Captain from Castile Overview:

Captain from Castile (1947) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Henry King and produced by Lamar Trotti.

SYNOPSIS

The sweeping epic of a Spanish nobleman who seeks his fortune by enlisting with Cortez's campaign to conquer Mexico. Romantic, lavish, and highly recommended. Peters's first screen role.

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Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanNominated
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Juan Escudero: Believe me, gentlemen, a lame goat takes no siesta. If something's got to be done, do it.


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!


Coatl: I think of what you do for me in Spain. I think I speak to you now. Maybe I understand better why you come here. This is my country, senor. These are my people, my gods. We not come tell you to stop loving your gods. We not come to make you slaves. Why do you do this, senor?
Pedro De Vargas: Well, I'm afraid I haven't any answer for that. It isn't right for men to worship idols. There's only one true God.
Coatl: Maybe your God and my God same God. Maybe we just call him by different names.


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Jean Peters had never acted before this film. She replaced Linda Darnell, who was originally cast in the lead but shortly before production began 20th Century-Fox took her off the picture and gave her the lead in Forever Amber. Peters was given the lead in this picture based on a screen test she had taken at Fox just a week before filming began that had impressed the film's producers.
Initially Darryl F. Zanuck intended to release this film as a roadshow presentation with an intermission.
Alfred Newman's "Conquest" theme was adopted by the University of Southern California athletic teams.
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