Pocahontas

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Pocahontas is the first Disney animated feature film to be based on a true story. It was released in 1995. Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World was a direct-to-video sequel in 1998.

Songs by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken. A year later, they wrote songs to The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg. Written by Carl Binder and Chris Buck.
An American legend comes to life Tagline

Nakoma[edit]

  • Don't you think we're getting a little old for these games?
  • Pocahontas wants to look into the eyes of the man who killed Kocoum.
  • Show-off.

Grandmother Willow[edit]

  • There's still some snap in these old vines!
  • ALL RIGHT, THAT'S ENOUGH!! [Percy faints and Grandmother Willow picks him back up] It's enough to make your sap boil.

Other[edit]

Governor Ratcliffe: [to Thomas, regarding his lack of skill with muskets] You, learn to use that thing properly. A man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot.
John Smith: [pulling Meeko out of his bag] Is this bottomless pit a friend of yours?
Kekata: These are not men like us, but strange beasts with bodies that shine like the sun, and weapons that spout fire and thunder. They prowl the earth like ravenous wolves, consuming everything in their path.
Ben: It can look like Ratcliffe's knickers, for all I care, just as long as we get off this stinkin' boat!
Kocoum: [to Nakoma] Pocahontas can't keep running off. It's dangerous out there. Tell her that. She listens to you.

Dialogue[edit]

Lon: [to John] Are you coming on this voyage, too?
Ben: Of course he is, you half-wit. You can't fight Indians without John Smith.
John: That's right. I'm not about to let you boys have all the fun.

Thomas: What do you suppose the New World will look like?
John: Like all the others, I suppose. I've seen hundreds of new worlds, Thomas. What could be possibly different about this one?

Kekata: Your return has brought much joy to the village. Look at all the smiling faces.
Powhatan: Yes. But there is one smiling face I don't see. Where is my daughter?
Kekata: You know Pocahontas. She has her mother's spirit. She goes wherever the wind takes her.

[Pocahontas and Nakoma are looking at Kocoum]
Nakoma: Oh, he is so handsome.
Pocahontas: [jokingly] I especially love his smile.
[Cut to a stone-faced Kocoum]

Pocahontas: Father, for many nights now, I've been having a very strange dream. I think it's telling me something's about to happen, something exciting.
Powhatan: Yes, something exciting is about to happen.
Pocahontas: [eagerly] Really? What is it?
Powhatan: Kocoum has asked to seek your hand in marriage.
Pocahontas: [disappointed] Marry Kocoum?
Powhatan: I told him it would make my heart soar.
[Pocahontas smiles awkwardly, then peers through the hut's flap at Kocoum, who's refusing to play with the village children.]
Pocahontas: But he's so... serious.
Powhatan: My daughter, Kocoum will make a fine husband. He is loyal and strong, and will build you a good house, with sturdy walls. With him, you will be safe from harm.
Pocahontas: Father, I think my dream is pointing me down another path.
Powhatan: This is the right path for you.

Gradmother Willow: Oh! Your mother's necklace.
Pocahontas: That's what I wanted to talk to you about. My father wants me to marry Kocoum.
Gradmother Willow: Kocoum? But he's so serious.

Pocahontas: [explaining her dream to Grandmother Willow] Well, I'm running through the woods, and then, right there in front of me, is an arrow. As I look at it, it starts to spin.
Gradmother Willow: A spinning arrow? Ooh, how unusual.
Pocahontas: Yes. It spins, faster and faster and faster, until, suddenly, it stops.
Gradmother Willow: Hmm. Well, it seems to me, this spinning arrow is pointing you down your path.
Pocahontas: But, Grandmother Willow, what is my path? How am I ever going to find it?
Gradmother Willow: Your mother asked me the very same question.
Pocahontas: She did? What did you tell her?
Gradmother Willow: I told her to listen. All around you are spirits, child. They live in the earth, the water, the sky. If you listen, they will guide you.

Wiggins: Do you think we'll meet some savages?
Ratcliffe: If we do, we shall be sure to give them a proper English greeting.
Wiggins: Oooh, gift baskets! [holds up a pair of gift baskets]
Ratcliffe: [to himself] And he came so highly recommended.

Ratcliffe: I hereby claim this land and all its riches in the name of His Majesty, King James I, and do so name this settlement Jamestown.
Wiggins: Bravo! Beautifully spoken, sir.

Pocahontas: Ma-ta-que-na-to-rath (I don't understand).
John: You don't understand a word I'm saying, do you?

John: So what river is this?
Pocahontas: Quiyoughcohannock..
John: You have the most unusual names here, Chechomony, Quiyoughcohannock, Pocahontas.
Pocahontas: You have a most unusual name too... John Smith.

John: [goes to shake Meeko's hand] It's alright, it's just a hand shake. Here let me show you.
[Long pause]
Pocahontas: Nothing's happening.
John: No. No, I need your hand first. [She holds her hand out and he shakes it] It's how we say hello.
Pocahontas: This is how we say hello. Wingapo.
John: Wingapo.
Pocahontas: And how we say goodbye. Ana.
John: I like hello better.

Ratcliffe: You men! Where's Captain Smith?
Lon: Well, he's... gone.
Ben: Ay, your singing must have scared him off.
Ratcliffe: Well then go get him, for heaven's sake!
Lon: What if we run into the Indians?
Ratcliffe: That's what guns are for. Now arm yourselves and get moving!

Grandmother Willow: Hello, John Smith.
John: [nervously] Pocahontas, that tree is talking to me.
Pocahontas: Then you should talk back.
Grandmother Willow: Don't be frightened, young man. My bark is worse than my bite.
Pocahontas: Say something.
John: What do you say to a tree?
Pocahontas: Anything you want.

Lon: This place gives me the creeps. Savages could be hiding anywhere.
Ben: Ay, well, if you spot one, don't ask questions. Just shoot.
[Ben and Lon trip over Grandmother Willow's root]
Ben: Watch your feet, ya big oaf!
Lon: It wasn't me! It was the tree!
Ben: Oh, of course. The tree just felt like lifting its roots and... [sees the tree root out of the ground; it drops back in the earth] Let's get out of here!

Grandmother Willow: Well, I haven't had this much excitement in 200 years.
Pocahontas: What am I doing? I shouldn't be seeing him again. I mean, I want to see him again.
Grandmother Willow: Who wouldn't? I want to see him again.
Pocahontas: But still, something inside is telling me it's the right thing.

Pocahontas: [about the settlers] We don't have to fight them! There must be a better way.
Powhatan: Sometimes our paths are chosen for us.
Pocahontas: But maybe we should try talking to them.
Powhatan: They do not want to talk.
Pocahontas: But if one of them did want to talk, you would listen to him, wouldn't you?
Powhatan: Pocahontas...
Pocahontas: [desperately] Wouldn't you?!
Powhatan: Of course I would. But it is not that simple. Nothing is simple anymore.

Ben: Smith! There you are!
Lon: We were looking all over for you.
Ratcliffe: Smith! Where have you been?
John: I was... out scouting the terrain, sir.
Ratcliffe: Excellent. Then you must know the Indians' whereabouts. We'll need that information for the battle.
John: What battle?
Ratcliffe: We will eliminate these savages once and for all.
John: No! You can't do that.
Ratcliffe: Oh, can't I?
John: Look, we don't have to fight them.
Thomas: John, what's gotten into you?
John: I met one of them.
Ben: You what?
Thomas: A savage?
John: They're not savages. They can help us. They know the land. They know how to navigate the rivers. [Meeko pulls out an ear of corn and gives it to John] And look, it's food.
Lon: What is it?
John: It's better than hardtack and gruel, that's for sure.
Wiggins: I like gruel.
Ratcliffe: [takes the corn and throws it on the ground] They don't want to feed us, you ninnies! They want to kill us! All of us! They've got our gold, and they'll do anything to keep it!
John: But there is no gold!
Ben: No gold?
Ratcliffe: [sarcastically] And I suppose your little Indian friend told you this?
John: Yes.
Ratcliffe: Lies! Lies, all of it! Murderous thieves - there's no room for their kind of civilized society.
John: But this is their land!
Ratcliffe: This is my land! I make the laws here! And I say anyone who so much as looks at an Indian without killing him on sight, will be tried for treason and hanged!

[Pocahontas is sneaking out of the village to see John. Nakoma catches her.]
Nakoma: Pocahontas!
Pocahontas: Nakoma!
Nakoma: Don't go out there. I lied for you once. Don't ask me to do it again.
Pocahontas: I have to do this.
Nakoma: He's one of them!
Pocahontas: You don't know him.
Nakoma: If you go out there, you'll be turning your back on your own people.
Pocahontas: I'm trying to help my people.
Nakoma: Pocahontas, please. You're my best friend. I don't want you to get hurt.
Pocahontas: I won't. I know what I'm doing.
Nakoma: Pocahontas, no!
[Pocahontas runs off.]

Ben: Ratcliffe wouldn't take us halfway 'round the world for nothing.
Lon: But what if Smith is right? What if there is no gold?
Settler: If you ask me, Ratcliffe's been lying to us since we left London.
Ben: Listen to you, you bunch of idiots! Those savages didn't attack us for nothing. They're hiding something.
Lon: If they do have the gold, we'll have to fight them for it.

Ratcliffe: Follow him. I want to know where he's sneaking off to.
Thomas: Yes, governor.
Ratcliffe: And if you see any Indians, shoot them. Oh, and Thomas? You've been a slipshot sailor and a poor excuse for a soldier. Don't disappoint me again.

Nakoma: Kocoum?
Kocoum: What is it?
Nakoma: It's Pocahontas.
Kocoum: What's wrong? Is she all right?
Nakoma: I think she's in trouble.

Grandmother Willow: Now then. There's something I want to show you. Look. [dips a vine into the river, creating ripples]
Pocahontas: The ripples.
John: What about them?
Grandmother Willow: So small at first, then look how they grow. But someone has to start them.
John: They're not going to listen to us.
Grandmother Willow: Young man, sometimes the right path is not the easiest one. Don't you see? Only when the fighting stops, can you be together.
[Pocahontas gently smiles in agreement.]
John: All right, let's go talk to your father.
[Pocahontas embraces him and they kiss.]

Powhatan: I told you to stay in the village. You disobeyed me! You have shamed your father!
Pocahontas: I was only trying to help!
Powhatan: Because of your foolishness, Kocoum is dead!

[John is imprisoned after Kocoum's death.]
Pocahontas: I'm so sorry.
John: For what? This? I've gotten out of worse scrapes than this. Can't think of any right now, but...
Pocahontas: It would have been better if we'd never met. None of this would've happened.
John: Pocahontas, look at me. [she obeys] I'd rather die tomorrow that live a hundred years without knowing you.
Nakoma: [peering through the tent flap] Pocahontas.
Pocahontas: I can't leave you.
John: You never will. No matter what happens to me, I'll always be with you, forever.

[John is about to be executed by Powhatan. Pocahontas throws herself on top of John to protect him.]
Pocahontas: No! If you kill him, you'll have to kill me too.
Powhatan: Daughter, stand back.
Pocahontas: I won't! I love him, Father. Look around you! This is where the path of hatred has brought us. This is the path I choose, Father. What will yours be?
[Powhatan looks at the two armies, both ready to fight. Suddenly, the wind blows across the battlefield, calming him and almost everybody else. He raises his staff and addresses the crowd.]
Powhatan: My daughter speaks with the wisdom beyond her years. We have all come here with anger in our hearts. But she comes with courage and understanding. From this day forward, if there is to be more killing, it will not start with me. Release him.

Ratcliffe: Now's our chance! [draws sword] Fire!
Thomas: No!
Ratcliffe: What!?
Thomas: They let him go!
Ben: They don't want to fight!
Ratcliffe: It's a trick! Don't you see!? FIRE!!! [The Englishmen scowl at him. Ratcliffe wavers for a moment, then throws his sword to the ground and grabs a musket] Fine! I'll settle this myself!
[He aims at Powhatan; John notices.]
John: NO!
[John jumps in front of Powhatan; Ratcliffe fires; the bullet hits John and he falls down, wounded]
Thomas: John!! [to Ratcliffe] YOU SHOT HIM!!!
Ratcliffe: [dumbfounded] He stepped right... right into it! It's his own fault!
[The Englishmen surround Ratcliffe]
Ben: Smith was right all along!
Lon: We never should have listened to you!
Ben: Get the gun!
[The men swarm over Ratcliffe and restrain him]
Ratcliffe: Traitors! Unhand me, I say! How dare you!
Thomas: [grabs the gun from Ratcliffe] Put him in chains!
Governor Ratcliffe: I'll get you all for this!
Thomas: And gag him as well!

Ben: Is he going to make it, Thomas?
Thomas: The sooner he gets back to England, the better.
Lon: Well, let's hope the wind is with him.
Thomas: Is the ship ready yet?
Ben: Any minute now. Just loading the last bit of cargo.
[Ratcliffe, tied up in chains and gagged, is tossed into a longboat]
Ratcliffe: [muffled] How dare you! Untie me at once! I'LL HAVE YOUR HEADS FOR THIS!!!
Wiggins: [sniffles] And he came so highly recommended. [sighs]

Thomas: [to Pocahontas] Going back is his only chance. He'll die if he stays here.
Pocahontas: [kneels beside John and offers him a bag] Here. It's from Grandmother Willow's bark. It'll help with the pain.
John: What pain? I've had worse pain than this. [winces] Agh! Can't think of any right now, but...
Powhatan: [walks over] You are always welcome among our people. Thank you, my brother.

John: Come with me?
[Pocahontas looks over at her father.]
Powhatan: You must choose your own path.
[Pocahontas looks at her people and the settlers. She turns to John.]
Pocahontas: [with tears in her eyes] I'm needed here.
John: Then, I'll stay with you.
Pocahontas: No. You have to go back.
John: But I can't leave you.
Pocahontas: You never will. No matter what happens, I'll always be with you, forever.
[They kiss goodbye.]

Taglines[edit]

  • An American legend comes to life
  • Two different worlds. One true love.

Cast[edit]

External links[edit]

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