Captain Smith is spared his mutinous hanging sentence after captain Newport's ship arrives in 1607 to found Jamestown, an English colony in Virginia. The initially friendly natives, who have no personal property concept, turn hostile after a 'theft' is 'punished' violently on the spot. During an armed exploration, Smith is captured, but spared when the chief's favorite daughter Pocahontas pleads for the stranger who soon becomes her lover and learns to love their naive 'savage' way of harmonious life. Ultimately he returns to the grim fort, which would starve hadn't she arranged for Indian generosity. Alas, each side soon brands their own lover a traitor, so she is banished and he flogged as introduction to slavish toiling. Changes turn again, leading Smith to accept a northern-more mission and anglicized Pocahontas, believing him dead, becoming the mother of aristocratic new lover John Rolfe's son. They'll meet again for a finale in England.Written by
Producers agreed with Native American leaders not to acknowledge credit to them until the final film met with their approval. See more »
Just prior to the marriage proposal by Rolf to Rebecca, they are seen walking through a large field of foxtail grass. Foxtail is a European/Asian grass, and was introduced to the Americas far later than the colonial period. A field of green foxtail or yellow foxtail could not have been present for them to walk through. See more »
Come, spirit, help us sing the story of our land. You are our mother. We, your field of corn. We rise from out of the soul of you.
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A 150 minute version of the film played for one week starting Dec 25, 2005 at two theaters in LA and two in New York, so the film would be eligible for Oscar consideration. Before the wide release in January, Malick re-edited the film, cutting it down to 135 minutes. See more »
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This film is sooooooooooooooooo slow moving.......if you ever have problems sleeping, buy this movie! I had to stay awake just to see the conclusion. It was entertaining but too much wasted time telling this very romantic love story. It was 125 minutes but with good editing could be told in 95 to 100 minutes. That makes a big difference! Colin Farrell & Christian Bale's love sick expressions were warm and sensitive but after the 400th time it was annoying.
There are good things about this film: Christopher Plummer always adds authenticity to films......Q'orianka Kitcher was perfectly cast as Pocahontas. She looked very Native American and was really lovely! Good to see Wes Studi again, star of "Geronimo: An American Legend". Background and scenery was entertaining as was the story of early America.
Worth seeing if you can just get by the slow parts. Probably worth a 5 or 6 out of 10.
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