Christopher Columbus (1949)

DVD Release: June 23, 2009
Christopher Columbus (1949)


In this classic 1949 production, Frederic March gives an outstanding performance as Christopher Columbus, the world’s most daring explorer! Surrounded by doubters, Columbus convinces Queen Isabella to provide him with ships and money necessary for his voyage past the world’s know limits. Follow Columbus’ incredible journey as he battles mutiny, exhaustion, and desperation on his way to the ultimate discovery—the New World!

Dove Review

Columbus was a daring and brave explorer. He persevered for years with the single-minded vision of convincing Queen Isabella of Spain to allow him the ships, money and men for a voyage which would test the limits of the known world.

The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria set sail. After 71 days at sea, battling unrest, mutiny, desperation and fear, Columbus and his crew finally sight land. It is San Salvador, a beautiful land where they meet the natives, trade goods and begin the difficult task of founding a Spanish colony.

When Columbus arrives back in Spain he is hailed as a hero by some and regarded with suspension and jealousy by others. As he ages he is faced with his own immortality and the never-ending longing for discovery and adventure.

The story of Columbus has been told countless times in a variety of ways, but the history of his explorations, struggles and successes are presented against a classic backdrop in this spectacular black and white 1949 version. We are happy to approve this film for ages 12+.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between girl and her boyfriend.
Language: None
Violence: Sword fight; threat to throw someone off ship and chop off head; no blood.
Drugs: Drinking without excess.
Nudity: Mild cleavage; bare-chested men and native Indians in loin cloths.
Other: None


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Writer: Rafael Sabatini (novel), Muriel Box, Sydney Box, Cyril Roberts
Director: David MacDonald
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 104 min.
Reviewer: Nancy Bouwens