Captain from Castile (1947)
in Historical Perspective

In Captain from Castile Pedro De Vargas (Tyrone Power) Learns about the "indies," as they call the new-found land across the ocean, where there are abundances of all kinds, food, land, etc., and where people eat out of gold platters.

Captain from Castile Movie Data

Time:
1521

Period:
Age of Discovery and Colonial Times

Place:
Mexico

Reference Book:
The Discovery And Conquest Of Mexico by Bernal Diaz Del Castillo

Notable Characters:
Hernan Cortez

Movie Details

Film Director:
Henry King

MPAA Rating:
NR
Our Rating
PG

Length:
140 Minutes

Genres:
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance
Explorations
Colonial Times
Drama
Action
Adventure
Classics

Starring:
Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, Lee J. Cobb, John Sutton, Antonio Moreno, Thomas Gomez, Alan Mowbray, Barbara Lawrence, George Zucco, Roy Roberts, Marc Lawrence

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During the Inquisition, life was hard for spaniards.

The persecution of Protestants was enacted during this time in order to subdue the teachings that were sweeping throughout Spain and Europe.

Pedro De Vargas and his family were charged with heresy for aiding a runaway slave and forced to confess to the crime but refused, even after the murder of Pedro's sister at the hands of Diego De Silva (John Sutton).

Catana Perez (Jean Peters), a peasant girl and Juan Garcia (Lee J. Cobb) aid his escape, not only from prison but from Spain all together.

Soon after, Pedro De Vargas meets Cortez (Cesar Romero) and sails the Atlantic in search of a new life.

Henry King (director) does a terrific job in this lavish 1947 production. He brings every character to life and clear portrayal.

The couple of hiccups have to do with the typical romantic echoes of the 40's, 50's and 60's and everyone's insatiable craving for gold and glory.

A Romantic Undertone.

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In The Discovery And Conquest Of Mexico by Bernal Diaz Del Castillo the account of the events are able to capture the readers imagination and full attention.

When I first read it in 2003 I could not put it down. The dramatic story was beautifully detailed in every sentence and got better with the turn of every page.

By the time I finished I wished Mr. Bernal had written more, so I decided to read it again. Yes, the book is that enjoyably wonderful.

Here's the point, I had not thought about how a story of romance fit into the story. After watching Captain from Castile I can say that not only did the events of the conquest of Mexico not need a romance but it sort of ruins them.

I won't waste anymore time on this except to say that, directors need to realize when a romantic story aids the story and when it ruins it.

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The insatiable craving for gold and glory.

In recent years there has been much talk about the motives behind the actions of the Conquistadors. The consensus, after the age of "the great revising of History" which started in early 1900, is the word GOLD at any cost.

You may have heard Columbus and Cortez being called warmongers and greedy killers, accused of invading and destroying the wonderful lives of the aboriginals who lived in perfect peace and harmony.

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Before this "revising of History" at the opening of the 20th century people held the names Columbus and Cortez in great esteem.

Even our Nation's Capital bears his name.

Of course, it is up to you whose History you are going to believe, but before you do, consider this, will you?

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What is the likelihood that life would have remained the same in the New World had Columbus never sailed and Cortez never conquered?

How would the continent look in the Twenty-First Century if no European had ever set foot in it?

Would not these "indians" be following the same practices their forefathers followed for thousands of years?

Some historians even make the case that the Mexican pyramids were built around the same time as those in Egypt, and with no one to interrupt their happy lives of sacrifice, why would they stop?

As of recently (in this twenty-fist century), ancient tribes have been discovered throughout the world practicing the very things their ancient forefathers taught them thousands of years ago.

A quick search will reveal how bloody and cruel their practices were for thousands of years up to the time when Europeans put a stop to such "devilish acts".

Say what you may about the famous Conquistadors, but the fact still remains that millions of people were set free at the time of the Conquest of Mexico!

What's in the Captain from Castile


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You will constantly be reminded of Bernal Diaz.

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Terrific and lavish production

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Children will need guidance.

Teens, ok.

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As said before, the echoes of romance and the quest for gold and treasures taint the story.

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Some kissing and dancing

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Some parental guidance may be needed but ok.

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Ok

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Ok

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The political and Cultural views of the twentieth century are all throughout this film.

No film is any good if unaccompanied with a book that resists the influences of the populist consensus.
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The young will learn of how we came to America and adults reminded of the freedoms we enjoy as free peoples.

The conquest of Mexico and some of the struggles.

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Some populist influences but Ok.

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For the longest time I hoped for a glimpse of the Conquest of Mexico, and Captain from Castile is it!

Will revive those ancient feelings of adventure.



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