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The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)

In 1532, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro leads an expedition into the heart of the Inca Empire and captures the Incan Emperor Atahualpa and claims Peru for Spain.

Director:

Irving Lerner

Writers:

Peter Shaffer (play), Philip Yordan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shaw ... Francisco Pizarro
Christopher Plummer ... Atahuallpa
Nigel Davenport ... Hernando de Soto
Leonard Whiting ... Young Martin
Michael Craig ... Estete
Andrew Keir ... Valverde
William Marlowe ... Candia
James Donald ... King Carlos
Alexander Davion ... De Nizza
Sam Krauss Sam Krauss ... Felipillo
Percy Herbert ... Diego
David Bauer ... Villac Umu
Danny Yordan Danny Yordan ... Vasca
Alfredo Porras Alfredo Porras ... Manco
Joaquín Parra Joaquín Parra ... Mendoza
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Storyline

The Spanish explorer Pizarro captures the Inca god-chief Atahualpa and promises to free him upon the delivery of a hoard of gold. But Pizarro finds himself torn between his desire for conquest and his sense of honor after friendship and respect develops between captive and captor. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

The birth of a hero. The death of an empire. The adventure of a lifetime.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Az aranybirodalom bukása See more »

Filming Locations:

Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Plummer had played Pizarro in the 1965 Broadway run of the play; he was asked by Robert Shaw to sign on to the film as Atahualpa. Plummer drew inspiration for his own performance from David Carradine's stage depiction of the Inca. See more »

Quotes

Francisco Pizarro: Save you all. My name is Francisco Pizarro. I'm a bastard, and a soldier of Spain. Once, the world could have had me for a petty farm, two rocky fields, and a señor to my name. But the world said no. Said no and said no. Well, now the world is going to remember me!
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Referenced in The Deep (1977) See more »

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Good Story Ruined by Poor Production Values
12 January 2001 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

Producer Phillip Yordan had some pretty tough days in the early 1970s. Yordan was charged with tax evasion, I believe as part of his relationship with Samuel Bronston and Pierre DuPont. Bronston had allegedly comingled Dupont's money on several of his productions (most notably EL CID and FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE). Bronston was finished by the late 1960s and Yordan would fall later, which may explain the erratic production values of BAD MAN'S RIVER and ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN.

SUN remains, a tattered quasi-masterpiece, despite Christopher Plummer's rather eccentric performance. One wonders what might have been. No matter, what is on display is good enough for the cheap price of the the DVD. Nevertheless, the quality of the DVD leaves much to be desired. The DVD uses a distracting "baby or royal blue" rather than black for its letterboxing. The interlacing is so bad in some sequences, the film is hardly viewable. The sound is uniformly underrecorded. Surely the masters weren't in THIS bad a shape.

Worth a look for students of history AND of good drama.


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