In New Mexico, a Confederate veteran returns home to find his fiancée married to a Union soldier, his Yankee neighbors rallied against him and his property sold by the local banker who then hires a gunman to kill him.
A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal villiage where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed. He begins to rebuild the duke's authority in the face of the ... See full summary »
Franklin J. Schaffner
In order to flee from powerful enemies, young Mayan king Balam leads his people north across the Gulf of Mexico to the coast of what will become the United States. They build a home in the new land but come into conflict with a tribe of Native Americans led by their chief, Black Eagle, while both Balam and Black Eagle fall in love the beautiful Mayan princess Ixchel. Written by
When Chief Black Eagle (Yul Brynner) and the enemy warrior fall off the pyramid together, they land in what is clearly a softened landing pad covered with sand, as at least 10 square feet of sand around them erupts into the air when they land in it. See more »
Chief Black Eagle:
Being rooted like trees never was meant for us. I take my people to where we belong. For there is no roof but the sky. For there are no walls to the edges of the earth. I take them to where birds sing for us. And where we live free like the deer.
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"Our people cannot live together. There is a wall between us."
"Kings of the Sun" is the story of a civilization burst into full flower
In their profound desire to win favor from the deities, the Mayans made human sacrifice the keystone of their religion
Keeping the Buddhist monk hairstyle as his trademark, Brynner easily steals the show with his virile personality, distinctive look, speech and mannerism He is Black Eagle, the barbarian chief who comes to the defense of the Mayans
George Chakiris plays Balam, the jaguar, king and son of kings to the ninth generation Although in spite of being young and brave and untried, Chakiris lacks the heroic stature with which the role might have been satisfied
Shirley Anne Field is the delicate Ixchel who would never leave Black Eagle except if he ever used to tell her that he loved her
Richard Basehart is the high priest who tried to make the king understand that he cannot bring this new life to his people without giving a life For a thousand years they've been bound by this law The gods cannot be cheated
Leo Gordon is the tyrant Hunac Kell His strength is a sword of metal and the Mayans are powerless against it
Filmed beautifully in Chichén Itzá, Yucatán Mexico, J. Lee Thompson's motion picture is colorful and highly entertaining
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