Up 22,745 this week

Kings of the Sun (1963)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 859 users  
Reviews: 46 user | 7 critic

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 ... See full summary »



(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 30 Nov 2011
a list of 23 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 10000 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 73 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 19 titles
created 5 months ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Kings of the Sun (1963)

Kings of the Sun (1963) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Kings of the Sun.





Complete credited cast:
Chief Black Eagle
Shirley Anne Field ...
Ah Min
Ah Haleb
Barry Morse ...
Ah Zok
Armando Silvestre ...
Leo Gordon ...
Hunac Ceel
Ixzubin (as Victoria Vettri)
Rudy Solari ...
Ford Rainey ...
The chief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel Di Steffano ...
José Moreno ...
The youth


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 Bruno Antony

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

mayan | love | native american | king | cape | See more »


How a lost world became a new world of adventure!


Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

18 December 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kings of the Sun  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1964) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A biblical epic without the Bible
20 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen the trailer for this movie, but I'm sure the words "Cast of Thousands" must have splashed across the screen in giant red letters.

"Kings of the Sun" is a costume melodrama with all the declaiming, strutting around, and general overacting characteristic of all the other costume melodramas produced in the late fifties and early sixties. The setting in pre-Columbian America doesn't really do all that much to distinguish it from the biblical epics filmed in the same period, and Yul Brynner's portrayal of an Indian chief is pretty much the same as his portrayal of an Egyptian pharaoh.

Neither George Chakiris as the Maya king nor love interest Shirley Ann Field bear any resemblance at all to Mayans, of course, but nobody in 1963 would have expected they would. As a matter of fact, Chakiris's hairdo was sufficiently reminiscent of Frankie Avalon's to distract me the whole way through. Still, there's a nice score by the great Elmer Bernstein.

Those who enjoy the genre will probably find some satisfaction in "Kings of the Sun," but certainly would be much happier with "The Ten Commandments" or "Spartacus."

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
ON TCM NOW crispnz
Just saw this movie for the first time... brwneyedwitch70
Kings of the sun johnrigaud
Tipis hilarious coolplants
Shirley Anne Field milliefan
Richard Basehart's Bath Towel spookyrat1
Discuss Kings of the Sun (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: