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Plunder of the Sun (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 26 August 1953 (USA)
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American adventurer gets involved in archaeological artifact smuggling and treasure hunting in Mexico.



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Complete credited cast:
Al Colby
Julie Barnes
Anna Luz
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Thomas Berrien
Eduardo Noriega ...
Raul Cornejo
Julio Villarreal ...
Ulbaldo Navarro (as Julio Villareal)
Charles Rooner ...
Captain Bergman
Consul (as Douglas Dumbrille)


An American insurance adjuster, stranded in Havana, becomes involved with an archaeologist and a collector of antiquities in a hunt for treasure in the Mexican ruins of Zapoteca. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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There was a bullet waiting at the Zapotec gate!


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26 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pillaje al sol  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The lines spoken by Berrien, "For my heart thy breast is enough/ For thy liberty my wings are enough" are from 'Your breast is enough' , from Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda. See more »


At Mitla, Colby shows Julie a hole, indicating that it was a place for offerings to the gods, including human sacrifices. In central America, cenotes (or sinkholes) were used by the native population as water sources and also were used for offerings of human sacrifices and objects. However there are no cenotes at Mitla. See more »


Al Colby: Take a good look at yourself! Who'd want to kiss THAT?
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Crazy Credits

Plunder of the Sun was filmed in its entirety in Mexico in the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla and Monte Alban. We wish to express our gratitude to the wonderful people of Oaxaca, Veracruz and the Churubusco-Azteca Studios in Mexico City for their help and cooperation. See more »


Sin ella
Written by Enrique Fabregat
Sung by an unidentified singer in the saloon
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A good action/mystery with a fine cast
15 September 2001 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

David Dodge's novel is brought to the screen with Ford excellent as protagonist Al Colby. The script however, plays fast and loose with the novel, changing the locale from Peru to Mexico and now the search is on for Aztec artifacts instead of Incan. All things considered, this is a tightly directed and well acted tale. It has not been available for viewing as it seems to be tied up in litigation along with "Island in the Sky"(1953) and "The High and the Mighty"(1954)as the Wayne Family battles Warner Brothers and we are the losers.

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