in today's films. It fired my young imagination and encouraged me to <more>
read the book by Samuel Shellabarger upon which it was based.It has a wonderful cast including Ty Power, Jean Peters, Lee J. Cobb, John Sutton, Caesar Romero, and a lot of veterans in minor rolls including Jay Silverheels Tonto . Alfred Newman's score is good.Power was great as usual and Jean Peters turns in an excellent performance -- this was her first film.Much of the film was shot in Mexico following the actual route that Cortez followed when he was conquering the Aztecs. Check out the live volcano in the background that was erupting while the film was shot. That ain't a painted background. I highly recommend this film especially if you haven't seen a Tyrone Power film because this is one of his best.