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The New World is a 2005 American romantic historical drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, a historical adventure depicting the founding of the Jamestown, Virginia settlement and inspired by the historical figures Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. It is the fourth feature film written and directed by Malick. The cast includes Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi, David Thewlis, and Yorick van Wageningen.



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 Smiyth 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.


  • Colin Farrell as Captain John Smith
  • Q'orianka Kilcher as Pocahontas (Matoaka, Rebecca Rolfe)
  • Christopher Plummer as Captain Christopher Newport
  • Christian Bale as John Rolfe
  • August Schellenberg as Chief Powhatan (Wahunsonacock)
  • Wes Studi as Opechancanough
  • David Thewlis as Edward Wingfield
  • Yorick van Wageningen as Samuel Argall
  • Ben Mendelsohn as Ben
  • Raoul Trujillo as Tomocomo
  • Brían F. O'Byrne as Lewes
  • Irene Bedard as Pocahontas's Mother (Nonoma Winanuske Matatiske)
  • John Savage as Thomas Savage
  • Alex Rice as Patawomeck's Wife
  • Jamie Harris as Emery
  • Janine Duvitski as Mary
  • Thomas Clair as Patawomeck (Japazaw)
  • Michael Greyeyes as Rupwew
  • Kalani Queypo as Parahunt
  • Noah Taylor as Selway
  • Ben Chaplin as Robinson
  • Eddie Marsan as Eddie
  • Billy Merasty as Kiskiack
  • Jonathan Pryce as King James VI & I
  • Alexandra W. B. Malick as Queen Anne