With every kiss we'll promise this
We'll find a way to light
The dawn of all we wish
Across the stream of stars we'll reach
An island in the sky
With the moon to guide our way I know
That we can find a home for you and I
And we'll build a bridge of love
Between two worlds
Between Two Worlds
John Rolfe comes to Virginia as an ambassador of England, and gets off on the wrong foot with Pocahontas from the start. He steps in during a scuffle between the settlers and the natives, when Pocahontas was trying to stop the conflict herself. She and Rolfe are already at odds, and when she is coerced onto the returning ship to England as an ambassador for her people, they're forced to try to get along. Pocahontas is still hurting, having been informed John Smith has died, and trying to decide where her life is going. Rolfe pulls out what Pocahontas thinks are some surprising class and manners, protecting her from the rough crew. The ice begins to melt, and when they land in London, Pocahontas is amazed at the sights and sounds of the bustling city. Rolfe speaks with the king, informing him that the Indian princess has come to England, requesting an audience. Governor John Ratcliffe, up to his old schemes, suggests that Pocahontas be invited to the prestigious Hunt Ball, a posh event, attended by the highest of society. Rolfe is sure this is an attempt to sabotage Pocahontas's purposes of establishing peace between the two nations, but he teaches Pocahontas what she needs to know to fit in at the ball. Dressed in a gown and face powder, Pocahontas at first impresses the royal court with her manners and diplomacy. Things turn sour at the ball when the entertainment initiates a bear baiting, and Pocahontas's animal rights ideology kicks in and she speaks out in defense of the helpless animal. She's imprisoned for insubordination. As Rolfe considers desperately what to do, he's visited by a mysterious cloaked figure. It turns out John Smith is alive after all, and together, they rescue Pocahontas from the dungeon. As she decides she has to be true to herself, Smith suggests she runs away, while Rolfe agrees she should stand for what she believes in. When she speaks the truth, and John Smith appears in court, alive and well, in spite of Ratcliffe's report of his death, the King has to agree and work toward Pocahontas's desire for peace. She is pardoned, and Smith is made a Captain with his own ship. Rolfe believes they deserve to be together and steps out, but Smith and Pocahontas realize they've grown apart, and things aren't the same between them. On the ship back to Virginia, Pocahontas is surprised and thrilled to see Rolfe waiting for her, ready to go back with her, giving up his new and celebrated titles and honors, and choosing to honor his heart and the girl he loves.
Rolfe is given the proper English sophistication by Billy Zane.
Pocahontas: (comes out of her room wearing a corset and petticoat) How do I look?
John Rolfe: (looks down) Lovely... in your... underwear.
Pocahontas: What about your duty to the King?
John Rolfe: I have a duty to honor what is in my heart.
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