Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
Starring: Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, David Thewlis
Released: May 3, 2006
Rating: (M)
Runtime: 135 minutes
Story: On a spring day in April of 1607, three diminutive ships bearing 103 men sail into this world from their unimaginably distant home, the island kingdom of England, three thousand miles to the east across a vast ocean. On behalf of their sponsor, the royally chartered Virginia Company, they are seeking to establish a cultural, religious, and economic foothold on the coast of what they regard as the New World.

The lead ship of the tiny flotilla is called the Susan Constant. Shackled below decks is a rebellious 27-year-old named John Smith, sentenced to be hanged for insubordination. A veteran of countless European wars, Smith is a soldier of fortune - though fortune has often turned its back on him. Still, he is too talented and popular to have his neck stretched by his own people, and so he is freed by Captain Christopher Newport soon after the Susan Constant drops anchor. As Captain Newport knows -- and the colonists will soon discover -- surviving in this unknown wilderness will require the services of every able-bodied man - particularly one of Smith's abilities.

Though they don't realize it at the time, Newport and his band of British settlers have landed in the midst of a sophisticated Native American empire ruled by the powerful chieftain Powhatan. To the colonists, it may be a new world. But to Powhatan and his people, it is an ancient world -- and the only one they have ever known.

The English, strangers in a strange land, struggle from the beginning, unable -- or, in some cases, stubbornly unwilling -- to fend for themselves. Smith, searching for assistance from the local tribesmen, chances upon a young woman who at first seems to be more woodland sprite than human being. A willful and impetuous young woman whose family and friends affectionately call her 'Pocahontas' -- or 'playful one' -- she is the favorite of Powhatan's children. Before long a bond develops between Smith and Pocahontas, a bond so powerful that it transcends friendship or even romance -- and eventually becomes the basis of one of the most enduring American legends of the past 400 years.
Colin Farrell Captain John Smith
Christopher Plummer Captain Christopher Newport
Christian Bale John Rolfe
August Schellenberg Powhatan
Wes Studi Opechancanough
David Thewlis Captain Edward Wingfield
Yorick van Wageningen Captain Argall
Q'Orianka Kilcher Pocahontas
Ben Mendelsohn Ben
Raoul Trujillo Tomocomo
Brian F. O'Byrne Lewes
Irene Bedard Pocahontas's Mother
John Savage Savage
Jamie Harris Emery
Alex Rice Patowomeck's Wife