An Inca legend says the Inca Empire was destroyed by the gods when a gold and jeweled star burst was stolen from the Temple of the Sun centuries ago, and the ancient civilization will spring anew when the treasure is returned. The natives want it but so does Harry Steele, an American adventurer of slightly-shady ways who wants it for personal gain, as does his adversary, a grizzled old man even more into skulduggery than Steele. The latter teams up with Elena Antonescu, an Iron Curtain refugee fleeing from the MKVD. She can help him get a plane and he can help her escape Peru for the relative safety of Mexico.Is there a chance they will end up in a bickering love-hate relationship?... Is there a chance an American archaeologist, Dr. Stanley Moorehead, will come along as one corner of a romantic triangle?... Is there a chance that Yma Sumac (billed third on the posters and ads and special billed in the film), who can't act but can sing, will sing a few songs?... Is there a chance that ... Written by
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 14, 1954 with Charlton Heston reprising his film role. See more »
The "Starburst" is the size of a dustbin lid, several inches thick and made of solid gold. Yet, not only can an old man with altitude sickness run around holding it with one hand, but Pachacutec at the end can seemingly hold it up above his head indefinitely. See more »
Do all the railways in Peru have to go this fast?
We're trying to get you back to Cusco in time to catch your plane. Don't worry, we've never lost a tourist yet.
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A good cast and story line could have been an Indiana Jones adventure, but it just doesn't click for me.. Heston plays the bad guy that is looking out for himself going after the Inca treasure. But he fails to make you believe it, and instead comes off as just being sleazy. The real low for me is when Yma Sumac, the Inca Priestess, for lack of a better description of her part, sings. Wow. I have no idea what the director had in mind, but whale calls would have been better. If that is authentic Peruvian folk singing, then I'm a monkey's uncle. It just blows the entire movie for me. The scenery is magnificent and some of the camera shots outstanding. There is some entertainment value here, but the director could have got more mileage out of both the story line and his cast.
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