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Kings of the Sun (1963)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 18 December 1963 (USA)
On the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Native American tribe of chief Black Eagle clashes with the Mayan tribe of king Balam.



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Complete credited cast:
Ah Min
Ah Haleb
Ah Zok
Hunac Ceel
Ixzubin (as Victoria Vettri)
Rudy Solari ...
The Chief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel Di Steffano ...
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

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How a lost world became a new world of adventure!


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Release Date:

18 December 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mound Builders  »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Walter Mirisch originally intended for Anthony Quinn to co-star opposite Yul Brynner. See more »


The Mayans and the Mississippians seem to speak the same language, when in fact they are from separate language families (Mayan and Algonquian). 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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Referenced in The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1964) See more »

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I liked its clever premise
8 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie is terrific!. I liked its clever premise of the Mayan culture contacting the Plains Indian culture. The Kon Tiki and Ra voyages of Thor Heyerdahl proved that "primitive" peoples sailed amazingly far distances, so the Mayans reaching North America and meeting a North American tribe is quite feasible. The two cultures' contact was fascinating and involving. I saw this movie years ago, and then once or twice on broadcast television channels. I wish I could see it again! With all the wide variety of cable and satellite channels now available, I wish one of them would show The Kings Of The Sun....... Or that it would become available on video or DVD.......

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